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Noon News: Samsung Galaxy S3 Picture Leak, 4G Roll-out Controversy in UK, Foursquare App Gets NFC Functionality

The photo of what looks like yet another Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone (opens in new tab) has emerged online thanks to an anonymous poster who sent it to Knowyourmobile. The picture looks decidedly grainy and shows a handset that looks a lot like the Galaxy Nexus but with what looks like a slimmer frame and a physical home button with one capacitive button on either side.

Sparks are flying, again, over 4G in the UK (opens in new tab), with Everything Everywhere's latest move in the roll-out process. The operator has set up a non-profit organisation, to campaign for a speedier deployment of the next-generation mobile broadband. While that certainly seems like a laudable goal on the face of it, Everything Everywhere (EE) does have something to gain from the campaign.

Foursquare is breathing life back into BlackBerry (opens in new tab), by bridging the cross-platform divide with its updated application. The newest version now features the Near Field Communication ability, which until recently, was only available in the Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone app and its supported devices. The release of version 3.9 also recognises the power of direct messages - with Foursquare notifications now displayed in the BlackBerry inbox.

Laptop specialist Eurocom has unveiled a laptop (opens in new tab) that looks like a netbook but packs enough punch to make it competitive with much bigger desktop replacement workstations. The Monster 1.0 weighs only 1.8Kg but comes with an Intel i7-3820QM processor, an Intel Mobile HM76 Express chipset, up to 16GB DDR3-1866 memory, 1TB SATA3 HDD and an Nvidia Geforce GT650M with up to 2GB onboard memory.

The Daily Mail is throwing its weight behind a campaign (opens in new tab) to ensure ISPs employ an "opt-in" system when it comes to viewing online pornography. And today's headline is that two-thirds of the public back the paper's stance on the matter. Specifically, a survey conducted by YouGov found that 66 per cent of people supported calls for an "automatic ban" on adult material. Opt-in means that porn would be banned by default, and the user would have to contact the ISP to enable it.

The phone will be launched this coming Thursday at an invite-only event in London where will be reporting via Rob Kerr, our mobile editor.

You can read more about the Samsung Galaxy S3 and all the gossip surrounding what could turn up to be the biggest non-Apple event of the year on our dedicated liveblog (opens in new tab). We will covering the event live from Thursday at 1800 GMT.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.