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August 15, 2012, 11:50 AM

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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
iPad mini will look like a large iPod touch with smaller side bezels [Gallery]  —  Nexus 7 vs. iPad Mini mockup made from Sizeall comparisons  —  Over the past few weeks we've gotten a number of tips from sources we have reason to believe have knowledge of Apple's plans on the upcoming iPad Mini.
Evan Williams / medium.com:
Welcome to Medium  —  We're rethinking publishing and building a new platform from scratch.  This is a preview.  Compared to 1999, the Internet has a come a long way.  It has gone from theoretically to actually central to how many of us live and work (even outside the Internet industry).
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Hits Stores August 16: $499 For 16GB, $549 For 32GB  —  As expected for quite a while, Samsung has just announced pricing and availability for the Galaxy Note 10.1.  As you may have guessed, it's a 10-inch WiFi tablet that includes the somewhat-pointless …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review  —  Is a stylus all we ever really needed?  It's no secret that I've been excited to review the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for weeks now.  I spend all day editing and critiquing documents, and I've been imagining a parallel world created by the Note's stylus …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Federal court rules cops can warantlessly track suspects via cellphone  —  A pair of mobile phones betrayed the location of drug trafficker Melvin Skinner.  —  beketchai  —  In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled (PDF) that law enforcement …
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Germans Reopen Facebook Privacy Inquiry  —  BERLIN — Data protection officials in Germany reopened an investigation into Facebook's facial recognition technology Wednesday, saying the social networking giant was illegally compiling a vast photo database of users without their consent.
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Inside Facebook's Push to Woo Big Advertisers  —  After joining Facebook as vice president of marketing last year, Carolyn Everson made it her mission to win over skeptical ad executives who complained that spending on the giant social network wasn't paying off.
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Somini Sengupta / NYT Bits:
Hulu Faces Privacy Test in Court  —  Can a privacy law passed in the era of videotape rentals be applied in the era of Internet streaming?  —  Hulu, the online video content provider, is about to face the test.  A lawsuit filed in a federal court in California says Hulu violated …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix Watch Instantly streaming coming to Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland this year  —  Netflix mentioned it had identified an attractive European market to launch it's streaming video service in during Q4 2012 and now we know where that is: Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.  —  Developing...
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Microsoft unveils modern UI & new Android app for SkyDrive; Outlook.com now at 10M users  —  Microsoft has unveiled a new version of its SkyDrive cloud storage service and a new SkyDrive Android app, the company announced today.  It also revealed the new Outlook.com email service …
Derek Kessler / webOS Nation:
webOS GBU to become quasi-independent cloud and UX company: meet GRAM  —  If you've been wondering where HP's webOS Global Business Unit was going under the leadership of HP Chief of Staff Martin Risau, you're not alone.  For a while now we've been wondering what the next steps …
Mark Allen / Yelp Official Blog:
Yelp: Extreme Home(page) Makeover  —  Ladies and gents, today it's with great pride that we are unveiling a complete redesign of our homepage.  That's right, our new and improved formula shines a bright light on the real star of Yelp, YOU!  —  As Andy Grove once said, complacency breeds failure.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
JiWire builds a location graph to make mobile ads relevant  —  As Internet expert Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins has helpfully pointed out, mobile still has huge monetization potential that is still largely untapped.  Location-based advertising may prove to be one of the key ways …
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
RIM's First Test: A Preview With Carriers  —  NEW YORK—Research In Motion Ltd. will start delivering nearly complete versions of its new smartphones to carriers next week—the start of a crucial effort to convince consumers and carriers alike that the BlackBerry can compete with the iPhone and Android devices.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Goes Big On Mobile: Rolls Out First-Ever Native iPad App, Makes Its Android Debut  —  In a big push to go mobile, Pinterest today rolled out an all-new update to its iOS app, Version 2.0.  This includes an all-new version of Pinterest customized for the iPad.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Freelancers and SMBs - Ballpark is the invoice and CRM app you've been waiting for  —  When you already have a pretty incredible app, how do you go about making it better?  If you're Andrew Wilkinson and the MetaLab team, you strip it down and completely rebuild it from the ground up.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
The Kevin Rose reboot: Our first look at Google's newest VC  —  “I want to find the next Facebook when it's just Mark Zuckerberg.”  —  That statement from Kevin Rose pretty much sums up his life's ambition these days.  The Diggnation poster boy of yore is gone, and a young VC ravenous for the Next Big Thing has taken his place.
Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader:
Amazon's Next Kindle Fire Android Tablet Clears the FCC  —  Do you recall all those rumors about Amazon is working on a larger Kindle Fire, and how that tablet is expected to be released this fall?  I think it cleared the FCC yesterday.  —  Now here's something guaranteed to wake you up this morning.

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