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Tech News: iPad Mini Production Begins

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Plus, will Google and Apple join forces in a patent trial?

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This column highlights the most interesting and useful tech commentary from around the Web each day.
VentureBeat
Link: iPad Mini Production Begins, Bringing It One Step Closer to Reality
"Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has pressed the launch button on its rumored iPad Mini.

"The company's suppliers have finally begun mass production of the smaller iPad, just two weeks before Apple is expected to announce it, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.

"LG and AU Optronics are the companies behind the iPad Mini's display, which will measure 7.85 inches and won't feature the high-resolution Retina display featured in the latest iPad."

Tech Crunch
Link: RIM Rolls PlayBook 2.1 Update, Improves BlackBerry Bridge, Data Security, and Android App Support
"RIM (NASDAQ:RIMM) is not done with the PlayBook. The company just announced a major update for its tablet. The software update will be available later today for the WiFi PlayBook and brings a host of significant improvements. With this update the tablet now sports SMS capabilities through BlackBerry Bridge, data encryption on personal accounts, and improved Android application support."

GigaOm
Link: Game On: Sony Playstation Mobile Store for Android
"The Sony PlayStation Mobile store is officially open for Android business. Starting on Wednesday, owners of devices certified for Sony's (NYSE:SNE) mobile gaming program can install the store application and purchase games for use on an Android (NASDAQ:GOOG) phone or tablet. Similar to Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Appstore for Android, the Sony PlayStation Mobile catalog must be first installed directly - not from the Google Play store - in order to purchase games."

The Next Web
Link: Amazon Studios to Adapt Books for the Big Screen, Starting With Horror Novel SEED
"Amazon Studios has optioned the rights to a horror novel, the company announced today. The book in question is called SEED, by author Ania Ahlborn. According to the company, it has added the project to its development slate, and will begin testing various big screen adaptations of SEED."

Wired
Link: Now Samsung Is Suing Apple Over the iPhone 5
"The patent brawl between Samsung and Apple marches on. Samsung (PINK:SSNLF) on Tuesday filed amendment documents requesting to add the iPhone 5 to its existing suit against the Cupertino company.

"Samsung accuses Apple's latest smartphone of infringing eight of its patents, the same ones it claims Apple's new iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and iPod touch also infringe. In its filing, Samsung states, 'The iPhone 5 has the same accused functionality as the previously accused versions of the iPhone, so the proof of infringement of the patents-in-suit by the iPhone 5 is the same as for other Apple devices already accused of infringement in this litigation.'"

Insider Monkey
Link: Apple Inc., Google Inc. on Same Side of Patent Fight?
"Apple Inc. and Google Inc. are two companies that have become very familiar adversaries in courtrooms all around the world – both facing off with each other in proxy wars (Apple has faced HTC (TPE:2498), Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) in recent months, all of which are Google Android partners) and also against other entities in separate patent-infringement battles. But now, a recent court filing may just put both of these rival companies on the same side of the courtroom – or at least, on the same side of the negotiating table."
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