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10:35 AM ET, August 29, 2011

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DigiTimes:
iPhone 5 to have smaller than 4-inch panel, say sources  —  Despite rumors about iPhone 5 featuring a 4.2-inch panel circulating within the IT market for a while, following a leak from Apple's website in Switzerland in early August, sources from upstream panel suppliers have recently revealed …
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 with Metal Chassis and Less Than 4" Screen?
Discussion: TiPb and MacPost
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Being Right  —  One of Steve Jobs' most devastating talents is in knowing when he is right.  By he I mean he and his team of talented designers, engineers, supply chain wranglers, and technologists.  Standing pat when the alternative is worse is a difficult move to make, but one Apple under Jobs has made a trademark.
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Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Who will be Silicon Valley's next Steve Jobs?  —  Who will be the next Steve Jobs?  —  It's a loaded question, to be sure, that inevitably elicits the same answer: No one.  Part cultural icon, part tech visionary, and part innovative business leader, Steve Jobs would seem impossible to duplicate.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Steve: Who's Going to Protect Us From Cheap and Mediocre Now?  —  Not so fast.  —  Until the last sinew, the last synapse gives up, Steve will continue to influence the company he co-founded and later recreated.  Seeing he could no longer “meet [his] duties and expectations as Apple's CEO” …
Peter Pachal / PC Magazine:
How Will Tim Cook Lead Apple?
AllThingsD:
Steve Jobs Through the Years: Highlights From the D Conference
Discussion: Softpedia News and TechEye
Mark Hearn / Sprintfeed:
Sprint Advising Employees to Remain Mum on iPhone  —  If you ask the Wall Street Journal, the iPhone is coming to Sprint in October.  This sounds great, but if you were to ask a Sprint employee, you just might get a different answer, or no answer at all.  We've received an internal memo …
Al Lewis / Wall Street Journal:
H-P's One-Year Plan  —  Let's say you were given a year to kill Hewlett-Packard.  Here's how you do it:  —  Fire well-performing CEO Mark Hurd over expense-report irregularities and a juicy sexual-harassment claim that you admit has no merit.  Fire four board members, as publicly as possible.
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Samsung's ChatON messaging service brings free texting to Android, iOS and BlackBerry (video)  —  It looks like Samsung is about to dip its toes in the mobile messaging market, with a new service called ChatON.  Slated to debut at this week's IFA, the app brings texting …
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Samsung Epic 4G Touch (Sprint): First Press Shots  —  Why is it that the upcoming US launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint — but not Verizon — feels a bit underwhelming?  It must be because the global version of the handset is already seeing a refresh …
Mike Cassidy / Mercury News:
World's biggest startup launches in Silicon Valley  —  Among the startups tucked between restaurants, squeezed into office buildings and squatting in storefronts near Mountain View's main drag is one that might stop you cold: @WalmartLabs.  —  Yes, Wal-Mart — the behemoth of Bentonville …
Wall Street Journal:
Vudu Marks a Rare Online Success for Wal-Mart  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has stumbled often in Internet retailing, but the big-box granddad has been surprisingly successful in one online venture: digital movie downloads.  —  A year after buying streaming service Vudu, which lets customers rent …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: In Times of Unrest, Social Networks Can Be a Distraction  —  THE mass media, including interactive social-networking tools, make you passive, can sap your initiative, leave you content to watch the spectacle of life from your couch or smartphone.  —  Apparently even during a revolution.
Discussion: Poynter
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Hurt by The Hurt Locker: why IP addresses aren't enough to find file-swappers  —  IP addresses have real uses when it comes to identifying Internet activity, but they work best when paired with targeted investigation rather than as “spray-and-pray” shotgun-style federal litigation.
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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