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August 10, 2012, 5:00 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Photos of purported next-gen iPhone's thinner, higher capacity battery: 3.8V, 1440 mAh  —  As the launch of the next iPhone approaches, lots of parts have been leaking out and we've been able to put the pieces together almost like a reverse iFixit teardown.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Alleged Photos of Apple's New Dock Connector  —  French site Nowherelse.fr is continuing its string of parts leaks surrounding the next iPhone, sharing photos [Google translation] of what it has been told is the dock connector for the cable to be paired with the next-generation iPhone.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
How Google's stealth support is buoying Samsung in Apple fight  —  The company has been quietly providing support to several Android partners, CNET has learned.  —  Google may have kept a low profile amid the legal clashing between Samsung Electronics and Apple, but the company hasn't abandoned its Android partners.
More: iDownloadBlog.com, BGR and SlashGearTweets: @jdolcourt
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple sold 5.7 million tablets in the U.S. last quarter, court documents show.  Samsung sold 37,000  —  Reports of Galaxy Tab sales, like Mark Twain's death, have been greatly exaggerated  —  FORTUNE — In early December 2010, dozens of reporters happily repeated Samsung's claim …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Amit Singhal / Inside Search:
An update to our search algorithms  —  We aim to provide a great experience for our users and have developed over 200 signals to ensure our search algorithms deliver the best possible results.  Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings …
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
$110 Says All the New Kindles Are Coming Next Week  —  If you want to know if Amazon's new Kindles are coming out—and what they'll be—don't listen to analysts or supply chains or, yes, blogs.  One trip to Amazon today will tell you nearly everything you need to know about when, and what, Amazon's about to unleash on the world.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft now using ‘Modern UI Style’ to refer to Windows 8 ‘Metro Style’ apps  —  Microsoft may have nixed its “Metro” branding for the new tile-based design in Windows 8 and Windows Phone, but the company appears to be split over its replacement naming.  Earlier this week it was reported …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Attack of the acqui-hires  —  Why tech companies buy the cow, even though they can get the milk for free.  —  FORTUNE — I'm a sucker for VC exits.  Even when I don't know the purchase and sale prices, there is something instinctively positive about a portfolio company being acquired by Google or Facebook or LinkedIn.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
DowninthedumpsVille: Morale Sinking at Zynga Along With Stock Drop  —  Will more Zynga employees be on their way out the door, as the company continues to struggle after going public only eight months ago?  —  Yes, indeed, if morale at the San Francisco-based social games company continues to sink as quickly as its stock has been.
Bloomberg:
RIM Said To Draw Interest From IBM Over Enterprise-Services Unit  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM)'s enterprise- services unit has attracted the interest of International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), according to two people familiar with the situation.  —  IBM made an informal approach …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo's Mayer Eyeing Twitter's Stanton for Big Media Role  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been trying to recruit Katie Jacobs Stanton, Twitter's head of international markets, to take a major job on the media side of the Silicon Valley Internet giant, according to multiple sources close to the situation.
TechCrunch:
Another Big Social Marketing Exit: Gannett Will Buy BLiNQ Media For Up To $92M  —  On the heels of Google buying Wildfire and Salesforce nabbing Buddy Media, we have heard from two very reliable sources, plus a third anonymous source, that Gannett Co., the media giant that owns USA Today and other properties, is buying BLiNQ Media.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said To Plan To Keep Facebook Stake As Lockup Ends  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will probably hang on to its stock in social-network operator Facebook Inc. (FB) after a ban on share sales expires next week, a person with knowledge of the company's plans said.
More: The Next WebTweets: @emilychangtv
Evan Rodgers / The Verge:
Samsung Exynos 5 Dual detailed: DirectX 11 and USB 3.0 in a 32nm SOC  —  Samsung has released all the details about the Exynos 5 Dual, the company's upcoming dual-core 1.7GHz mobile CPU based on ARM Cortex-A15 architecture, as reported by Android Authority.  The 32nm Exynos 5 Dual …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Study — Perhaps Flawed — Finds Sharing Much Higher On Twitter & Facebook, But Why Google+ Is Still Worth The Time  —  How popular is Google+?  We could have the debate over active users again, but we've been there, done that.  Instead, a new study is out that tries something different …

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