September 18, 2013, 12:40 AM

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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.
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
iPhone 5s review  —  Forward-thinking.  It's ironic that Apple's marketing slogan for the iPhone 5s invites us to look ahead to the future when, from the outside, the device looks like a carbon copy of last year's model, the iPhone 5.  But just like any other odd-year iPhone — the “S” …
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.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple testing iOS 7.0.1, preparing iOS 7.1 - iPhone 5s supply ‘severely constrained’  —  It's no secret Apple is working on newer versions of iOS 7 even before iOS 7 is released to the public.  We're able to confirm this two ways: one is through multiple sources of ours and the second is, well, because we have one.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 5s to be constrained at launch as Apple preps app to check availability  —  While supply for Apple's iPhone 5c has been strong enough to deter complete sell-outs from carrier stores and Apple's own online store, sources say that supplies of the higher-end iPhone 5s will be constrained at launch (as we expected).
Alistair Barr / USA Today:
Google looking to replace third-party cookies with new anonymous identifier AdID  —  Google eyes big change in online tracking for ads  —  Google is developing an anonymous identifier for advertising, or AdID, that would replace third-party cookies as the way advertisers track people's …
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Inside Dropbox's Quest to Bury the Hard Drive  —  With his prototype in hand, Houston made a demo video that he posted to Hacker News, the geek newswire offshoot of Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's leading startup accelerator.  Readers voted the video to the top of the site.
Brian Fung / The Switch:
How Chattanooga beat Google Fiber by half a decade  —  They may not realize it, but starting today, some high-end Internet subscribers in Chattanooga, Tenn., will turn on their computers and start browsing the Web at a gigabit per second — 10 times the speeds they're used to.
Tweets: @bobmetcalfe
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Adobe moves into hardware: Project Mighty ‘cloud pen’ and Project Napoleon ruler to launch in 2014  —  At its MAX event in May this year, Adobe revealed that it was experimenting with hardware in the form of ‘Project Mighty’ - an Internet-connected stylus, and ‘Project Napoleon’, an accompanying digital ruler.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Leaves Windows 8.1 Pricing Unchanged From Windows 8 But Kills System Builder SKUs  —  Microsoft today announced the pricing structure for its upcoming Windows 8.1 operating system.  Windows 8 users will receive the new code free of charge, but for those not currently on Microsoft's …
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
Amazon adds AirPlay streaming, IMDb integration to Instant Video iOS app  —  There are many ways to get a leg-up in the online content war, and one of them is to make sure your services are easy to use with competitor hardware.  To that end, an update to the Amazon Instant Video app for iOS …
Pete Swabey / Information Age:
Cloud provider Nirvanix gives customers two weeks to vacate data  —  US-based cloud storage provider Nirvanix tells employees it has “gone to the wall”, gives customers until the end of the month to move their data elsewhere  —  UK partner seeking financial rescue deal
More: Digits, Ars Technica and VentureBeatTweets: @storagezar
Graham Cluley:
Zero day IE flaw exploited in targeted attacks.  Microsoft releases temporary fix  —  Microsoft has released an emergency workaround for users of Internet Explorer, to protect against a “limited number” of targeted attacks being specifically directed at IE 8 and IE 9 - but which could potentially affect all versions of the web browser.
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.
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
F5 Acquires Israeli Startup Versafe For Its Security Software  —  Versafe, the Israeli security startup acquired today by F5 Networks, in Seattle, Washington, recently introduced its TotALL online fraud protection suite, which claims to protect financial institutions against all forms of fraud …
Dennis Fisher / Threatpost:
NSA Bought Exploit Service From VUPEN, Contract Shows  —  The U.S. government-particularly the National Security Agency-are often regarded as having advanced offensive cybersecurity capabilities.  But that doesn't mean that they're above bringing in a little outside help when it's needed.
More: GigaOM and InformationWeekTweets: @threatpost
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Apple offering ‘last compatible version’ of iOS apps for older hardware  —  With iOS 7 arriving tomorrow, Apple is extending some love to the owners of older iOS devices that have been left behind.  New compatibility features, first spotted on Reddit, will now kick into action if you attempt …

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