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August 31, 2012, 3:20 PM

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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Predicting the “iPad Mini” internals  —  I saw two curious entries in Instapaper's device stats today: one iPad2,5 and one iPad2,6.  —  These device models, as reported by the OS, could be faked by a jailbreaker with enough free time.  But I've never had a device show up there that didn't end …
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Apple Said To Use AU Optronics, LG Display Screens In Mini IPad  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) will use screens from AU Optronics Corp. (2409) and LG Display Co. (034220) for a smaller version of the iPad to be released in October, according to four people familiar with the plans.
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Production of iPhone Screens Delayed at Sharp  —  Japan's Sharp Corp. hasn't started mass producing screens for Apple Inc.'s next iPhone, a person with knowledge of the situation said Friday, signaling potential supply problems for the U.S. company as it gears up to unveil its next-generation smartphone next month.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook Goes Gunning for Zombie “Likes”  —  Facebook is a ginormous site whose primary currency is “Likes.”  So, of course, it has a counterfeit “Like” problem.  —  Now Mark Zuckerberg and company say they've figured out how to crack down on zombie “Likes,” via “automated efforts” that will zap the bogus ones.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Exclusive: meet the Amazon Kindle with ‘Paperwhite’ backlit display  —  Along with one or more new Kindle Fires, we're expecting refreshed E Ink models in Amazon's e-reader line at the company's Los Angeles event next week as well.  One of those appears to be a refreshed Kindle Touch …
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Bloomberg:
Apple Loses Japan Patent Lawsuit Against Samsung Over Devices  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) lost a patent lawsuit in Japan as a Tokyo judge ruled that Samsung Electronics Co. smartphones and tablet computers didn't infringe on an Apple invention in the most recent decision of a global dispute.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
HP Launches The Beta Release Of Open WebOS  —  Gone are the days of HP's TouchPad and Palm ambitions, but HP is moving ahead with its plans to make webOS, it beleaguered mobile operating system, live on as open-source supported platform.  Today it's launching the beta release.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Software Meant to Fight Crime Is Used to Spy on Dissidents  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Morgan Marquis-Boire works as a Google engineer and Bill Marczak is earning a Ph.D. in computer science.  But this summer, the two men have been moonlighting as detectives, chasing an elusive surveillance tool from Bahrain across five continents.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
HTC ‘Accord’ Windows Phone 8 image leaked, reportedly includes 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor  —  HTC is preparing three Windows Phone 8 devices for release this year, and one of them — the HTC Accord — appears to have leaked in an image render today.  Posted on Twitter by XDA-Developers member Football …
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Grooveshark app yanked from Google Play yet again  —  The Android music app has again been removed from Google's online store after recently being reinstated.  —  Grooveshark has been on a roller coaster ride at the Google Play store.  —  The Android music app is once again …
Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
50GB free Dropbox service confirmed for Samsung Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Camera  —  Good news, storage junkies: Dropbox and Samsung have renewed their vows with a deal that'll provide 50GB of free storage for two years to owners of the new Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Camera.
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Purported Nokia Lumia 820, 920 Pureview pics arrive on Twitter  —  Our old friend, the @evleaks Twitter account is back, claiming that it's gotten the first official shots of Nokia's Lumia 820 and 920 with Pureview.  The terse tweets claim that the 820 is a 4.3-inch handset …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Hires a New Executive to Lead Online Gambling Ambitions  —  Zynga has added some firepower to its online gambling ambitions.  —  AllThingsD has learned that Maytal Ginzburg is joining Zynga as the company's chief operating officer in charge of new markets, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Plex announces $3.99 monthly service, new web client  —  The popular media server app Plex is getting a significant update, and for the first time giving its users the option of a paid tier of service.  Subscribers to the $3.99-a-month PlexPass will get early access to new features, starting with an all-new, faster web client.
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Roll Out Email- and Phone Number-Based Ad Targeting Next Week  —  Facebook will be launching new features next week that allow advertisers to target their ads to customers based on contact information that the advertiser has already collected.  It's a way for businesses to connect …

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