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August 29, 2012, 6:30 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung Ativ S officially announced: 4.8-inch 720p display, Windows Phone 8  —  It's official: Samsung is first out of the gate to announce a Windows Phone 8 device: The Ativ S. As we revealed just a short time ago, it has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor …
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Samsung announces EK-GC100 Galaxy Camera with Android Jelly Bean, massive 4.8-inch display, 21x zoom, WiFi and 4G connectivity (hands-on)  —  During a visit to Samsung's headquarters in Korea earlier this year, we had a chance to talk shop with company execs.
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
President Obama hits Reddit on ‘Ask Me Anything’  —  President Obama will be participating in an open question-and-answer session this afternoon on the Web community Reddit, as the subject of one of the site's regular “Ask Me Anything” threads.  —  Reddit announced that the president …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
How Reddit Got Obama: “There Are Quite a Few Redditors at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.”  —  Question No. 1: Yup, that's really Barack Obama, taking questions over at a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).  —  Question No. 2: It was really no big deal, says Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, via email:
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Sony Xperia Tablet S official: slimmed-down design, Tegra 3, IR remote and Android 4.0, starts at $400  —  Looks like those leaked slides showing Sony's Xperia-branded tablet were right about pretty much everything.  (Well, everything except the price, anyway).
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Yelp Surges After Lockup Expires  —  While early investors in Yelp got their first chance to sell shares in the online reviews site on Wednesday, it appears they are holding on to their stakes for now.  —  When a so-called lockup period expires, a stock typically falls, as investors sell their shares.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Apple Geniuses: Now help you online in UK  —  Apple has announced a new feature to its Online store in the UK.  Apple Geniuses to help you pick the right iPhone.  —  “Now there's a whole new way to shop for an iPad or iPhone at the Apple Online Store,” says Apple.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Vimeo integrates with Dropbox for easier video uploads and shares  —  Video sharing service Vimeo has finally integrated with cloud storage service Dropbox after many requests from the vocal Vimeo community, the company announced today.  —  With the integration, Vimeo users can now add …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Pandora's Q2 2013: $101.3M In Revenue, 54.9M Active Users, And A Net Loss Of $5.4M  —  Internet music service Pandora just announced its financial results for the second quarter of its fiscal 2013.  The company posted total revenue of $101.3 million, which was up 51 percent year-over-year.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Toshiba unveils U925t Ultrabook with slide-out touchscreen, keeps the price a secret for now  —  If Computex was a coming out party for Windows 8 Ultrabooks, Toshiba was one of the wallflowers: though the company teased some concept devices, it only let journalists photograph them from certain angles, and with their screens turned off.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Unreal Engine 3 Running on ASUS' Vivo Tab RT  —  NVIDIA proudly announced today that Epic Games ported the UE3 powered Epic Citadel demo to Windows RT, and showed it running on ASUS' Vivo Tab RT. The Citadel demo first made its big splash on iOS, later paving the way for the Infinity Blade franchise on Apple's mobile platform.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Google just made it easier for developers to monetize their maps  —  Even with competition from OpenStreetMap, Google's Maps service continues to be the clear favorite for developers when it comes to integrating mapping into their sites and apps.  Now, after years of offering nothing …
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
ClearSlide nets $28M to give sales teams better presentation tools  —  Sales communications startup Clearslide has raised $28 million in its second round of funding aimed at opening a New York City office, developing new products, and increasing marketing efforts, the company announced today.
David Fisher / New Zealand Herald:
Dotcom secures $6m for lawyers, living costs  —  Kim Dotcom has secured the use of $6 million from seized funds to pay for his lawyers and cover living costs.  —  A decision from the High Court at Auckland has cleared the way for Dotcom to pay current and future legal bills of $3.6m …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Big Brother on a budget: How Internet surveillance got so cheap  —  The surveillance powers of CCTV are coming to a network near you, thanks to deep packet inspection and big data analytics.  —  ogglog  —  When Libyan rebels finally wrested control of the country last year away …
More: Betabeat and Gizmodo
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Google lands patent for automatic object recognition in videos, leaves no stone untagged  —  Google has already been working on patents that could pick out faces and song melodies in our YouTube clips.  Now, it might just have the ultimate tool: the technique in a just-granted patent could pick …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Kobo to Replace Google E-Books for Independent Booksellers  —  Kobo has struck a deal to sell e-books and its line of e-readers through independent U.S. booksellers, giving the Toronto firm a new chance to establish a foothold in the American digital books market.
Bloomberg:
Google Said To Hire Barclays To Sell Motorola's Home Business  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) wants to sell the unit within Motorola Mobility that provides set-top boxes and other equipment to cable providers and has hired Barclays Plc (BARC) to seek buyers, according to two people familiar with the situation.
More: The Verge, Forbes and CNET
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Intel Teases Tech for Using Laptop to Wirelessly Charge a Phone  —  Imagine being able to charge a nearly dead smartphone battery just by putting the phone next to a laptop.  —  Well, it turns out that feature is on the drawing board.  Intel said on Wednesday that it is working …

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