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July 30, 2012, 1:20 PM

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Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Apple iPhone 5 and iPad mini event planned for September 12, iPhone 5 release date for September 21  —  iMore has heard that Apple is planning to debut the new iPhone at a special event on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, with the release date to follow 9 days later on Friday, September 21.
Nate Ralph / The Verge:
Apple refutes claim it cribbed notes from Sony, reveals prototype ‘Purple’ (update: Jony phone out of trial)  —  When we last checked in on the Apple vs Samsung trial, filings revealed Samsung's aggressive plans to beat Apple, but also suggested a glimpse at Apple's Sony-inspired design process.
The Verge:
Apple vs. Samsung: the complete guide to a billion-dollar trial  —  Calculating damages in a patent case can be just as complicated as the technical arguments involved.  Happily, there's no real need to break down the nuances and alternate theories presented by Apple — we just need to generally understand the numbers.
Rethink Digg:
v1 preview  —  Digg v1 will launch this week after a six-week sprint to rebuild the site from scratch.  Here's a first glimpse.  We want the new Digg to deliver the best of what the Internet is talking about right now.  It must be alive and responsive to its participants.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Samsung planning dual-core ‘Odyssey’ and ‘Marco’ Windows Phone 8 devices  —  Samsung has revealed at least two potential Windows Phone 8 devices in court documents this week.  Submitted as part of the Apple vs Samsung trial, the documents show that Samsung is planning “Odyssey” and “Marco” Windows Phone 8 handsets.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Surface to arrive with Windows 8 on 10/26, says Microsoft  —  Microsoft's Surface tablet will land on the same date as Windows 8.  A lot is riding on Windows 8 and Surface, as Microsoft makes clear in its annual report.  —  Follow @mbrookec  —  Microsoft Surface: shown …
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Microsoft's radical new business plan is hidden in plain sight  —  Summary: Microsoft is reimagining its entire business model, and they've laid out the details for anyone to inspect.  You just have to read between the boilerplate sections in the company's most recent 10-K.  —  Follow @edbott
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
New Windows 8-ready mice and keyboards from Microsoft Hardware  —  Today Microsoft Hardware is announcing new mice and keyboards that are designed to take advantage of Windows 8.  These new mice and keyboards will help people interact with their Windows 8 PCs and devices.  They will be perfect companions to Windows 8.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Get your droid on: 16GB Nexus 7 back in stock in Google Play store  —  Google's 16GB Nexus 7 tablet is back in stock online a week after it sold out in the Google Play store.  —  The Nexus 7 has seen much interest since it was introduced about a month ago at Google's I/O conference.
James Covert / New York Post:
MTA gave Apple unfair edge for Grand Central shop, state audit says  —  Note to all lease applicants: An Apple Store is strongly preferred.  —  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority gave the iPad maker an unfair edge last year as Apple ruthlessly bid for its prime retail perch overlooking …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Downloads of Apple's OS X Mountain Lion hit 3 million in 4 days  —  Apple has just announced that dowloads of its Mountain Lion operating system have hit three million in four days, making it the most successful OS X release in Apple's history. … This is a developing story, more to follow
Reuters:
Taiwan university sues Apple over speech recognition patents  —  (Reuters) - A Taiwan university has filed a patent infringement suit against Apple Inc in a U.S. court over the iPhone maker's Siri speech recognition system, which lets users place calls or perform other tasks with voice commands, and is seeking undisclosed damages.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Analyst: Twitter Passed 500M Users In June 2012, 140M Of Them In US; Jakarta ‘Biggest Tweeting’ City  —  A milestone for Twitter today, according to the Paris-based analyst group Semiocast.  The social network has now passed the half-billion account mark — specifically 517 million accounts as of July 1 …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Netflix open sources cloud-testing Chaos Monkey  —  Netflix has a gift for anybody who needs to ensure their cloud-hosted applications keep running even if some of the virtual servers on which they're running die.  It's called a Chaos Monkey — but don't worry, this monkey is very tameable and is now open source.

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