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August 3, 2012, 11:50 AM

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Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Samsung to unveil new Galaxy Note in late August  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics is set to take the wraps off a sequel to its popular Galaxy Note smartphone at an event on August 29, about two weeks before the possible debut of Apple's new iPhone.  —  The two arch rivals are bracing …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: Microsoft's Metro branding to be replaced ‘this week’ according to internal memo  —  Microsoft is killing off the use of its Metro design name to describe a tiled interface in Windows Phone and Windows 8.  We brought you news of the change earlier today, but a tipster has provided …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
Prepaid Cellphones Are Cheaper.  Why Aren't They Popular?  —  Prepaid phone plans, where you pay the full price for a cellphone and then pay lower monthly rates without a contract, seem to offer what most budget-conscious people want.  So why haven't they really caught on?
Rachel Dodes / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter Goes to the Movies  —  Hollywood is digging deep into new ways of using social media; the selling of ‘Ted’  —  The teddy bear's first tweet, from an account called @WhatTedSaid set up by the Universal Pictures marketing department, was “Hello, Twitter.  Kindly go f— yourself.”
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Bye bye Tweetdeck - Tweetbot for Mac's new alpha has multiple, docking timelines, a menu bar icon and more  —  Tweetbot for Mac Alpha has been updated to version 0.6.3 with some fantastic new features, including the ability to pop out separate timeline windows and dock them together …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Court: Embedding videos is not a crime  —  Embedding an infringing video doesn't violate copyright laws, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.  The court sided with the video bookmarking site myVidster, which had been sued by the gay porn production company Flava Works in 2010.
ProPublica:
Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?  —  Gen. Keith Alexander is the director of the National Security Agency and oversees U.S. Cyber Command, which means he leads the government's effort to protect America from cyberattacks.  Due to the secretive nature of his job …
Tim O'Brien / Channel 9:
Platform Hygiene  —  Yesterday, Google's Vic Gundotra proudly exclaimed that “I'm not interested in screwing over developers” as he piled on top of Dalton Caldwell's post accusing Facebook of being naughty on the platform front.  I'm not here to defend Facebook or Twitter or anyone else …
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Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
PSA: Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners now have direct access to Google Wallet  —  Nobody puts Google Wallet in the corner for long, not even Big Red.  Though the carrier courted controversy late last year by withholding support for the burgeoning NFC-based platform amidst security concerns, it appears to have finally changed tack.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Q2 Earnings Beat The Street: $228.2M In Sales; EPS of $0.03  —  LinkedIn has just released Q2 earnings, and the enterprise-focused social network continues to rise.  It's posted revenues of $228.2 million and earnings per share of $0.03 (non-GAAP EPS: $0.16).

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