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August 30, 2012, 5:35 AM

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Note II official with 5.5-inch screen and Android Jelly Bean (video preview)  —  After dominating IFA 2011 with its Galaxy Note introduction, Samsung is hoping to repeat the feat today with the Galaxy Note II.  Now thinner and lighter, the new Note device comes with a redesigned S Pen stylus …
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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:
HP unveils Envy x2 laptop / tablet hybrid: 11-inch IPS screen, NFC and pen support, arriving later this year  —  You didn't think the world's top PC maker was going to sit out the laptop / tablet hybrid trend, now did you?  HP, one of the last OEMs to share its Windows 8 plans …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Amazon Appstore launches in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain ahead of possible tablet launch  —  Preempting what will almost certainly see the launch of the company's Kindle Fire tablet range in Europe, Amazon has pushed like its Android Appstore in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Why Yelp stock spiked  —  The insiders didn't sell.  —  FORTUNE — This was supposed to be the day that Yelp (YELP) shares took a dive, as early investors were unshackled from lockup provisions attached to the local business review site's March IPO.  So why on earth is the stock up nearly 19% as of this writing?
Michael Zhang / PetaPixel:
GIMP is Now a Self-Contained Native App for Mac OS X  —  GIMP, the image editing program that's a popular open-source alternative to Photoshop, is now easier than ever for Mac users to start using.  Though it was completely free, installing it has long required that X11 also be installed — a major pain in the butt.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
If Content Is King, Multiscreen Is The Queen, Says New Google Study  —  New research out from Google, working with market analysts Ipsos and Sterling Brands, puts some hard numbers behind the often-noticed trend of how people in the U.S. are using a combination of phones, tablets, computer and TVs to consume digital content.
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.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google Now updated with movie showtime suggestions, emergency alerts, and more  —  One of the headline features of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is Google Now, the company's riff on the automated mobile assistant — and today Google has released an update that adds some new features to the mix.
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
ASUS Shows Off Windows 8-Powered Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT Tablets  —  Today at IFA Berlin, ASUS unveiled updated and renamed versions of the ASUS Tablet 810 and Tablet 600 Windows 8 slates that it first announced at Computex Taipei in June.  Now dubbed the ASUS Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT respectively …

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