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August 14, 2012, 2:00 AM

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Reuters:
Apple has licensed design patents to Microsoft: executive  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc licensed its prized design patents to Microsoft Corp but with an “anti-cloning agreement” to prevent copying of its iPhone and iPad, an Apple executive said on Monday.  —  The testimony from Apple patent …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple “rubber-banding,” “pinch-to-zoom” patents challenged by Samsung witnesses  —  Samsung on Monday mounted its defense in the ongoing Apple v. Samsung patent trial, with the pair of “fact witnesses” giving testimony regarding alleged prior art to Apple's “rubber-banding” and “pinch-to-zoom” patents.
More: Engadget, The Verge and CNET
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
iPhone 5 pre-orders planned for September 12, second release wave for first week of October  —  A couple of weeks ago iMore reported that Apple would be holding their iPhone 5 event on September 12, 2012.  We've since learned that iPhone 5 pre-orders are currently planned to begin that same day …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
AT&T planning for iPhone launch in late September, clearing schedules through October  —  According to a trusted AT&T (T) source, the carrier is currently planning to launch Apple's (AAPL) next-generation iPhone during the third or fourth week of September, with an all-hands-on-deck policy …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Buy Frommer's Travel Brand  —  Google Inc. is acquiring the Frommer's travel brand from publicly traded publishing house John Wiley & Sons Inc. for an undisclosed price in order to bolster its offerings of local reviews around the world.  —  The deal is expected to close shortly.
Lukasz Lindell / Day4:
How we screwed (almost) the whole Apple community  —  Have you heard the phrase “That's true because I saw it on TV” at some point?  It was often the truth in the old days when people only had the TV or newspaper to relate to.  What you saw or read was the truth, although it obviously wasn't always so.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Collaborating to deliver Windows RT PCs … Windows 8 and Windows RT each reached the RTM milestone, and we are hard at work in collaboration with ecosystem partners, including PC manufacturers, Silicon partners, and other component suppliers, to complete high quality Windows RT and Windows 8 PCs that we think you'll love.
Eric Savitz / Forbes:
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Says BlackBerry 10 Will Soon Be Ready For Licensing  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) said it will soon be ready to license the company's new BlackBerry 10 operating system to other manufacturers, even as it races to release its own devices with the software by early next year.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
48 percent in Apple survey picked Android over the iPhone to stay with their carrier (update)  —  We're seeing some new internal documents during today's Apple v. Samsung testimony, and this time it's a survey Apple put together on why consumers considering an iPhone went with Android instead.
More: CNET and BGR
Matthew Dierker / Facebook Newsroom:
New Life Event for Timeline, “Expecting a Baby”  —  Now, you can choose to add ‘Expecting a Baby’ as a Life Event on timeline.  —  Life Events are easy and expressive ways to mark significant moments in your life such as getting married, buying a house or traveling to new places.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Windows Next: Just call it ‘Blue’?  —  Summary: Windows 9 might not be Microsoft's next version of Windows.  Instead, ‘Blue’ could be the interim release that shows up first.  —  It's been a couple weeks of Microsoft naming madness.  To top it all off at the end of last week …

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