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July 30, 2012, 10:10 PM

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Rene Ritchie / iMore.com:
Apple iPhone 5 and iPad mini event planned for September 12, iPhone 5 release date for September 21  —  iMore has learned 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.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Stocks Up on Components for September iPhone Launch  —  Apple hasn't yet officially announced the fall event at which it is expected to debut the next iteration of the iPhone, but it's definitely planning one.  —  IMore was first to report that the company has scheduled a special event …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Ross Levinsohn Departs Yahoo  —  As I previously reported he likely would, top Yahoo exec Ross Levinsohn — who lost the CEO race to former Google exec Marissa Mayer — is leaving the company, according to several sources.  —  Mayer also just sent a note to the company about the departure …
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wired:
Samsung Product Chief: 'It's Unreasonable That We're Fighting Over Rectangles'  —  Kevin Packingham, Samsung's Chief Product Officer, at Wired's San Francisco office.  —  Photo: Peter McCollough/Wired  —  The Apple v. Samsung trial that begins in a San Jose federal courtroom on Monday …
John Koblin / Deadspin:
NBC's No. 1 Tweeting Critic Has Been Suspended From Twitter  —  Guy Adams is The Independent's Los Angeles bureau chief.  During the Olympics so far, he has carved out a nice spot on the how-much-NBC's-coverage-sucks beat.  Now his Twitter account has been suspended—supposedly because NBC had it cut off after he complained:
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.
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 …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Hands-on with Microsoft's new tablet-oriented keyboard and mouse  —  The happy tablet peripheral family.  —  Microsoft officially announced today two new peripherals meant to accompany Windows 8 tablets: the Wedge Touch Mouse and the Wedge Mobile Keyboard.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Samsung readying 11.8-inch tablet with ‘retina’ display, say court documents  —  Court documents made public in the epic Apple v. Samsung trial that kicked off in California today reveal that Samsung is working on a tablet codenamed “P10” that would include LTE connectivity and an 11.8-inch display at 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA) resolution.
More: Engadget and 9to5Google
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
One of Apple's Best Ideas Ever — Made Worse  —  I think the MagSafe connector is one of Apple's best ideas ever.  It's on the end of every Mac laptop's power cord.  It attaches to the laptop with a powerful magnet—but if anybody trips on it, it detaches and falls harmlessly to the floor.
More: Business Insider and PC AdvisorTweets: @gruber
Ken Segall / Observatory:
New Mac ads: landing with a serious thud  —  Repeat after me: “The sky is not falling.  The sky is not falling.”  —  I know it's hard to say after viewing the new batch of Mac ads that debuted on the Olympics.  I'm still in a bit of shock myself.  —  Sure, Apple has had a low point …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook revamps photos with new mosaic view and simpler UI  —  Facebook just rolled out a new look to its user Photos page that includes a mosaic view of all of a user's photos, as well as three new tabs that adorn the top of the page: photos of you, photos you've shared, and albums you've created.
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 …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Reporter shield protects Jobs biographer in Apple e-book case  —  A federal judge ruled earlier this month that the laws of reporter privilege mean that Walter Isaacson, the author of a popular Steve Jobs biography, doesn't have to hand over his notes as evidence in a class action suit over alleged e-book price-fixing.
More: 9to5Mac, CNET, TeleRead and TUAW
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Aileen Lee Almost Done Raising $40 Million For New Seed Called “Cowboy Ventures”  —  In April, news broke that Aileen Lee, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, was starting a venture fund that would be focused on smaller, “seed-stage” investments.  The fund is separate from KPCB …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Replaces Gmail Video Chats With Google+ Hangouts  —  This was probably inevitable: Google today announced that it is replacing video chats in Gmail with Google+ Hangouts.  The company first brought video chat to Gmail in 2008, but ever since the launch of Google+ …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Mark Zuckerberg Reveals He Is Open To A Radical Change In Facebook Strategy  —  It's not often that a public company CEO suggests that he might be open to an entirely new product strategy, but that's exactly what Mark Zuckerberg did on Facebook's earnings call last week.  —  Allow us to explain.

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