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Mobile Lowdown 8-12-11: Apple; BBM; Android; Huawei; AT&T; Angry Birds

A look at some of the big stories in mobile today:

Apple: Looks like there could be a media event scheduled for September 7 or 8; some are wondering if this will be Apple’s anticipated ‘iPhone5’ launch, and will on-leave CEO Steve Jobs (pictured at another Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) event) be there to usher it in? Meanwhile another 22 fake Apple stores are uncovered. (via MacRumors; Reuters)

Android: First pictures of the newest Android iteration, ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’, get leaked. (via RootzWiki, AndroidPolice)

BBM: Big growth for RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger service: 45 million active users, growing by two million every month worldwide. (via BerryReview)

AT&T: If the operator goes ahead with plans to expand its LTE network to cover another 55 million U.S. residents, it will cost $3.8 billion, according to some info accidentally released by the company. (via Wireless Week)

Cloud apps: Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is not the only retailer building cloud apps to bypass Apple and other native app stores. Walmart has launched one for its Vudu video streaming service. has also moved into HTML5 with its latest apps launch. (via SF Chronicle; TechCrunch)

Huawei: The Chinese handset maker is gearing up for its first own-brand smartphone in the UK. (via Bloomberg)

Nvidia: The Tegra chipmaker has beaten its quarterly forecasts. (via Venture Beat)

Rovio: The maker of “Angry Birds” could be valued at $1.2 billion after its next round of funding. (via Bloomberg)