May 26, 2012, 1:05 AM

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S III review  —  Everyone promises a better camera, Samsung actually delivers  —  The Galaxy S II set a high bar for smartphone camera performance, but the Galaxy S III has beaten it.  Image quality on this phone is simply excellent.  Full-resolution pictures look sharp and detailed …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Facebook to acquire browser maker Opera?  Maybe.  Here's what we know.  —  Juicy rumor coming from Pocket-lint this morning: Facebook is reportedly eyeing a takeover of desktop, tablet and smartphone browser maker Opera Software.  —  Citing an unnamed source, Pocket-lint …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
First video sample from Google's Project Glass  —  Although we're still not sure exactly how Google's Project Glass wearable glasses work, the company has been testing them in very public ways over the past couple of months.  Google co-founder Sergey Brin showed off the glasses at a charity event …
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple to sell Nest Learning Thermostat  —  iLounge has learned that Apple will soon offer the Nest Learning Thermostat for sale through the Apple Store, an interesting development given both Nest's history and the types of products commonly sold by Apple.  Nest founder and CEO Tony Fadell …
Nate Lanxon /
Microsoft to offer 80-inch Windows 8 tablets for offices  —  “Steve Ballmer has an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet in his office.  He's got rid of his phone, he's got rid of his note paper.  It's touch-enabled and it's hung on his wall.”  —  This description of the Microsoft CEO's workspace …
Guy English / kickingbear:
Three Things That Should Trouble Apple  —  I believe that many Apple observers have been too invested in picking off the low hanging fruit of obviously out-of-touch commentators, columnists, and analysts.  Apple is winning.  It's fun to pick on the idiots, and we do tune in for the affirmation that engenders, but that's not insight.
Scott Lowe / The Verge:
Apple introduces ‘editors’ choice' and free ‘app of the week’ on the Mac App Store and iTunes  —  Apparently we weren't the only ones excited about the release of Cobook, as today Apple began promoting the intelligent contact manager on the Mac App Store with its new “editors' choice” branding.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Reddit's Alexis Ohanian And Activists Aim To Build A ‘Bat-Signal For The Internet’  —  Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act in January.  (Credit: Alec Perkins)  —  The “blackout” of Web sites to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in January …
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Tumblr Debuts In ComScore's Top 50 Web Properties  —  Here's another sign of Tumblr's growth: The blogging network/platform has cracked comScore's chart of the Top 50 U.S. web properties for the first time.  —  ComScore's April 2012 report credits Tumblr with 23.5 million visitors during the month …
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John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Facebook testing new “star your close friends” feature  —  Facebook users who logged in last night may have caught a glimpse of a new feature on Facebook.  The largest social network in the world is testing “Star Your Close Friends,” an experimental feature that will ensure you see more of your closest friends' status updates.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
HP's Enyo team clarifies that the project will go on, though some ‘key members’ have left  —  An update was just posted up on the Enyo blog clarifying some of the rumors about the team leaving to go to Google.  The statement mentions that some of the ‘key members’ of the team have left the company …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Odd That Microsoft Demands Google Take Down Links That Remain In Bing  —  We just wrote about Google's very cool, new copyright transparency tool, which lets you dig into the details of all the search takedowns that Google gets.  As people start to play around with the site, some interesting things are coming to light.

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