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Remains of the Day: Rumor, rumor on the wall

Begun, these iPhone rumors have. Elsewhere, Apple's radio service isn't getting play time from record labels, Eric Schmidt's got a head-scratcher, and Apple's getting greener (and not with envy). The remainders for Wednesday, December 5, 2012 are the fairest of them all.

Purported prototype 'iPhone 5S' back panel shows minor tweaks to internal design (AppleInsider)

Thus beginneth the iPhone 5S rumors! Rumor sites are awash with pictures of a purported backplate for Apple's next iPhone model. The difference mainly being in the positioning of certain screws. In the equivalent of reading tea leaves, we can now theorize about what those different screws mean. My leading theory is that Apple has rearranged them to mess with Apple rumor fans.

Pandora shares plummet after hours on weak outlook (CNet)

In a story on Internet radio purveyor Pandora, CNet mentions that Apple's rumored streaming music service still hasn't gained traction with record labels. Weird; they're usually such quick adopters.

iTunes Gets an Upgrade Without Missing a Beat (AllThingsD)

King of the Internet Walt Mossberg dropped a hint in his review that the Find Duplicates feature missing from iTunes 11 will return "in a minor update of the program." Word is they removed it from the initial version because it was a little too good, confusing copies of "Ice Ice Baby" and "Under Pressure."

Google's Explainer-in-Chief Can't Explain Apple (Wall Street Journal, subscription required)

Google chairman Eric Schmidt, in an interview with the Journal, remarked that it was "extremely curious that Apple has chosen to sue Google's partners and not Google itself." Stay tuned for his soon-to-be-released children's book, Curious George and the Patent Infringement Trial.

Apple files to double capacity of fuel cell plant in NC (Electronista)

Apple apparently wants to double the number of fuel cells at its North Carolina data center. I'm pretty sure that didn't work out well for that hotel in the desert.

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