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February 27, 2012, 1:00 PM

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Samsung Galaxy S III full specs: 1.5GHz quad-core, 1080p display, ceramic case  —  We reported some exclusive details surrounding Samsung's upcoming flagship Galaxy S III smartphone this past weekend, and now we have received some more information that helps us paint a more complete picture.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Nokia announces 808 PureView: Belle OS, 4-inch display, 41-megapixel camera(!) — we go hands-on (video)  —  Remember that Nokia PureView tease from a few days ago?  Well, suddenly it all makes sense.  We are indeed looking at an imaging flagship phone and a true successor to the N8.
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Nokia 808 PureView first sample shots — feast your eyes  —  This is it.  Here's an exclusive first look at some sample shots taken with Nokia's freshly minted 808 PureView imaging powerhouse — and wow, just wow!  The collection contains photos taken at different resolutions in various conditions …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Facebook Launches New Mobile Web Standards Initiative, Easier Payments for the Mobile Web  —  During a special lunch-time event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Facebook's CTO Bret Taylor introduced a number of new industry-wide initiatives for the mobile web.
Garry Tan / garry's posterous:
Steve Jobs and Farhad Manjoo are wrong: Dropbox can do what Apple, Microsoft and Google can never do.  —  Farhad Manjoo writes in Pando Daily about how Dropbox is just a feature.  Unfortunately the examples he talks about seem to support the exact opposite. … This assertion is about as wrong as could be.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple working on enhanced A5 chip (A5X) AND completely new chip (A6)  —  Apple's new iPad processor will likely offer improved gaming performance  —  Typically, when Apple's product launched approaches, many industry watchers offer conflicting views on the features the new products might sport.
Stratfor / PR Newswire:
Stratfor Statement on Wikileaks  —  Company Denounces Email Disclosure as Deplorable Breach of Privacy  —  AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Below is a statement from Stratfor on release of company emails by Wikileaks:  —  In December, thieves compromised Stratfor's data systems …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Skype for Windows Phone beta released, full version due in April  —  Microsoft is releasing a beta version of Skype for Windows Phone today, with a full release due in April.  Skype for Windows Phone beta allows users to make audio and video calls to Skype contacts over 3G, 4G, and WiFi.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Vimeo launches improved iOS app with full-screen iPad playback  —  When streaming video service Vimeo launched brand-new Android and Windows Phone applications in early January, the company teased that it was also working on a major update for iOS so it could support the iPad.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
HP's PC Addiction  —  Why is HP still in the PC business?  It must be for the sport, because the money isn't there.  Looking at the quarterly figures released this past week, we see PC revenue down 15% year-to-year, with a low 5.2% Operating Profit:  —  HP can explain.
More: Guardian
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Samsung announces Galaxy Note 10.1 at MWC (update: hands-on photos!)  —  Samsung's announced another 10.1-inch tablet to join its burgeoning collection of slates.  The Galaxy Note 10.1 is an S-Pen toting variant of the similarly sized-and-named Galaxy Tab.  It's running Touchwiz-infused ICS …
Bloomberg:
No Company Follows Apple's Expanded China Audits  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s rivals aren't rushing to emulate the iPhone maker's decision to subject supplier factories to audits by a labor group.  Instead, they're sticking to internal checks that may leave room for violations — and negative public relations fallout.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Intel Announces New Smartphone Partnerships With Lava, ZTE, And Visa  —  We've already caught wind of the Lenovo K800 and Orange's newly-announced Santa Clara but Intel CEO Paul Otellini isn't content to leave their push into mobile at that.  —  Otellini has just announced that Intel …
More: AllThingsDThanks:@sarahintampa
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Scott McNealy's Wayin Gets $14M for Second-Screen Apps  —  Social TV app Wayin, which asks users to “weigh in” on multiple-choice questions about live television and other topics, has raised $14 million in Series B funding led by U.S. Venture Partners, bringing it to a total of $20 million raised.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Buys Cove To Bring Former Facebookers Ruchi Sanghvi And Aditya Agarwal To The Team  —  The rumors are true!  Dropbox has acquired stealth collaboration startup Cove for its talent, namely the brilliant engineering duo and couple Aditya Agarwal and Ruchi Sanghvi.

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