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August 28, 2012, 12:15 PM

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Evan Ramstad / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Vows to Fight Ban  —  SEOUL—Samsung Electronics said Tuesday it would fight Apple Inc.'s attempt to ban the sale of some of its smartphones in the U.S. with “all necessary measures.”  —  After winning a jury verdict for patent infringement against Samsung in a U.S. court last week …
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times:
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Brad Molen / Engadget:
Motorola RAZR M 4G LTE pics and specs revealed: 4.3-inch qHD display, ICS, 1.5GHz dual-core  —  We've been hearing about the Motorola XT907 — an LTE device bound for Verizon — for quite some time now, but we just got our hands on a full set of specs and even a few pics to go along with it.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
It appears Google has quietly killed its weather API  —  Last month, Google announced plans to shutter iGoogle, among a bunch of other services.  Many developers and users were (and still are) outraged, but at least they have some time to breathe: iGoogle isn't going away until November 1, 2013.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter no longer displays what client tweet was posted with on web, emphasizing first-party apps  —  Twitter has removed the ability for users to determine exactly what client was used to post a message to its service from the web client.  This was previously removed from its official iPhone client …
David Beren / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Adding microSIM Kits For iPhone 4/4S, Training Employees For “Selling Against The iPhone”  —  Based on both pieces of information that just came into our inbox, we're trying to draw two conclusions, one that T-Mobile isn't getting the iPhone 5, which shouldn't surprise anyone.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Firefox 15 available to download, finally fixes add-on memory leak  —  Mozilla has released Firefox 15 for PCs, smartphones, and tablets.  The most standout features are a completely silent background updater (like Chrome), significant memory footprint improvements, a built-in PDF reader …
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Active in Cloud, Amazon Reshapes Computing  —  SEATTLE — Within a few years, Amazon.com's creative destruction of both traditional book publishing and retailing may be footnotes to the company's larger and more secretive goal: giving anyone on the planet access to an almost unimaginable amount of computing power.
More: The Verge
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Google's Nexus 7 tablet pops up in rare home page ad  —  In a first, Google is actually touting a product on its home page, which is typically free of advertisements.  —  Google really wants people to take a look at its Nexus 7 tablet.  —  The $199 tablet started popping up on Google's home page today …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Apple strikes licensing deal with Motorola in Germany, heralds more peaceful times?  —  Motorola's war with Apple has certainly been overshadowed by the showdown with Samsung.  But, with the latter melodrama shifting into quiet mode, focus is coming back to the battle with Moto.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
IBM Envisions Watson As Supercharged Siri For Businesses  —  International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) researchers spent four years developing Watson, the computer smart enough to beat the champions of the quiz show “Jeopardy!”  Now they're trying to figure out how to get those capabilities into the phone in your pocket.
More: ZDNetThanks:@sarahfrier
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Your Twitter Followers Aren't Fake, They're Just Shy  —  A handful of recent reports have shined light on Twitter's “fake follower” problem.  But Twitter claims they're not really fake — and more importantly, not a problem.  —  For the first time in its short history …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Mainframe Evolves to Serve the Digital World  —  I.B.M. is introducing on Tuesday a new line of mainframe computers, adding yet another chapter to a remarkable story of technological longevity and business strategy.  —  The new model, the zEnterprise EC12, has strengthened …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why I think Evernote CEO Phil Libin is underrated  —  Evernote, the digital locker software, is an unlikely success story in Silicon Valley.  Last week at the Evernote Trunk Conference, its annual developer lovefest in San Francisco, the company announced that it has around 40 million users.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung Galaxy S III coming in new brown, red, black and grey colour variants  —  It has been rumoured for a while but with the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin commencing today, Samsung has confirmed that it will release four new colour variants of its bestselling Galaxy S III smartphone: brown, red, black and grey.
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Rackspace Acquires Mailgun, A Y Combinator Startup That Gives App Developers An API For Creating And Managing Online Mailboxes  —  Rackspace has acquired Mailgun, a San Francisco-based Y Combinator startup that has developed an API for creating and managing online email inboxes for apps and websites.

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