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August 29, 2012, 9:25 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 participated in a surprise 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's site experienced some outages immediately following …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Reddit has its biggest day ever thanks to President Obama's AMA  —  President Barack Obama showed up on Reddit today for an unannounced Ask Me Anything session at around 4PM today.  The post set a record for Reddit, with more than 200,000 concurrent visitors during the iAMA.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Mark your Microsoft calendars: Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 launch dates revealed  —  Summary: Expect September to be a month of Windows Phone 8 handset reveals, and late October to be the official launch of the coming devices.  —  We Microsoft watchers already knew October was going to be a crazy month …
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).
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Lift Launches Incredibly Simple Personal Motivation App  —  If you had to break down motivation to its simplest bits, what would they be?  —  According to the new iPhone app Lift, they are: Setting goals, recording activity, getting support and seeing progress.  —  That's all Lift users can do.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Exclusive: Amazon NY signs deal to sell its ebooks through other retailers  —  Amazon's New York-based book publishing imprint, which is headed by publishing industry vet Larry Kirshbaum, has signed a deal with Ingram to distribute its ebooks to other retailers, paidContent has learned.
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 …
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.
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 …

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