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February 27, 2012, 3:10 PM

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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.
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.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Google to ‘double down’ on Android tablets in 2012, says Andy Rubin  —  It's no secret that Android tablet sales have lagged far behind Apple's iPad, and Google's planning to do something about it.  In a meeting with reporters today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola can't enforce standard-essential patents against Apple in Germany while appeal is pending — huge victory for Apple, bad news for Google  —  [Update] I have produced an unofficial translation of the court's press release.  [/Update]  —  Apple scored a breakthrough court victory today …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Grishaver / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn Follow Button: Companies, Look Who's Following You Now  —  Today, we're excited to announce the launch of LinkedIn's Follow Company button.  Starting today, companies will be adding this button to their websites, making it easier for any consumer on the web to begin following companies of interest, on LinkedIn.
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 …
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.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Sources: Apple not pulling Evi app, working with developers to avoid confusion  —  Over the weekend a report surfaced that Apple was set to pull a new Siri-like app — dubbed Evi — from the App Store because it was too similar in look and functionality to Apple's own product.
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.
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.
More: GigaOM
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.
More: eWeek, PandoDaily and GigaOM
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: AOL's CTO Alex Gounares Leaves Company  —  According to sources close to the situation, AOL's CTO Alex Gounares is leaving the New York-based Internet company.  —  At AOL, he was in charge of all of AOL's vast technical operations.  He is among a number of execs who have been hired …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Dell says it's ‘no longer a PC company,’ focusing on enterprise  —  Dell looks like it's going to be shifting its focus to enterprise and away from consumer PCs.  Brad Anderson, president of Dell's enterprise group, said today that “we're no longer a PC company, we're an IT company,” according to PC Pro.

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