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July 30, 2012, 4:20 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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:
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Olivia Solon / Wired.co.uk:
Jonathan Ive: Apple's goal isn't to make money  —  Apple's goal is not to make money, but to make good products, said Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of industrial design at Apple, speaking at the British Embassy's Creative Summit.  —  “We are really pleased with our revenues but our goal isn't to make money.
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.
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Silicon Valley Investors Flock to Massive Upstart Humor Site 9GAG  —  9GAG — the fast-growing community site for memes, comics and other Internet humor — has raised $2.8 million.  —  I wrote a profile of 9GAG — which went through Dave McClure's 500 Startups incubator, kind of — back in April.
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 …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Former NSA Official Disputes Claims by NSA Chief  —  Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command appearing at the 2012 DefCon hacker conference in Las Vegas on Friday.  Photo: Kim Zetter/Wired  —  LAS VEGAS — A former NSA official has accused the NSA's director …

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