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Showtime Nears as Apple Spruces Up Venue for iPhone 5 (CNET)
Ahead of its much-anticipated news event on Sept. 12, Apple is already preparing the inside and outside of the venue. That event, which is widely expected to bring the next version of the company’s iPhone, is being held in the theater at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The Wall Street Journal Apple’s next iPhone will work on the fastest wireless networks around the world — including in the United States, Europe and Asia — though it is unlikely to be available on every carrier, people familiar with the matter said. The technical compatibility with so-called LTE networks removes a competitive danger for Apple and gives carriers a chance to sell their fastest data services to Apple’s base of iPhone customers. ars technica It’s time to begin speculating seriously about which features would benefit current and future iPhone users the most. ars technica recently rounded up some of the most likely rumors about the next-gen iPhone, which include 4G LTE support, a screen-size bump, a revised dock connector, an improved camera, the 4FF’s new “nano” SIM standard and the iPhone’s overall look and feel. USA Today An unprecedented wave of iPhone owners is looking to sell or trade their devices — a vast majority of them no older than 24 months — to get their hands on the latest replacement. The fever pitch has been fanned largely by rumors that Apple will dramatically change the iPhone’s appearance and functions, featuring a larger screen and thinner frame that will make current models look dowdy in comparison. International Business Times Consumers might be talking tablets rather than phones after this Wednesday’s product unveiling. Most news outlets and sources close to the company say Apple will also release a new “iPad Mini” into its tablet lineup on Wednesday, which is believed to directly compete with Amazon’s popular Kindle line-up, Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet and similar devices from Samsung, Acer, Barnes & Noble and others.

Taliban Reportedly Using Fake Facebook Pages of Pretty Girls to Gather Soldiers’ Secrets (Fox News)
The Taliban is using fake Facebook profiles of cute girls in an attempt to befriend soldiers with the intent of gathering information about operations, the Sunday Telegraph reports. Australian and coalition troops are being targeted by Taliban insurgents posing as “attractive women” on Facebook, according to the paper, and now troops are being warned about the potential danger. Daily Mail The report, which was released by the Australian government, also warned that geo-tagging – where websites secretly log the location of where a post is made or a photo is uploaded – poses a particular threat. The Review of Social Media and Defense found that personnel had a false sense of security where they excessively relied on privacy settings to protect confidential information. Business Insider In a lot of ways, the Coalition Forces have been behind the Taliban. Until recently, many units advised their troops to just stay off of social media. Now, militaries across the globe have accepted social media, and include it in their regular readiness briefs.

Spotify Will Launch a Browser-Based Version (TechCrunch)
If you’re wondering why the Spotify desktop software has hardly been updated in a year, it’s because the company is preparing to launch a completely overhauled browser-based version of its streaming music service, multiple sources confirm. Along with moving to the Web, the redesign will focus more on discovery, including following the listening habits and playlists of influencers in addition to your friends.