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August 15, 2012, 8:20 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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Thinking This iPad Mini Thing Even Througher  —  Last month I tried to think this smaller iPad thing all the way through.  Didn't quite make it all the way through, though, so let's dig deeper.  —  We've got the display.  7.85 inches diagonally, 1024 × 768 pixels at 163 PPI …
More: parislemon, Fortune, iMore and ForbesTweets: @gruberThanks:@vkpedia
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).
Steven Musil / CNET:
Twitter co-founders preview Medium, a new publishing tool  —  The collaborative publishing tool takes submitted content and groups it into related collections, allowing multiple people to view and add to it.  —  Obvious, the company led by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone …
More: TechCrunchTweets: @hunterwalk, @blam and @ev
Chris Jones / The Windows Blog:
A new modern SkyDrive.com, updated apps, and Outlook.com at 10 million users … Over the past months, we've shared our approach to building versatile personal cloud storage that can scale to a billion people.  Today, we're excited to announce the next step towards that vision …
Brad Sams / Neowin:
Microsoft Surface RT to cost $199.99?  Doubts ensue  —  Get out a pinch of salt as a new rumor from Engadget is stating that the Microsoft Surface for Windows RT will cost a budget friendly $199.00.  The source, of course, is anonymous but the price point, which we hope is true …
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.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Top Samsung designer denies copying iOS icons while patent expert says Apple design patents should be invalidated  —  In continued Apple v. Samsung court proceedings, a top Samsung designer denied copying Apple's icons, and an expert witness said the Cupertino company's design patents should be invalidated due to prior art.
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.
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.
More: Digiday
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Microsoft temporarily suspends new Windows Phone apps amidst download bugs  —  Microsoft is in the midst of what it says is a major backend overhaul to the infrastructure for the Windows Phone Store (neé Windows Phone Marketplace).  Apparently there have been some bumps in the road …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Flash for Android dies tomorrow, long live the ‘full web experience’  —  In November of last year, Adobe made a surprising about-face on its popular Flash plugin, announcing that it would stop development of Flash for mobile devices.  Tomorrow, Adobe will disable new installs of Flash on Android …
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.
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.
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Sprint drops iPhone price further offering a $100 gift card with purchase of $149 iPhone 4S  —  From 9to5Toys.com: Sprint today dropped the price of the iPhone 4S yet again.  The nation's third-largest carrier now offers a free $100 American Express Reward Card (ships in 8-10 weeks) …
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...
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 …

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