September 18, 2012, 6:30 AM

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Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Google takes on Instagram and Facebook by acquiring top iOS photo app Snapseed  —  Google has agreed to acquire Nik Software, the German developer of photography app Snapseed, for an undisclosed amount.  Sources close to the deal tell The Verge that while Nik Software produces all sorts …
iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Top Two Million in First 24 Hours  —  Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 5 topped two million in just 24 hours, more than double the previous record of one million held by iPhone 4S.  Demand for iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply and while the majority …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Amazon Cloud Player launches in the UK, France and Germany  —  Amazon has launched its Cloud Player in the UK, France and Germany, enabling consumers here to listen to music stored in Amazon's cloud music service.  We saw a few tweets and an aside in an email promoting tomorrow's Entertainment …
More: The Next WebThanks:@stuartdredge
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Internet Archive Amasses All TV News Since 2009  —  Inspired by a pillar of antiquity, the Library of Alexandria, Brewster Kahle has a grand vision for the Internet Archive, the giant aggregator and digitizer of data, which he founded and leads.  —  “We want to collect all the books …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Office 2013 packages start at $139.99 or $99.99 per year for a subscription version  —  Microsoft is revealing the final pricing structure for its Office 2013 packages today.  After introducing a preview of Office 2013 in July, Microsoft is planning to offer a subscription version of Office 2013 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Yahoo!s Now Removing The ® From Their Logo.  Is The Exclamation Mark Next?  —  File in “Silicon Valley Things That Are Amazing/Ridiculous"*: Apparently free iPhones and food aren't the only cultural changes being enacted in Marissa Mayer's Yahoo!® ...
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Nokia confirms: Amazon has licensed its Location Platform for maps and geocoding  —  It's not that a big surprise anymore, after Reuters earlier reported that Amazon teamed up with Nokia for mapping services, but to my knowledge the Finnish smartphone and mobile software maker has never actually confirmed this to date.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Nothing to see here: Samsung dismisses Galaxy S4 launch rumors  —  A day after it was reported that it would launch the successor to its popular Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next year, Samsung has taken to its official Twitter account to put an end to rumors of a Galaxy S4 unveiling early next year.
More: Sammy Hub and Pocketnow
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Two men admit to $10 million hacking spree on Subway sandwich shops  —  The Romanians admitted their role in ring that compromised some 146,000 cards.  —  Two Romanian men have admitted to participating in an international conspiracy that hacked into credit-card payment terminals …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Lenovo buys US-based Stoneware to strengthen its cloud computing services  —  Lenovo has moved to strengthen its cloud computing capabilities and ‘PC Plus’ strategy after the Chinese tech firm announced a deal to buy US-based Stoneware, completing its first ever software acquisition.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Wikimedia enables ebook export feature on Wikipedia for your offline reading pleasure  —  Wikimedia today announced that it has enabled a new EPUB export feature on Wikipedia, but only on the English version of the site.  You can use the new feature to collate your personal collection …
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Apple's A6 chip development detailed  —  Analyst Linley Gwennap explains the development Apple's A6 in the iPhone 5.  —  How did Apple arrive at the A6 chip in the iPhone 5?  A longtime chip analyst documents the long and winding road.  —  While endorsing a report that the A6 is a unique Apple design …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Appeals court halts proceedings in Google Books case  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today granted a stay in the long-running copyright case between the Authors Guild and Google over the search giant's book scanning project.  —  In its order, the New York court agreed …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Is the iPhone good enough?  —  We don't want to make a new phone.  We want to make a much better phone.  - Jony Ive, video at iPhone 5 launch event Disruption theory has taught us that the greatest danger facing a company is making a product better than it needs to be.
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Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Sorry, Developers: Don't Expect Facebook's F8 Conference This Year  —  Last year around this time, Facebook was gearing up for F8, the social giant's conference in San Francisco to address the thousands of developers creating applications and Web sites that work with Facebook's ecosystem.
Louis Goddard / The Verge:
Canon launches Project 1709 social image management service in UK beta  —  Canon has launched the beta version of a new image management platform, aiming to provide a central location for viewing photographs from a wide range of services and networks.  Dubbed “Project 1709” …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Judge won't dissolve U.S. Samsung tablet injunction — yet  —  The judge in the U.S. case between Apple and Samsung says she can't dissolve a 3-month-old injunction on Samsung's tablet.  —  Samsung's efforts to dissolve a 3-month-old ban on its once-flagship tablet have been put on ice by a U.S. District Court judge.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Clover Trail Atoms will give Windows 8 tablets ARM-like battery life  —  Intel's next generation of Atom processors made headlines last week because it will completely eschew Linux support, but that wasn't the only detail about the new Clover Trail platform that came out of last week's Intel Developer Forum …

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