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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.

Zynga Exec Exodus Continues as Gaming Company Loses Infrastructure CTO (GigaOM)
Zynga, which has been losing senior executives with an alarming rate, lost another key member recently – its CTO of infrastructure. Earlier this summer, the company lost about seven executives including Mike Verdu, Zynga’s former chief creative officer and Bill Mooney, who spearheaded the FarmVille franchise.

Survey Says: Facebook Goofed, but Why the Long Political News Quiz? (AllFacebook)
Some Facebook users were invited to take a survey from the social network — in error, as it turns out — and the survey evolved into a quiz about political news. Marketing Land reported on and captured images of the survey, later receiving a response from Facebook.

Kickstarter is Becoming a Fertile Ground for Remakes of Old Games (ars technica)
Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter have been a powerful force in connecting innovative and risky new ideas with the backing that traditional sources of capital may not be willing to offer. But there’s a second front to this battle, promising the rejuvenation of franchises that awaken longing pangs of nostalgia among the faithful.

Klout Now Shows You Your Most Influential Moments From the Last 90 Days (SocialTimes)
Ever wondered exactly which posts made your Klout score go up? Klout now shows you your most influential moments from the last 90 days with the new “Your Moments” feature.

Four Months in, Evernote’s Dedicated China Service is Doing ‘Better Than Expected’ (The Next Web)
When it launched in May, Evernote’s separate Yinxiang Biji service for China attracted a flood of interest from domestic users. Since then, user adoption has continued to be “better than expected”, said Amy Gu, the company’s China GM.

Social Media Bring Fashion to the Masses (CNN)
Social media and technology are opening up exclusive Fashion Week events to consumers. Meanwhile, designers are streaming shows live on their websites and offering items for immediate pre-order.