August 12, 2013, 12:35 PM

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Next iPad Takes After Thin, Light Mini  —  The same touch-panel technology that made the iPad mini thin and light will likely feature in the next iPad, which is currently being produced by Apple Inc.'s Asian suppliers, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry Says It's Looking For A Buyer (Or A Willing Partner), Forms Special Committee To ‘Explore Strategic Alternatives’  —  BlackBerry, the embattled Canada-based handset maker, today finally called a spade a spade.  The company halted trading in its shares to announce what some might argue …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Hold This Cat: HTC and Robert Downey Jr. kick off $1 billion ‘Change’ campaign (video)  —  “Big things ahead?”  Well, it looks like HTC's earlier tweet wasn't a cheeky hint at the upcoming 5.9-inch One Max; but rather, it was a tribute to the sheer scale of the new “Here's To Change” global ad campaign.
Ken Segall / Observatory:
Apple's evolving view of “pro”  —  In recent years, many pros have started feeling like Apple's jilted girlfriend.  Through no fault of their own, the love just seemed to fade.  —  Apple might claim otherwise when confronted, but the telltale signs have been hard to ignore:  —  • Mac Pro.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to field a Cloud OS for government: Sources  —  Summary: Microsoft may be readying one or more versions of its Cloud OS tailored specifically for government customers.  —  Microsoft may be readying one or more versions of its cloud operating system that would be customized for government users, according to my sources.
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David Meyer / GigaOM:
Firefox OS for the world!  ZTE to sell $80 Open smartphone through eBay  —  Have you been jonesing for a chance to play with Mozilla's Firefox OS smartphone operating system, but you don't live in one of the countries where it's been launched over the last month or so?
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
‘iPhone 5S’ (plus gold model), ‘iPhone 5C’ will actually be names of next iPhones?  —  Apple's next two iPhone models will be named iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, according to a report from Japan-based Macotakara.  With repeated reports and rumors of the next-generation iPhone retaining the same design …
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
Ben Nelson: The Man Who Would Overthrow Harvard  —  Can the Minerva Project do to Ivy League universities what Amazon did to Borders?  —  San Francisco  —  'If you think as we do," says Ben Nelson, “Harvard's the world's most valuable brand.  ” He doesn't mean only in higher education. "

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