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August 23, 2012, 3:40 PM

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Janet I. Tu / Seattle Times:
Microsoft gets a new logo for the first time since 1987  —  A lot is at stake when a company changes its logo, and Microsoft changed it a number of times in its early years.  —  For the first time in 25 years, Microsoft is changing its corporate logo.  —  Microsoft, which has used its solid …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook for iOS goes native, waves goodbye to HTML 5  —  Facebook today announced the culmination of more than six months of work, a native version of the Facebook app for iOS that's twice as fast.  “Up until now we've looked at scale,” iOS Product Manager Mick Johnson says …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Dave McClure is ripping VCs again: They're f***ing arrogant and stupid a**holes  —  Dave McClure on his way to BC on “Geeks on a Train.”  Photo via Kyle Kesterson.  —  Dave McClure is not your typical venture capitalist.  He wears T-shirts and flip flops, and cusses like a sailor.
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Rachel Metz / Technology Review:
Fred Wilson  —  The well-known investor behind the likes of Twitter and Foursquare says venture capital funds have gotten too big.  —  Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures, is a preëminent figure in venture capital.  He's been at it for 25 years …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Amazon to hold press conference on September 6th in Santa Monica, Kindle Fire 2 or Phone are our bets  —  TNW has just been invited to an Amazon press conference for September 6th, although we're not sure what it's all about.  We'll be there though.  —  Could it be the new Kindle Fire?
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Video Comparison of ‘iPhone 5’ Front Panel and Flex Cables to iPhone 4S Parts [iOS Blog]  —  Repair firm SmartPhone Medic has just posted a new video comparing several parts from the next-generation iPhone to their counterparts from the iPhone 4S.  —  The parts shown include the front panel …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia set to unveil ‘Arrow’ and ‘Phi’ Windows Phone 8 handsets with AT&T as main carrier  —  Nokia is planning to unveil two new Windows Phone 8 devices at a joint event with Microsoft on September 5th.  Sources familiar with the two companies' plans have revealed that Nokia is working on an …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
‘Wiki Weapon Project’ Aims To Create A Gun Anyone Can 3D-Print At Home  —  An AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and a 3D-printed lower receiver for the weapon shown below it.  Both images were posted Defense Distributed's website.  —  Cody Wilson has a simple dream: To design the world's first firearm …
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Mac OS 10.8.1 Mountain Lion released, fixes issues in Thunderbolt, Exchange, Migration assistant, iMessages and more … Apple just released OSX 10.8.1 Mountain Lion via Software Update.  The delta update weighs a paltry 7.28MB on my Retina MacBook Pro, but your mileage may vary.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple vs. Samsung: inside a jury's nightmare  —  Will nine strangers be able to decide the tech trial of the decade?  —  By Nilay Patel, Matt Macari, and Bryan Bishop  —  After weeks of trial and impassioned closing arguments from both sides, the historic Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit is now in the hands of the jury.
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Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
Obama campaign to start accepting text message donations  —  (Reuters) - In a election dominated by multimillion-dollar donations, Democratic President Barack Obama's campaign is about to give small donors a new weapon by starting to accept text message donations for the first time in history.
Dustin Curtis / dcurt.is:
Black Widow  —  Twitter has an enormous advantage over Facebook in one key area: while people on Facebook tend to friend their friends, people on Twitter tend to follow their interests.  The following graph from Twitter is worth far more on a per-account basis because it is directly monetizable …
Wall Street Journal:
When Freemium Fails  —  A growing number of new businesses are following in the footsteps of successful companies such as Dropbox Inc., LinkedIn Corp., and Skype Inc., by giving away their products and services free to build a customer base.  —  Yet for some, the “freemium” …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Digital Chief Jon Miller Leaving News Corp.  —  According to sources close to the situation, News Corp.'s Chief Digital Officer Jon Miller will be leaving the media giant soon.  —  It seems to be a cordial, although perhaps inevitable, parting — sources said Miller will remain …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sony Mobile To Lay Off 1,000 People, Move HQ To Tokyo From Sweden As Part of Restructuring  —  The crunch among handset makers who are not Samsung and Apple continues apace.  Today, Android OEM Sony announced that its loss-making mobile handset division Sony Mobile Communications would be laying …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
LG says started production of new screen, as Apple plans product launch  —  (Reuters) - Flat-screen maker LG Display has started mass production of a new and thinner display, widely speculated to be for use in Apple Inc's next iPhone, and the display's production schedule remains in line …

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