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August 3, 2012, 6:00 PM

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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Loses Bid to Keep Customer Survey Secret  —  The judge overseeing Apple's patent lawsuit against Samsung said Apple can't keep secret a marketing survey it took of its customers.  —  Apple argued that the survey's release would aid competitors as the data is not available elsewhere.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Phil Schiller on History of the iPhone, Advertising, and Market Research  —  Phil Schiller is currently on the witness stand in the trial of Apple versus Samsung, and Apple's marketing chief is offering a bit of insight into the history of the iPhone, making the argument that Apple revolutionized …
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Chris Dixon:
Ten million users is the new one million users  —  Entrepreneurs and investors have been enamored with consumer internet startups for the last few years.  But there are signs this is ending.  —  Some observations:  — Thousands of early-stage consumer web/mobile companies were started and funded in last 24 months.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Electronic Arts Sues Zynga for Copyright Infringement Over The Ville  —  After loudly complaining that Zynga had ripped off one of its biggest hits, Electronic Arts is taking its rival to court.  —  Filing a copyright infringement lawsuit against Zynga, Electronic Arts charged today …
Thomas Gryta / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Ending 2G Network by 2017  —  AT&T Inc. is shutting down its second-generation, or 2G, wireless networks by 2017 as it continues to upgrade its systems to faster technology and better use its limited airwaves.  —  The telecom giant said about 12% of its contract wireless customers …
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?
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
CBS Loves Apple TV, in Theory  —  CBS boss Les Moonves gets asked a lot about his willingness to do business with Apple.  And his answer is always the same: “Sure!  As long as it's on our terms.”  —  Yesterday's earnings call was no exception.  Here's the full exchange between the CBS CEO …
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 …
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.”
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Logitech launches TV Cam HD for living room video chats: built-in Skype, 720p, $200  —  If Cisco's ill-fated Umi video conferencing system had been more like this, would it have survived?  Logitech is about to find out, one way or the other, once its TV Cam HD — recently spotted at the FCC — arrives in the US this month.

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Microsoft:
Halo: The Master Chief Collection' goes gold: Available for pre-download later Friday  —  Dan Ayoub, studio head of Halo External Development at 343 Industries, shares his thoughts about the major milestone.
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