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August 14, 2012, 9:50 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Think App.net is just a Twitter clone?  Then you're missing the point  —  Much of the coverage of App.net — the ambitious project from entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell that just raised $500,000 through a Kickstarter-like crowdfunding campaign — has focused on the idea that Caldwell is building a “paid version of Twitter.”
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Gartner: Global Mobile Sales Down 2%, Smartphones Surge 43%, Apple Stalls As Fans Hold Out For New iPhone  —  Gartner is the latest of the big analyst houses to release its numbers for smartphone and overall mobile sales in Q2.  The picture it paints is one of a market that has, effectively …
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Pixel Perfect  —  I've spent my whole life thinking about dots, largely in the form of on-screen pixels.  I remember first seeing a Pac-Man coin-op arcade game, wondering how it worked, and deducing the basic gist: the screen was a matrix of dots, like animated graph paper.  I loved graph paper.
Rafat Ali / Skift:
Google's third big foray in travel: Buying Frommer's for $23 milion  —  Updated: The purchase price is a relatively paltry $23 million or so, according to a source quoted in NYT, which according to our source is only slightly more than 1X of Frommer's 2011 revenues of around $20 million.
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Groupon stock dives 20 percent after poor earnings report  —  Groupon's stock took a sharp turn today, falling 20 percent in after hours trading.  The daily deals company missed Wall Street estimates in its second quarter earnings.  —  The stock hit a low of $5.95 a share …
Eric Savitz / Forbes:
Henry Grabar / The Atlantic Cities:
Choosing the Paths Less Traveled?  There's an App for That  —  In his final year at the Design Academy of Eindhoven, Tom Loois received a vague assignment: “Design your personal definition of silence.”  Loois, whose training is in product design, had no idea what to do.
Steven Musil / CNET:
Apple scores courtroom wins in Motorola FRAND case  —  The iPhone maker claims that Google-owned handset maker is unfairly seeking excessive royalty payments for patents covering video streaming and Wi-Fi technology.  —  While most of the patent litigation attention is currently focused …

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