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Apple Stocks Up on Components for September iPhone Launch (AllThingsD)
Apple hasn’t yet officially announced the fall event at which it is expected to debut the next iteration of the iPhone, but it’s definitely planning one. The blog iMore was first to report that the company has scheduled a special event for Sept. 12, with the release date to follow nine days later on Sept. 21. iMore The iPad mini will be announced at the same event, as will the new iPod nano. iMore hasn’t heard a release date for the iPad mini yet, but it could be the same as the iPhone 5. ZDNet More photos and video of parts believed to be part of the yet unannounced iPhone 5 have leaked online. Japanese smartphone repair company iLab Factory has posted an extensive array of photos of parts it claims belong to the iPhone 5, including what it claims is a fully assembled body for the handset. Bloomberg Businessweek All of the changes rumored to be heading to the next iPhone have been included: a longer screen, redesigned speakers, a smaller dock connector and differently located headphone jack, top mic and front camera. Besides iLab’s pictures, a video has emerged supposedly showing the next iPhone and some of its parts. Gizmodo Let’s clear up one thing right now: there is no iPhone 5. Don’t worry! There’s still a new iPhone coming very soon. But it’s just going to be called that: the new iPhone.
Facebook Upgrades Photo Viewing, Sharing (Mashable)
Continuing the super-sizing of photos that began with the introduction of Timeline last year, Facebook on Monday enhanced image-viewing on the platform. Now, when you click Photos at the top of your Timeline, you’ll be presented with larger pics that fill up the page. Business Insider Facebook says you can use the new menu to find shots you’re tagged in, pictures you’ve shared and albums you’ve created. Bundled in with all of this is the ability to highlight your favorites, making it easier than ever to show friends your photos. Inside Facebook Facebook tells Inside Facebook these changes will apply to personal profiles as well as fan pages, as it rolls out over the next few weeks. Hovering over images brings up the title, buttons to like and comment, and the number of people who have engaged with the photo already.
5 Fun Videos That Show Off the Goofy Side of the Olympics (SocialTimes)
The Olympics are finally here, and we just can’t seem to get enough of them. If you can manage to tear yourself away from Olympic coverage for a few minutes, we’ve put together a list of five videos that show the goofier side of the Olympics — from the U.S. swimming team’s “Call Me Maybe” lip dub to a pair of puppets that are sick of the Games already.
Viddy Takes Social Video to the Next Level: Officially Opens Up its API (The Next Web)
Social video sharing site Viddy has announced the availability of its API, which will allow developers to build around the platform and come up with new ways to share videos. In a blog post, the company has challenged developers to come up with cool things and is offering a $10,000 prize.
Peter Jackson Uses Facebook to Announce Third ‘Hobbit’ Film (AllFacebook)
Facebook became a source of movie news when director Peter Jackson, who is at the helm for upcoming feature films “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” used the social network to announce that two films will become three. Readers: Would you be surprised to see more movie and entertainment news break on Facebook?
Google Adds Google+ Hangouts to Gmail (VentureBeat)
In its latest move, Google is adding Google+ Hangouts to Gmail, continuing its efforts to bring the services closer together. With the new feature, Gmail users will be able to video chat with not only other Gmail users, but friends on Google+ and the Google+ iOS and Android apps as well.
The Verge is Giving Extra Credit (and Links) to Primary Sources (Nieman Journalism Lab)
The Nieman Journalism Lab noticed a change in The Verge’s behavior lately. Links to sources were showing up more frequently in the body of stories, along with in the “Source” and “Via” tags at story bottom. I emailed managing editor Nilay Patel to see if this was a shift: “Yep, we’ve changed our policy and now link to primary sources inline as a matter of practice. We still think having a canonical source / via field is critically important to understanding a story’s context, though, so we do both.”
Bing Improves its Facebook Integration With Friend Tagging (TechCrunch)
The core of Bing’s social efforts is its Facebook integration, and the company Monday announced a nice new feature for Facebook users on Bing. It is allowing users to tag up to five of their friends whenever they ask a question.
Levinsohn Confirms That He’s Leaving Yahoo (The New York Times/Dealbook)
Ross Levinsohn, the executive who served as Yahoo‘s interim chief, confirmed on Monday that he was leaving the tech company after being passed over to fill the spot permanently. Levinsohn had successfully brokered a settlement with Facebook over a patent fight that began under Scott Thompson, Yahoo’s last chief executive, an agreement that included an expanded content partnership.