September 21, 2012, 4:05 PM

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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 Now on Sale in the U.S.  —  The iPhone 5 just launched in the U.S. along the east coast.  Fortune's Philip Elmer-Dewitt is at the 5th Avenue Store and notes that the line is longer than last year's iPhone 4S line: … The first day pre-orders for the iPhone 5 doubled last year's iPhone 4S launch.
Yoree Koh / Japan Real Time:
Burglars in Japan First to Get Hands on iPhone 5 … A group of thieves in Japan got a jump start on nabbing Apple Inc .'s iPhone 5 before anyone else in the world Friday morning.  —  At a time when thousands of eager Apple fans were already lined up outside outlets around the world …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Black iPhone 5 Anodized Aluminum Susceptible to Scratching?  —  After the original announcement of the iPhone 5, one early concern amongst readers was how well the anodized aluminum back and edges of the black iPhone 5 would hold up over time.  —  One lengthy thread on our forums …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
iPhone 5 review  —  Apple's latest smartphone gets a bigger screen, LTE, and more power — but does it keep the crown?  —  Ah, to review the iPhone 5 — what a blessing, and what a curse.  It's actually funny to think that there was a time not that long ago that the iPhone wasn't even a thing, let alone an iconic part of pop culture.
Jeff Benjamin /
The Verizon iPhone 5 is GSM unlocked, tested with AT&T  —  I can confirm that the Verizon iPhone 5 is indeed GSM unlocked.  Even though I bought an iPhone 5 from Verizon under contract, I was able to cut down my AT&T Micro SIM, and use it in my Verizon iPhone 5 to pick up an AT&T signal.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook Turns Off Facial Recognition In The EU, Gets The All-Clear On Several Points From Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner On Its Review  —  The ongoing investigation into Facebook's transparency on user data and privacy by Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner has come to a positive conclusion for the social network.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Good Karma!  Facebook to launch social gifting app in the US in a matter of weeks  —  Around the same time it started listing its shares on NASDAQ, Facebook announced that it had acquired social gifting app maker Karma for a reported $80 million+, making it one of the company's largest purchases to date.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
OpenStreetMap Gets First Major Funding From Knight News Challenge  —  OpenStreetMap, the increasingly popular Wikipedia-like project to create a map of the world — it's now used by Apple, Foursquare and others — has gotten its first major funding grant.  —  Knight News Challenge …
China's Alibaba to spin off team developing mobile operating system  —  (Reuters) - Alibaba Group, China's biggest e-commerce firm, will spin off the team developing its Aliyun mobile operating system, which Google Inc claims uses aspects of its own mobile operating system Android.
Apple Loses German Court Ruling Against Samsung in Patent Suit  —  The 4G Price War Brewing Over the IPhone 5  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) lost a court ruling against Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) in Germany regarding claims the South Korean company's Galaxy devices infringed patents on the iPhone maker's touch-screen technology.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Welcomes Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson's “The Internship” on Campus  —  You wouldn't know that relations between Google and Hollywood are testy by the week they've had together.  —  Google has taken in movie stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn with open arms, lending its campus as the set for their upcoming film “The Internship.”
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Pulling Back On Frictionless Sharing Apps  —  On Thursday, Facebook's Manager of Media Partnerships, Andy Mitchell, told a panel of journalists and fellow Facebookers that the site was moving away from “passive sharing,” referring to apps released by the Washington Post …
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Asus to unveil the Padfone 2 in October  —  The Asus Padfone hasn't exactly taken the world by storm since Asus first introduced the smartphone that can transform into a tablet, notebook, or desktop with liberal use of docking stations.  In fact, the Padfone has yet to officially go on sale in the US.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
W3C announces plan to deliver HTML 5 by 2014, HTML 5.1 in 2016  —  The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the group that manages development of the main specifications used by the Web, has proposed a new plan that would see the HTML 5 spec positioned as a Recommendation—which in W3C's lingo represents …
Rumor of Google Maps for iOS 6 submission likely false  —  A rumor that Google had submitted an iOS 6-compatible maps app to Apple after the built-in version was removed with the new mobile OS is false, says the well-connected Jim Dalrymple.  —  In a trademark terse post to his website The Loop …
Omar El Akkad / Globe and Mail:
RIM restores service after struggling with BlackBerry outages on 3 continents  —  Research In Motion Ltd. struggled with a service outage that affected BlackBerry users on three continents on Friday.  —  RIM's U.K. branch acknowledged the problem in a short message on Twitter early Friday morning.

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