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1:50 PM 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?  —  Digitimes offers a bit of a strange report this morning that just seems to reinforce some details that have been previously reported about the iPhone 5.  —  The strangest bit, however, is that their report attempts to refute a fake …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Verizon Wireless exclusively launching Samsung DROID Prime in October  —  BGR has exclusively learned from a close source of ours that Verizon Wireless has passed on offering the Samsung GALAXY S II in favor of something even better.  We reported last week that Verizon isn't going to sell the GALAXY S II, and we have now been told why.
DigiTimes:
Samsung reportedly recruits ex-HP VP for PC business; considers buying webOS  —  Samsung Electronics, despite refuting reports it plans to take over Hewlett-Packard's (HP's) PC business, reportedly has already recruited HP's ex-vice president of PSG marketing Raymond Wah to handle Samsung's PC sales …
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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.
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 …
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 …
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
AT&T-Verizon-T Mobile Sets $100M for Google Fight  —  Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc. (T) and T- Mobile USA plan to invest more than $100 million in their joint venture that lets consumers pay for goods with mobile phones, people with knowledge of the project said.
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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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Steve: Who's Going to Protect Us From Cheap and Mediocre Now?
Discussion: Fortune
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Who will be Silicon Valley's next Steve Jobs?
Discussion: MacRumors and PC Magazine
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 …
New York Post:
Social gamer Zynga detoured on the road to IPOVille  —  Wall Street turmoil is affecting the timing of Zynga's public debut.  —  The social-gaming company, which had been racing to launch an initial public offering early next month, is no longer in a rush because of the rocky stock markets …
Kim Hart / POLITICO Pro:
Twitter hires former top FCC aide  —  Twitter is expanding its Washington presence.  —  The San Francisco-based social networking company announced Monday — via tweet, of course — that telecom policy veteran Colin Crowell will become Twitter's head of global public policy.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Adobe unveils PDF creation app for iPhone and iPad  —  Adobe today released a new iOS app dubbed CreatePDF that does right what the name suggest.  Using CreatePDF, one can create PDF documents from scratch, right on their iOS device, down to images, links, formatting, footnotes, drawings and more.
Discussion: Softpedia News and MacStories
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.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Toshiba goes ultra-thin in Berlin for 3rd Android tablet [Updated]  —  Can Toshiba go from having the worst Andorid tablet last year at IFA Berlin to having the best device at this year's show?  NotebookItalia just filed a report that says Toshiba will unveil an ultra-thin Android tablet …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
So why did Cisco buy Versly?  —  Cisco Systems announced Monday that it was buying a little-known collaboration software company, Versly, for an undisclosed amount.  Versly makes it easy to collaborate inside the Microsoft Office products, though it's not clear who its customers are.
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
LivingSocial's CEO Weathers Rapid Growth  —  LivingSocial Inc. Chief Executive Tim O'Shaughnessy's duties once included occasionally emptying the office garbage.  Now the 29-year-old is managing a 3,500-person Web company with a soaring valuation that faces dozens of competitors.
Casey Newton / San Francisco Chronicle:
Salesforce abuzz over social networking software  —  Metallica playing a trade show?  It's the kind of deliciously strange bit of news a person might share on Facebook - but Salesforce.com would rather see it posted on Chatter.  —  Salesforce, the San Francisco cloud-computing company …
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 …
 
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Alistair Barr / Reuters:
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
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Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Missouri teachers win fight to be Facebook friends with students
Discussion: Daily Dot
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