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August 13, 2012, 5:15 PM

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Rene Ritchie / iMore:
iPhone 5 pre-orders planned for September 12, second release wave for first week of October  —  A couple of weeks ago iMore reported that Apple would be holding their iPhone 5 event on September 12, 2012.  We've since learned that iPhone 5 pre-orders are currently planned to begin that same day …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
AT&T planning for iPhone launch in late September, clearing schedules through October  —  According to a trusted AT&T (T) source, the carrier is currently planning to launch Apple's (AAPL) next-generation iPhone during the third or fourth week of September, with an all-hands-on-deck policy …
Reuters:
Apple has licensed design patents to Microsoft: executive  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc licensed its prized design patents to Microsoft Corp but with an “anti-cloning agreement” to prevent copying of its iPhone and iPad, an Apple executive said on Monday.  —  The testimony from Apple patent …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Buy Frommer's Travel Brand  —  Google Inc. is acquiring the Frommer's travel brand from publicly traded publishing house John Wiley & Sons Inc. for an undisclosed price in order to bolster its offerings of local reviews around the world.  —  The deal is expected to close shortly.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Motorola to Cut 20% of Work Force, Part of Sweeping Change  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Motorola Mobility, the ailing cellphone maker that Google bought in May, told employees Sunday that it would lay off 20 percent of its work force and close a third of its 94 offices worldwide.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Photos of alleged next-generation iPhone motherboard surface, point to new antennas, battery  —  A WeiPhone forums user posts a couple of photos of what is apparently claimed to be a motherboard/logicboard for the next-generation iPhone.  If legitimate, the part appears to be a prototype unit …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Kim Dotcom promises that disruptive new music service, Megabox, will launch this year  —  Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has dropped the biggest hint yet that his disruptive new music project is on schedule to launch before the end of the year, according to a tweet from the German …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Windows Next: Just call it ‘Blue’?  —  Summary: Windows 9 might not be Microsoft's next version of Windows.  Instead, ‘Blue’ could be the interim release that shows up first.  —  It's been a couple weeks of Microsoft naming madness.  To top it all off at the end of last week …

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