August 24, 2012, 9:05 AM

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Sharing the Stage  —  Back in February, MG Siegler, among others, noted a remarkable milestone: … You'd be on solid ground arguing that the iPhone is the single most profitable product in the world today, and without question, it is the most important single product in Apple's lineup.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Jim Dalrymple Hints at Two Separate Apple Media Events for New iPhone and iPad Mini  —  Renowned Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple — known for his “Yep” confirmations to Apple rumors — has posted a cryptic message suggesting that Apple will hold two separate media events this fall for the new iPhone and iPad mini.
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Facebook Is Basically Forcing Its Employees To Use Android Phones Because Its Android App Is Just Awful  —  Facebook just updated its iPhone app.  Great!  —  That's no consolation to its employees, who are increasingly getting nudged, cajoled, and even ordered to give up their iPhones for Android devices.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Dell, HP and the folly of the consumer PC business  —  Summary: Dell clings to the consumer PC business in the name of the bring your own device movement, but the operating profits are just north of nil.  HP is defending its No. 1 spot, but the profit and revenue lines are headed in the wrong direction.
More: Wired, Reuters and GigaOM
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
PC growth slowing, and Windows 8 won't fix that soon, says IDC  —  Can Windows 8 save the traditional PC and spur growth again?  Maybe — but it doesn't look like that's going to happen this year, a market-research firm suggests.  [Read more]
More: DigiTimes and SlashGear
Patrick May / Mercury News:
Tim Cook ends first year as Apple's CEO on a high note  —  It was a heck of a way to celebrate his first year on the job.  Earlier this week, just four days before his anniversary as Apple's (AAPL) top executive, Tim Cook learned he was now CEO of the most valuable company on the face of the planet — ever.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Quick everyone, announce stuff before Apple does!  —  It's that season again.  The season when everyone rushes to announce products and ‘innovations’ before Apple drops their latest iPhone and iOS software on the market, obliterating alternative coverage for weeks.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Google's “I'm Feeling Lucky” Button Becomes a Showcase for Google Properties  —  Ever willing to add cutesy “Easter egg” features to its properties, on Thursday Google tweaked the “I'm Feeling Lucky” button on its front door, the option that fetches immediate results based on your search queries.
More: The Verge and CNET
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
This is the HTC ‘Proto’  —  The Proto that we told you about earlier this month is back — and this time, we've got pictures.  HTC has been nearly silent on the global phone scene since its big One series event at February's Mobile World Congress, and it stands to reason that the Proto might be a member of its next volley.
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Instagram Traffic Up 38 Percent In July, Tumblr Surpasses MySpace [ComScore]  —  Interest in Instagram rose significantly in July, enough to make it the top gaining web property in comScore's monthly tracking of traffic to U.S. websites.  —  ComScore's July 2012 Top 50 shows a 38 percent traffic gain …
Wall Street Journal:
South Korea Court Says Samsung, Apple Infringed Each Other's Patents  —  SEOUL—A South Korea court on Friday delivered a split decision in its piece of the global legal battle between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. over mobile computing patents.  —  A three-judge panel …
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Court affirms $675,000 penalty in music-downloading case  —  Joel Tenenbaum, penalized $675,000 for illegally downloading 31 songs online, looks on as court upholds the size of the damages fee.  The fee had been lowered once; then reinstated.  —  A federal court in Massachusetts today upheld …
More: Techdirt
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
WhatsApp hits new record with 10 billion total messages in one day  —  Popular mobile messaging app WhatsApp is on fire, apparently.  Today, the company shared that it had hit a new daily record with 4 billion outbound messages sent, and 6 billion messages received.
More: BGR
Samit Sarkar / The Verge:
Microsoft's Election 2012 hub on Xbox Live heralds the interactive TV future  —  Microsoft wants to push election engagement forward by using its Election 2012 hub on Xbox Live as a proof-of-concept for the future of television and the future of polling.  The 2012 presidential election …
More: GeekWire and The Verge
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
OnLive CEO stays on board to take the company ‘to a higher level’  —  OnLive has revealed to OnLive Fans that it will keep Steve Perlman as its CEO following the turmoil the company has seen over the past week.  Perlman's position was up in the air when the company shut down last week and laid off many of its staffers.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
FCC approves Verizon's controversial spectrum purchase from cable companies  —  Following the Department of Justice's lead last week, the FCC has now approved Verizon's acquisition of a large swath of AWS spectrum from a consortium of cable companies operating as SpectrumCo that includes Comcast and Time Warner.

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