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February 26, 2012, 12:05 PM

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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Samsung unveils new Galaxy Beam smartphone / projector combo with dual core CPU  —  Samsung has finally started to reveal its new products at MWC 2012, starting with this new refresh of the Galaxy Beam packing Android 2.3, a projector and a dual-core CPU.  There's more details and specs in the press release after the break.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
LG leans on high-end specs in smartphone push  —  LG, which has struggled over the past few years to make a major impact in the smartphone business, looks to LTE, HD displays, and quad-core chips to set itself apart.  —  LTE is a big focus at LG during its media preview event at Mobile World Congress.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD has quad-core K3 processor, 1080p display (hands-on pictures)  —  It was barely an afterthought in Huawei's MWC press conference, but the company is also getting ready to launch a seriously high-end tablet.  The MediaPad 10 FHD has a 1080p display (actually 1920 x 1200) …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Adobe Photoshop Touch hits iPad 2 for US$9.99 (Update: Pulled until Monday)  —  Note - Photoshop Touch just started hitting AU/NZ.  Update: It was pulled, but it will be available Monday.  Some of our readers reported that it works better than the Android version.
Julia Angwin / Digits:
FBI Turns Off Thousands of GPS Devices After Supreme Court Ruling  —  The Supreme Court's recent ruling overturning the warrantless use of GPS tracking devices has caused a “sea change” inside the U.S. Justice Department, according to FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann.
Chris Meadows / TeleRead:
PayPal cracks down on erotica e-book sales  —  Remember when Amazon started removing various kinds of erotica from its store?  It's happening again, this time with a number of independent e-publishing sites such as All Romance and Smashwords.  Today, Nate Hoffelder called attention to an e-mail …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
PayPal As Moral Police?  Forces E-Book Sellers To Remove Certain Erotica Content  —  Adult content has long been a big draw, and one of the most profitable, in the world of digital media, but a recent move by PayPal is a sign of how one part of that business may be facing some problems up ahead.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
WSJ Pulls Back On What Google Searchers Can Read For Free  —  Are you used to using Google as a way around the Wall Street Journal's paywall?  Think again.  The WSJ has been holding back stories available through Google's “First Click Free” program, a move that I suspect other newspapers might soon emulate.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
ViewSonic ViewPhone 4e, 4s, and 5e dual-SIM phones mix work and play  —  MWC 2012: New smartphones detailed  —  ViewSonic has announced the launch of a new range of dual-SIM Android smartphones - the ViewPhone 4e, 4s, ViewPhone 5e, and ViewPhone 3 - on Sunday, at Mobile World Congress.?

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