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September 25, 2012, 6:55 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
BlackBerry 10 Beta 3 hands-on photos and video  —  RIM has just unveiled the latest iteration of the BlackBerry 10 operating system, set to be released on new devices early next year.  We have finally gotten a look at the UI RIM will be shipping, and it's an interesting mix …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins: ‘we have a clear shot at being number three’  —  Speaking to the press today shortly after the unveiling of the latest beta version of BlackBerry 10 and a new developer device, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins discussed BlackBerry 10's chances on the market.
iFixit:
Apple A6 Teardown  —  Geeks rejoice!  We have partnered with Chipworks for a double-the-geeks, double-the-fun teardown of Apple's new A6 Processor.  The A6 is rumored to make use of two custom 1 GHz CPUs running the ARMv7s instruction set.  Along our journey into the A6 …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's Lightning port dynamically assigns pins to allow for reversible use  —  A cabling expert has taken a closer look at how Apple's new Lightning connector works, and has come to the conclusion that the 8 pins on each side of the plug are dynamically assigned, likely thanks to the use of a unique chip in the iPhone 5.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple Marketing SVP comments on iPhone 5 scratches and chips: ‘That is normal’ for aluminum products  —  We just received (and verified headers of) an email exchange from a 9to5Mac reader to Senior Vice President of Marketing Phil Schiller, where the Apple executive gave his take on the small amount …
Kevin Krolicki / Reuters:
Google says Maps not waiting in wings for iPhone 5  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc has made no move to provide Google Maps for the iPhone 5 after Apple Inc dropped the application in favor of a home-grown but controversial alternative, Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Possible flaw in Samsung's TouchWiz UI leaves smartphones open to data-wiping, SIM locks and more  —  A bug in the way Samsung's TouchWiz UI interacts with USSD codes on Android smartphones may allow an attacker to perform a factory reset on susceptible devices, simply by embedding a link on a website or sending an SMS.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
California Governor Brown signs bill clearing use of driverless cars on public roads (video)  —  Google just chalked up one of the more important victories for driverless cars.  California Governor Jerry Brown has signed bill SB1298 into law, formalizing the legal permissions and safety standards needed …
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Xbox Challenged as Cable Plots to Make Consoles Obsolete  —  AT&T Inc. (T), Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) are gearing up for a push to deliver video games directly to televisions, said people with knowledge of the matter, a strategy shift that poses a threat …
Bloomberg:
Apple Use of Thin Display Seen Driving IPhone 5 Supply Shortfall  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s decision to create a smartphone that boasts a thinner, lighter touch screen contributed to the component shortfall that caused demand to outstrip supply of the iPhone on its debut weekend.
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
Apple Thefts in New York Outpace Rise in Overall Crime  —  Thefts of Apple Inc. (AAPL) products in New York City increased more since last year than crime overall, according to the police department.  —  The Cupertino, California-based company's products were stolen in a total …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Sweet: Instagram finally updated to support iOS 6 but iPhone 5 appears to lose live filter preview  —  Instagram for iPhone has been updated to support iOS 6 and the new iPhone 5, fixing the awkward centering stopgap that we've had to deal with for...a whole 4 days now!
Eric Jackson / Forbes:
Eric Schmidt Says Google Would Love to Replace Microsoft as Yahoo!'s Search Partner  —  Click for full photo gallery: Eric Schmidt  —  Overnight, Eric Schmidt, Google's (GOOG) Executive Chairman, spoke in Tokyo at a launch event for a new Nexus tablet.  —  There are many articles …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
FCC will review objections to AT&T's FaceTime blocking, ‘exercise our responsibilities’ if necessary  —  The FCC has yet to comment on AT&T's decision to limit FaceTime over cellular connections, but in remarks made today at Vox Media's offices in Washington, DC, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski suggested …
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
StumbleUpon releases new site redesign in beta, featuring Pinterest-like stumbles and lists  —  Following a traffic nose-dive from last December's site redesign, the loss of its CEO and the recent release of a redesigned iOS app, StumbleUpon is today revealing a site redesign in beta.
Washington Post:
Donuts Inc.'s major play for new Web domain names raises fears of fraud  —  A historic land rush is underway for vast new swaths of the Internet: Amazon has bid for control of all the Web addresses that end with “.book.”  Google wants “.buy.”  Allstate wants “.carinsurance.”

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