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August 15, 2012, 9:35 PM

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Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Surprise!  What you can expect from Windows 8 RTM  —  Summary: Microsoft has officially made the final release of Windows 8 available to subscribers of its MSDN and TechNet services.  You'll find a handful of small surprises, one very large change from Windows 7, and a momentous name change.
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 …
Christopher Van Der Westhuizen / The Official …:
Google Maps now has schedules for more than one million public transit stops worldwide  —  Since 2005, we've collaborated with hundreds of transit authorities around the world to make a comprehensive resource for millions of riders to find out which bus, train, subway or tram can take them to their next destination.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Nokia and Microsoft holding Windows Phone 8 press event on September 5th  —  We've been waiting to find out when Nokia would unveil its first lineup of Windows Phone 8 devices, and it looks like we'll be getting all the details on September 5th at 9:30AM in New York City.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Give Peace a Chance, Judge Says, Asking Apple and Samsung CEOs to Meet One Last Time  —  The federal judge overseeing the Apple-Samsung patent trial on Wednesday asked the chief executives of both companies to meet one last time to see if some sort of settlement might be reached.
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.
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 …
Karen Haslam / Macworld UK:
Microsoft not planning to fix Retina Display Office issues  —  Office for Mac users are complaining that the Retina Display makes Office look ‘crap’  —  Mac users are complaining that Microsoft Office for Mac is unusable on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Andrew Chen / @andrewchen:
Mobile app startups are failing like it's 1999  —  Stop the madness  —  The long cycle times for developing mobile apps have led to startup failures that look more like 1999 - it's like we've forgotten all the agile and rapid iteration stuff that we learned over the last 10 years.  Stop the madness!
Tweets: @cdixon
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Penny Arcade reaches $525,000 Kickstarter goal with six minutes to spare, no ads on homepage for one year  —  Last month gaming webcomic Penny Arcade launched a Kickstarter experiment, attempting to replace its advertising income with funding from fans — and it turned out to be a success.

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