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July 30, 2012, 8:20 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Startup Claims 80% Of Its Facebook Ad Clicks Are Coming From Bots  —  A lot of people like to complain about their experiences on major web platforms such as Facebook, but most of them stick around as users, feeling that the pros outweigh the cons.  But Limited Run, a startup that makes …
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 …
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.
Justin Rubio / The Verge:
Samsung's projector-equipped Galaxy Beam now available in the UK  —  Sasmung's Galaxy Beam, one of the company's most unique handesets, is now available in the UK, albeit a little later than pre-orders had originally suggested.  Previously shown off at Mobile World Congress …
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman steps down  —  The world's largest domain name registrar is seeking a new CEO.  —  Warren Adelman  —  Warren Adelman is stepping down as CEO of Go Daddy, the company announced today.  —  He will remain with the company as Special Advisor for Strategy and Global Policy.

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