August 24, 2012, 11:45 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.
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Surface street art ad appears in New York  —  Microsoft's new Surface might not be launching until October 26th, but the company appears to be kicking off its marketing for the Windows RT-powered tablet a little early.  A building wall in New York City has been taken …
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 …
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Facebook Is 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:
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
After meeting with Apple execs, analyst expects no television solution any time soon  —  The company's prospects for a near-term TV breakthrough appear to be bleak  —  FORTUNE — It's hard to know what to make of the signals coming out of the meetings with individual analysts Apple's (AAPL) executive staff has been holding lately.
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 …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Another Piece In Twitter's Money Puzzle: Teaming Up With HootSuite To Cross-Sell Ads  —  When Twitter published its latest thinking on how its API would evolve, and what it wanted to leave behind, it noted one of the areas it wanted to emphasize more was enterprise.
Kodak To Sell Imaging Units As Patent Auction Continues  —  Eastman Kodak Co. (EKDKQ), the bankrupt photography pioneer, said it will sell its consumer film, photo kiosks and commercial scanner businesses as it continues an extended effort to auction its digital-imaging patents.

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