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September 25, 2012, 11:25 PM

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Alexandra Chang / Wired:
Ballmer Pitches Windows 8 to Developers, But Keeps Tight Rein on Surface  —  Ballmer at the RocketSpace event speaking to developers and VCs about Windows 8.  Photo: Alexandra Chang/Wired  —  Microsoft is working hard to turn developer attention to Windows 8.
More: ZDNet and The Next Web
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 …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Mayer to Yahoos at Not-So-Radical Confab: Personalization, Mobile, Rule of 100 Million and — Most of All — the Four C's!  —  New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer took to the stage today at the Silicon Valley Internet company's URL's Café on its Sunnyvale, Calif., HQ campus to outline — in very broad strokes — her plans for the future.
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.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Apple had over a year left on Google Maps contract, Google scrambling to build iOS app  —  Apple's decision to ship its own mapping system in the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 was made over a year before the company's agreement to use Google Maps expired, according to two independent sources familiar with the matter.
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 …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Apple denied trademark for music icon thanks to... MySpace  —  Apple is used to getting its way when it comes to intellectual property.  It came up short, however, in getting protection for its famous music icon after trademark judges said last week that consumers might confuse the mark with one owned my MySpace.
More: Gizmodo, CNET and Macgasm
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Sweet: Instagram finally updated to support iOS 6 but iPhone 5 appears to lose live filter preview  —  Updated with more info on live filters below.  —  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!
Lance Whitney / CNET:
iPhone 5 reservation system goes live  —  Using Apple's Personal Pickup Web site, you can preorder a phone between 10 p.m and 4 a.m. and then get it from your local store the following day.  —  Eager iPhone 5 buyers can now pre-purchase the phone during the night and then pick it up during the day.
Eric Jackson / Forbes:
Eric Schmidt Says Google Would Love to Replace Microsoft as Yahoo!'s Search Partner  —  Overnight, Eric Schmidt, Google's (GOOG) Executive Chairman, spoke in Tokyo at a launch event for a new Nexus tablet.  There are many articles this morning reporting on his comments tsk-tsking Apple …
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 …
Kevin Parrish / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Toshiba's First Hybrid Drives Are Now Shipping  —  Toshiba's first line of hybrid drives will first launch in notebooks later this year.  —  Toshiba said on Tuesday (pdf) that it has shipped its very first line of 2.5-inch hybrid drives, the MQ01ABDH series.
Jay Greene / CNET:
Riots, suicides, and other issues in Foxconn's iPhone factories  —  What makes life hard at the giant plants that make iPhones and other staples of high-tech life?  CNET's Jay Greene traveled to China to find out.  —  Li Yue, a 21-year-old student, waits outside a recruiting kiosk outside a plant run by Foxconn in Zhengzhou, China.
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