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August 31, 2012, 5:05 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.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Is Developing Ad-Supported Tablet Computer  —  Amazon.com Inc. is planning an advertising-supported tablet computer that will be priced lower than similar models, according to people involved in discussions on the device.  —  The new device would come at a discount to tablets without …
CNET:
Kindle Fire won't go big to take on iPad  —  Amazon will next week announce two 7-inch Kindle Fire models, one with new hardware and the other an updated version of the original, CNET has learned.  —  Amazon plans to double down on the 7-inch tablet market with two new Kindle Fire models, CNET has learned.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: HTC Windows Phone 8 handsets to include Beats Audio  —  HTC's upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices will include Beats audio, we have learned.  Sources close to HTC's Windows Phone plans have confirmed the addition, with the HTC Accord — a 4.3-inch Windows Phone 8 handset — set to be the first HTC device with the functionality.
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.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Apple, publishers offer EU e-book antitrust concessions: source  —  (Reuters) - Apple and four major publishers will allow retailers such as Amazon to sell e-books at a discount for two years in a bid to end an EU antitrust investigation and stave off possible fines, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.
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.
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 …
Paul Haddad / Tapbots:
Tweetbot for Mac Beta (sort of)  —  If you launched Tweetbot for Mac and ended up on this page, please read this.  —  A lot of our Tweetbot for Mac Alpha users have worried about what's going to happen to them now that the Alpha has been pulled.  A few folks have suggested that we release …
Jessica Wohl / Reuters:
Exclusive: Walmart tests iPhone “Scan & Go” feature  —  (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is testing a “Scan & Go” system that would allow shoppers to scan items using their iPhones and then quickly pay at a self-checkout counter.  —  If the test by the world's largest retailer is successful …
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.
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.
More: Droid Life and Inquirer
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 …
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
FCC to review how it measures competition  —  The Federal Communications Commission could overhaul the way it measures competition in the wireless industry.  —  A senior FCC official told The Hill that Chairman Julius Genachowski plans to circulate an order with the other commissioners next week …
More: ZDNet and Engadget
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.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Facebook is letting developers reach users through notifications  —  Faebook apps just got a new way to reach out and touch ya: customized, real-time notifications.  This is great news for app developers, because they can turn on notifications for any user that has authorized the app; no new permissions are required.

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