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August 24, 2012, 4:35 AM

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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:
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 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.
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 …
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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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: Reuters
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 …
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.
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: CNET
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
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
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.
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?
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
DOJ compares Apple and publishers to big oil in ebooks case  —  In its response to recent filings from Apple, publishers and booksellers on its proposed ebook settlement with three publishers, the Department of Justice addresses few specific complaints (PDF; full filing embedded below).
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Autodesk down 22% in after-hours trading on disastrous earnings  —  Design software firm Autodesk has lost 22 percent of its value in after-hours trading on the NASDAQ exchange after a particularly bad earnings report for its fiscal second quarter.  —  Autodesk is a leading maker of 3D design and engineering software.

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