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September 25, 2012, 12:30 AM

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Apple:
iPhone 5 First Weekend Sales Top Five Million  —  Apple® today announced it has sold over five million of its new iPhone® 5, just three days after its launch on September 21, and more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6, the world's most advanced mobile operating system. iPhone 5 …
Bloomberg:
Apple IPhone 5 Misses Estimates Even as 5 Million Units Are Sold  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) reported debut weekend sales for the iPhone 5 that fell short of some analysts' estimates amid supply constraints.  —  More than 5 million units of the iPhone 5 were sold in the first three days …
Anthony Drendel:
iOS Maps and China  —  It seems like people really hate the new Maps in iOS 6.  Now, I'm not disputing that Maps does give a lot of strange results to a lot of people all around the world, but for a large, large number of people, iOS 6 Maps has been a huge improvement over Google Maps.
Spandas Lui / ZDNet:
Woz: Apple Maps disappointing, but flaws ‘not that severe’  —  Summary: Apple co-founder downplayed problems with the new Apple Maps application, which replaced Google Maps on iPhones that have iOS 6.  —  Spandas Lui  —  Reviews of Apple's Maps have been mixed at best …
Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
iPhone 5 Galaxy S III Display Technology Shoot-Out  —  The iPhone 5 has been the most anticipated mobile device of 2012 together with its cousin the iPad Mini, which we expect to be seeing shortly.  Apple has made displays their most prominent marketing feature because it determines the quality …
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Myspace teases a completely rethought service, and believe it or not, it looks beautiful  —  Myspace has just revealed a video of what appears the be the future of the once wildly popular social network, now that Justin Timberlake and others have steered it in a new direction.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Facebook Confirms No Private Messages Appearing On Timeline.  They're Old Wall Posts.  —  Updated.  Some Facebook users were alarmed this morning when it appeared that private messages written in 2009 and earlier were showing up on viewable Timelines as messages “Posted by friends.”
Negar Salek / The Australian Financial Review:
Wozniak likes NBN so much, he's applying for citizenship  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has listed the rollout of a national broadband network as one of the reasons he wants to become an Australian.  Mr Wozniak told The Australian Financial Review in Sydney that he had spoken …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Verizon says iPhone 5 won't be ‘relocked’  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Wireless said Monday that it won't prevent its version of the iPhone 5 from being used on AT&T's network.  The Verizon version of the iPhone 5, which went on sale Friday, came with an unexpected feature …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Twitter Cofounder Suggests A Replacement For The Follower Count  —  “The dream metric is how many people saw your tweet,” says Ev Williams.  Twitter's own Klout?  —  Via: @jonsteinberg  —  Twitter cofounder Ev Williams — who remains on the company's board — hinted Monday that follower counts …
Tweets: @cbuckser and @buzzfeedben
James Glanz / New York Times:
Data Centers in Rural Washington State Gobble Power  —  QUINCY, Wash. — Set in the dry hills and irrigated farmland of Central Washington, Grant County is known for its robust harvest of apples, potatoes, cherries and beans.  But for Microsoft, a prime lure was the region's other valuable resource: cheap electrical power.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Apple to meet Swiss railway over clock-design flap — report  —  An Agence France-Presse wire report notes that the Swiss railway SBB, which has accused Apple of ripping off a decades-old clock design used in its stations, doesn't intend to ‘upset’ Apple by asking for money.
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
Twitter's Biz Stone teams up with Ron Howard for a movie inspired by your tweets (video)  —  Twitter's cofounder Biz Stone, @Biz, has asked millions of Twitter users to submit their photos, which he'll use to inspire a short film that he'll direct under the tutelage of Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.
Zusha Elinson / The Bay Citizen:
Google car zooms toward legal status  —  Mountain View company uses its clout to win legislative support for self-driving vehicles  —  When veteran legislative staffer Howard Posner began working on a bill that would allow driverless, computer-controlled cars to roam California's highways …
More: TechCrunch and BuzzFeed
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple TV updated to iOS 5.1, bringing Shared Photo Streams, AirPlay broadcasting and more  —  Apple has updated the Apple TV software to version 5.1, bringing along with it support for the new Shared Photo Streams introduced in iOS 6, as well as iTunes Account Sharing and other goodies, reports MacRumors.
Iain Marlow / Globe and Mail:
Flatlining user base spells end of RIM's growth story  —  A decade after Research In Motion Ltd. introduced its first smartphone, the tribe of BlackBerry users has stopped growing.  —  RIM is in the midst of a long-running slump in sales, but despite that, it has still managed to sell enough devices …
Sarah Clark / NFC World:
Microsoft demos Windows Phone 8 mobile wallet  —  John Skovron, group program manager for Windows Phone 8, showed off the capabilities of the software giant's new NFC-enabled wallet at the NFC World Congress last week and explained how the technology could help Microsoft gain mobile phone market share.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
The W3C has accepted and published Microsoft's ‘Pointer Events’ submission  —  Today Microsoft announced that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has “accepted and published” its ‘Pointer Events’ specification.  —  No, this isn't the sexiest of news, but even if it won't get your blood pumping …
More: W3C, MSDN Blogs and Neowin
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Beloved email client Sparrow will get yet another post-acquisition update to support iPhone 5  —  The much-loved email client Sparrow will be getting another compatibility update, adding support for the iPhone 5′s larger screen.  The news came from a tweet by Sparrow founder Dom Leca today.
Wall Street Journal:
Revenge of the Nerds, the Sequel: Silicon Valley Wallflowers Now Hot  —  As Web Darlings See Stocks Fall, Spotlight Hits Business Tech; ‘Sexy Again’  —  Phil Fernandez was used to being a Silicon Valley wallflower.  —  His start-up makes software for marketing departments, and for years …
Josh Kopelman / Redeye VC:
The Dorm Room Fund  —  I was a dorm room entrepreneur.  —  I co-founded my first company, Infonautics, back in 1991 while I was a Junior at Penn.  By the time I (barely) graduated, we had 20 employees.  It was through this personal experience at Penn that I first learned that college campuses …
Grant McCool / Reuters:
Former Intel exec avoids prison in insider-trading scandal after testifying against friend  —  NEW YORK — A former Intel (INTC) executive, whose trial testimony helped convict hedge fund titan Raj Rajaratnam, avoided prison time on Monday for his role in the biggest insider-trading prosecution of a generation.

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