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February 27, 2012, 12:10 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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Android crosses 850,000 activations per day, Andy Rubin says  —  The Android platform is now seeing more than 850,000 device activations per day, up from the 700,000 figured shared back in January, according to Andy Rubin, who oversees the OS at Google.  —  The figures suggest that Android …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
ASUS Padfone formally unveiled: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon S4 CPU, ICS, HSPA+, coming in April  —  Just like it said it would, ASUS has formally unveiled its versatile, form-changing Padfone at Mobile World Congress.  There are two stories here, and they're both quite compelling, frankly.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 adds one more screen size to Galaxy lineup  —  MWC 2012 is shaping up to be a relatively quiet show for Samsung, though true to form the company continues to roll out products — like the new Galaxy S WiFi 4.2.  Sure, there's already a Galaxy S WiFi 3.6, 4.0 …

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