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September 18, 2013, 11:30 AM

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Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
The iPhone 5s Review  —  For much of the iPhone's life Apple has enjoyed a first-mover advantage.  At the launch of the first iPhone, Steve Jobs expected the device and OS would give it a multi-year head start over the competition.  Indeed that's how the market played out.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPhone 5S and 5C  —  The 5C  —  Let's consider the new iPhone 5C1 first, because it's easier to understand.  —  On the inside, it's an iPhone 5, with a few relatively minor upgrades.  (To wit: the cellular antenna now supports more LTE bands and faster LTE speeds, and the front-facing FaceTime camera is better.)
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
iPhone 5s is “the best smartphone on the market”  —  A New Touch for iPhone  —  Apple brings out a new top-of-the-line iPhone model every year, but a redesign only every other year.  In the intervening cycles, the company tends to keep the phone's exterior the same, but change the innards and the software.
David Pogue / New York Times:
In Arrival of 2 iPhones, 3 Lessons  —  We can draw three lessons from the arrival of Apple's two new iPhone models, the 5C and 5S.  —  LESSON 1 Apple may have set its own bar for innovation too high.  —  Year after year, Steve Jobs used to blow our minds with products we didn't know we wanted.
Fernando Delgado / Yahoo:
Yahoo app for iOS 7: Now with breaking news, “My Saves,” and cinemagraphs  —  by Fernando Delgado, Senior Director of Product Management, Mobile and Emerging Products  —  The Yahoo app is one of our daily experiences — we present news that's personalized just for you.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
No Internet?  No Problem: YouTube Getting Ready to Let You Watch Videos Offline, on Your Phone.  —  YouTube streams more than six billion hours of video a month.  Soon it will let people watch some of those videos even if they're not connected to the Web.  —  Next month, Google's video site …
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
The iPhone 5c Review  —  For years now Apple has followed a rather intelligent waterfall of its products down the pricing stack.  With the arrival of every new iPhone, the previous generation gets a $100 discount from its on-contract price, and the generation before that one is offered for free on-contract.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Hulu signs content deal to add 144 titles from BBC  —  Hulu Lines Up New Video Content  —  After Months in Limbo, Streaming Site to Add 144 Titles From the BBC  —  Hulu LLC is once again making significant investments in content, after months in limbo on the auction block.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
BlackBerry Z30 official: 5-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2,880mAh battery and BB 10.2  —  If you were paying attention to the late summer leaks, then the BlackBerry above won't strike you as a surprise.  That's because it's the newly announced BlackBerry Z30 …
Nick Heer / Pixel Envy:
iOS 7 Review  —  iOS 7: The Pixel Envy Review  —  A year ago — to the day — I closed my review of iOS 6 by noting that Apple tends to prefer subtler updates: … You can therefore imagine how dumb I feel now, staring at a version of iOS that looks vastly different to those which preceded it.
More: TUAW and SlashGearTweets: @thetechblock and @jonrussellThanks:@nickheer
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Tesla's ‘autopilot’ car project targets 90 percent of miles driven, three years from now  —  Tesla CEO Elon Musk has discussed the company's ambitions to build a self-driving car on more than one occasion, and now he's revealed a bit more about its plans.  After reports today about a job listing …
Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
Pandora Wins Licensing Ruling Against Songwriters  —  Pandora Media Inc. (P), the biggest Internet radio service, won a judge's order to stop a group representing songwriters and music publishers from narrowing the scope of licenses that allow their music to be played.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Expands Chrome Data Compression Feature On iOS  —  Google has begun expanding access to its Chrome data compression feature to more users, specifically those on iOS devices who have the company's mobile browser app installed.  The feature's existence was announced some time ago …
More: Engadget, 9to5Mac, SlashGear and memeburnTweets: @kenyarmosh
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Videoconferencing Startup Blue Jeans Network Raises $50 Million  —  Last summer, I did a videoconference that was notable for all the different ways that the people involved with it sought to connect.  —  I was at home in my apartment in New York, using Skype.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Morgan Stanley: Apple iPhone sales up 28% this quarter  —  AlphaWise survey data through Sept. 15 catches early interest in iPhones 5C and 5S.  —  FORTUNE — Apple (AAPL) had only just begun taking iPhone 5C pre-orders Sunday when Morgan Stanley's AlphaWise Smartphone Tracker closed the books on Q3 2013 …
Alex Colon / GigaOM:
Virgin Mobile's YouTube channel uses ‘BlinkWashing’ to change the ad whenever you blink  —  Virgin Mobile's YouTube page has one of the coolest things I've seen online in some time.  It is using a webcam technology it calls “BlinkWashing” to track your eye movements and change the ad whenever you blink.
More: The Verge and I4U News
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple takes redesigned iCloud.com with iOS 7-like design out of beta  —  Ahead of tomorrow's launch of iOS 7, Apple has taken the wraps off of a brand-new iCloud website.  The new website went into beta earlier this year, and it is completely redesigned to match the simpler …
Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
NVIDIA Tegra Note: the Tegra 4-powered, stylus-endowed tablets arrive next month starting at $199  —  As a follow to NVIDIA's Tegra 3 reference design for tablets, the company is now unveiling a more ambitious platform known as Tegra Note that leverages the Tegra 4, supports stylus input and provides new multimedia features.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Develop More TV Programs as It Readies Xbox One  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said it will expand its TV programming beyond the show based on its best-selling “Halo” game as it tries to position the new Xbox One console as a portal for games, videos and music.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Microsoft Windows Phone 8 gets FIPS 140-2 security accreditation from NIST  —  Microsoft Windows Phone 8 granted government security standard  —  Summary: Will government security accreditation increase the adoption rates of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8?  —  Charlie Osborne
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Pandora welcomes iTunes Radio with new iOS apps, tweaked branding  —  Sometimes timing is everything: Pandora is releasing new iOS apps as well as a new logo and tweaked branding on the same day that Apple is will release iOS 7 as well as its own internet radio product dubbed iTunes Radio.
Lessley Anderson / The Verge:
Machine language: How Siri found its voice  —  Inside the art of making computers talk  —  GM Voices is nestled on a rolling, leafy road in Alpharetta, Georgia, an affluent suburb of Atlanta.  A recording studio specializing in voice-over work, it produces narration for corporate training videos …

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