September 19, 2012, 11:15 AM

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Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
The iPhone Takes to the Big Screen  —  The world's most popular smartphone becomes significantly faster, thinner and lighter this week, while gaining a larger, 4-inch screen—all without giving up battery life, comfort in the hand and high-quality construction.  —  [ See post to watch video ]
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPhone 5  —  The iPhone 5 is really nice.  It feels great, looks great, has the best display I've seen at any size, runs noticeably faster, networks noticeably faster, is way thinner and lighter than any of its predecessors, takes better photos, and, in my six days of testing, gets totally decent iPhone-4S-level battery life.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
First iPhone 5 Reviews: Thinner, Lighter, LTE “Stunningly Fast”  —  The embargo has just lifted on the first iPhone 5 reviews.  Apple has provided some publications with an early review unit of the iPhone 5.  We are collecting some of the more interesting points from each review, but you can click each title to read the full writeup.
iPhone 5/A6 SunSpider Performance: Faster than Intel's Atom Z2460  —  The first iPhone 5 reviews have lifted, confirming the leaked Geekbench data we saw in our earlier post.  Apple's A6 appears to feature two custom ARM cores running at up to 1GHz.  A new datapoint comes courtesy …
David Pogue / New York Times:
IPhone 5 Scores Well, With a Quibble  —  If you were taking a college course called iPhone 101, your professor might identify three factors that have made Apple's smartphone a mega-success.  —  First, design.  A single company, known for its obsession over details, produces both the hardware and the software.
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
iPhone 5 Carries $199 BOM, Virtual Teardown Reveals  —  This is an IHS iSuppli News Flash from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS) covering the IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Service's virtual teardown of the iPhone 5.  This virtual teardown information is based on an analysis …
Gideon Spanier / London News:
Sir Jonathan Ive and entire Apple design team fly to London to collect prestigious D&AD awards  —  Apple has been named the best brand and the best design studio of the last 50 years at the D&AD Awards, one of the world's most prestigious prizes for advertising and design.
Dan DeSilva / 9to5Mac:
Apple Marketing SVP Phil Schiller confirms: Apple has no iPhone 5 dock in the works  —  We were recently forwarded an email where a reader reached out to Philip Schiller, Apple's Senior VP of Marketing, to ask if Apple was planning to release a dock for the new iPhone 5.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's iOS 6 due for release at 1 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific  —  The company is hoping to avoid a logjam on Friday, when the iPhone 5 goes on sale  —  FORTUNE — iOS 6, the newest version of Apple (AAPL) iPhone/iPad software platform, is scheduled to arrive today, Wednesday Sept. 19.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Here Come The Tweets: Gnip Offers Access to Full Twitter Archive (For a Price)  —  Twitter is largely credited with the rise of the “interest graph,” the name for the network of various and sundry things we as humans like to do, and the ways in which those interests connect us to one another.
Lee Chyen Yee / Reuters:
ZTE, Mozilla aim to roll out mobile operating system in coming months  —  (Reuters) - China's ZTE Corp, the world's fourth largest mobile phone handset vendor, is cooperating with Mozilla, maker of web browser Firefox, to introduce a new mobile operating system later this year or early next year, a ZTE spokesman said on Wednesday.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
No-Name Company Sues Internet, Misunderstands GitHub  —  A virtually unknown company called PersonalWeb Technologies has launched a series of patent infringement suits against some of the internet's most important companies, including Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, and IBM.
Spencer E. Ante / Digits:
Former TechCrunch Editor Erick Schonfeld To Run DEMO  —  The technology conference wars just got a bit more dramatic.  Former TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld is taking over the management of DEMO from VentureBeat editor in chief Matt Marshall, who is returning to the tech blog exclusively …
More: Erick SchonfeldTweets: @rafat, @eldon and @robinwauters
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
‘Slim’ Sony PlayStation 3 to debut in North America September 25, worldwide October  —  Sony has taken the wraps off its new ‘slim’ PlayStation 3 at the Toyko Games Show.  The new version of the console will debut in North America on September 25 before hitting Japan, Europe and the rest …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon Promising Merchants “Lowest Cost” Payments Service (And It's Using an iPhone)  —  Groupon is rolling out a new payments service today, which it hopes will create new reasons for merchants to continue using the Chicago daily deal provider.  —  In an interview, Mihir Shah …
More: Groublogpon and GigaOM
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
OpenStack gets real  —  After a sometimes contentious incubation period, the OpenStack Foundation is now official, with a new 24-member board chaired by SUSE exec and Linux Foundation director Alan Clark; 5,600 members; and $10 million in backer's funding.  Rackspace's Jonathan Bryce …
Jack Clark / ZDNet:
Google reveals Spanner, the database tech that can span the planet  —  Summary: The Spanner technology sees Google craft a globally distributed database to underpin its massive software platforms with the help of atomic clocks, GPS systems and some of its most lauded computer scientists.  —  Jack Clark
More: GigaOM and Wired
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
U.S. Internet giants, including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Yahoo, form new lobbying association  —  A group of 14 Internet juggernauts such as Facebook, Google, eBay,, Zynga, Yahoo and others have formed a brand new lobbying group in the United States called The Internet Association …
The Verge:
Live from HTC's event  —  After a 15-minute or so delay, we're seated and waiting for HTC to kick off its event.  The bass is bumping and thumping, and unlike the low key exterior, HTC has set a colorful, 1970s-esque dance club vibe.  Vertical lines bouncing on a large panel.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Samsung Electronics to build new U.S. R&D center on an 8.5 acre campus in Mountain View  —  Samsung Electronics (Samsung) today announced that it will move its R&D subsidiary Samsung Information Systems America (SISA) to a new 8.5 acre campus in Mountain View, California.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Twitch Raises $15 Million to Be the YouTube of the Videogame World  —  Twitch, which was started by the people at Justin.TV, has raised more money to continue building an online video platform where viewers can watch live footage of videogames being played.  —  The experience can be analogous …

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