Rebecca Black

Today in Tech: Latest iPhone 5 rumors, "Friday" singer becomes millionaire

March 23, 2011: 8:30 AM ET

A curated selection of the day's newsworthy tech stories from all around the Web. Read on, and join the conversation with a comment below.

The iPhone 5 will supposedly feature a metal back. Photo: Fast Company

  • According to the China Times, the iPhone 5 will supposedly go into production during the third quarter of this year, which if true, means the new handset won't be immediately available following a June or July unveiling, as has been the case in the past. The publication also indicates the phone will have a 4-inch touchscreen, a metal back, and (again) possibly a Near Field Communications chip for credit payment transactions conducted simply by swiping the device within close range of a compatible credit card machine. (China Times via 9 to 5 Mac)
  • Sprint, which saw its shares fall 14% earlier this week over the AT&T-T-Mobile news, plans to address Congress with its concerns. The new deal, which should take 12 months to take effect if things go smoothly, would give AT&T a 79% majority market share of the mobile wireless market. (Bloomberg)
  • A judge struck down a 2008 settlement between Google and various author and publisher groups to make millions of books available online. The $125 million deal would supposedly "give Google a significant advantage over competitors, rewarding it for engaging in wholesale copying of copyrighted works without permission." (Wall Street Journal) More
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