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February 27, 2012, 5:50 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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
The Inside Story of Nokia's 41-Megapixel Camera Phone: Five Years in the Making  —  If it were easy to put a decent zoom lens in a camera phone, Nokia might never have come up with its biggest breakthrough in imaging in years.  —  The technology in the 808 PureView phone introduced on Monday …
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 …
More: DailyTech
Douglas Purdy / Facebook Developer Blog:
Helping Improve the Mobile Web  —  To help developers reach more people, we're committed to providing distribution across all platforms.  The Open Graph, combined with News Feed and Timeline, helps people discover new apps through friends, regardless of the technology stack used.
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.
TechCrunch:
Goodbye Erick, Hello Eric  —  TechCrunch has been through a lot lately, and we need to focus on what truly matters: covering startups and innovation.  So, this post is going to be short.  —  But here is what's going on: Erick Schonfeld is leaving and Eric Eldon is replacing him as editor.
MG Siegler / PandoDaily:
Reset At TechCrunch: Eric Eldon Named Top Editor  —  A little over four years ago, Eric Eldon sent me an email that changed my life.  As an editor at VentureBeat, he was on the hunt for new talent to better compete with the likes of TechCrunch.  —  It's funny how things work out sometimes.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Facebook IPO May Be Worth $2.45 Billion to the State of California  —  You know who is happy about Facebook's IPO, aside from its investors and fanboys?  The state of California.  The Golden State has been plagued by bad news about its budget, but a new estimate from the state …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Whole Foods prototype puts Kinect on shopping cart, follows people around store  —  The quest for a high-tech “shopping cart of the future” is nothing new, but Whole Foods is planning to test a new spin on the concept, using Microsoft's Kinect sensor for Windows.
More: The Verge
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Google, Apple Hit With Patent Over Street View For iPad  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) are in a worldwide squabble over smartphone patents, but they will have to cooperate long enough to fight a common enemy—a Florida firm that says both tech giants are infringing its mapping technology.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft partners with Good Technology for encrypted mobile email  —  Summary: Microsoft has forged a new partnership with Good Technology to bring encrypted email support to Windows Phone.  —  While Microsoft officials seem intent on playing up all consumer focused news all the time with Windows Phone …
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 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Email Contact Manager Xobni Raises $10 Million From ‘Commercial’ Partner  —  Social email startup Xobni, the social email plugin that makes your inbox smarter, has raised $10 million in new funding, according to an SEC filing.  We confirmed the new round with the company.

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