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September 3, 2012, 1:30 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: Nokia Lumia 920 to include wireless charging, 32GB storage, and 8-megapixel camera  —  Nokia will introduce its latest Lumia 920 handset at a special event with Microsoft on Wednesday September 5th, we have learned.  Images of the Lumia 920 leaked last week and we have been able to confirm them with multiple sources.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia 820 to include wireless charging, exchangeable covers, and microSD slot  —  Nokia will introduce its latest Lumia 820 handset at a special event with Microsoft on Wednesday September 5th, we have learned.  Images of the Lumia 820 leaked last week and we have been able to confirm them with multiple sources.
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New York Times:
New iPhone Announcement Has Apple Rivals Jostling for Spotlight  —  Back when Apple was an underdog, it had an easier time shrouding its product announcements in mystery and perhaps catching its competitors off guard.  But now tech companies are watching every one of Apple's moves — and scrambling to get out in front of them.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8 backup includes SMS sync to Hotmail and Outlook.com  —  We got an early glimpse at some planned Windows Phone 8 backup options in July when an SDK for the new mobile operating system leaked.  Until now, we haven't known exactly how the options — like SMS, photo, and settings backup — will work.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Samsung audit finds several inadequacies but no underage workers at Chinese HEG factory  —  Early last month, the HEG Electronics facility in Huizhou, China, which manufactures products for Samsung, Motorola, and others, was accused by China Labor Watch of using child labor.
David Carr / New York Times:
Reddit Thrives Under Hands-Off Policy of Advance Publications  —  There are many ways to measure the traction of a social media platform: time spent, page views or unique users.  But it might be useful to add one more metric: if the leader of the free world stops by to answer questions from your users, you're probably doing O.K.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Baidu, China's Google, jumps on mobile, launches speedy Android browser  —  Baidu, the dominant leader in China's search market, has leapt on to Android with a new browser for the Google-owned mobile OS.  The browser features a new HTML5 and Javascript engine that the company says is fast enough …
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Threat to BSkyB as Freesat partners with Netflix  —  Freesat, the satellite television joint-venture owned by the BBC and ITV, is to launch a major new assault on the pay-TV market by partnering with rival Netflix.  —  Freesat's new set-top box will allow viewers to watch shows like Doctor …
Karan Bajaj:
Clearing the air around Samsung Mob!lers vs Indian bloggers fiasco  —  It all started this morning when a close friend Nimish Dubey tagged me on Facebook with a link to The Next Web's story on how Samsung took two Indian bloggers to IFA, Berlin and then threatened to leave them there without return tickets and hotel.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google reportedly preparing to release a 3G Nexus 7 within 6 weeks  —  Fresh from opening its popular Nexus 7 tablet up to a bunch of new international markets, Google is said to be just six weeks away from launching a 3G-compatible version of its tablet device, according to Paul O'Brien at MoDaCo.
Jamie Doward / Guardian:
How online reviews are crucial to a restaurant's takings  —  US economists find that when a restaurant rating improved by just half a star it was very much more likely to be full at peak dining times  —  It is something every restaurateur and hotel owner knows: good reviews boost takings while terrible ones can close you down.

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