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8:50 AM ET, August 17, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Xbox Live launch titles for Windows Phone 7 finally revealed, we've got the full preview  —  We've known that proper Xbox Live gaming (powered by XNA) was coming to Windows Phone 7 devices, but we'd yet to see any of that thumb-spraining goodness in action besides a brief demo and a few developer videos.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: Games to be front and center for Windows Phone 7  —  Microsoft is reconfirming, on the eve of GamesCon 2010, that it is making sure the Windows Phone 7 platform will be a game-centric one.  —  On August 16, Microsoft officials confirmed earlier reports that Microsoft Game Studios …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
What Will Facebook Be Announcing Wednesday?  Location, Location, Location!  —  Foursquare might want to stock up on the Mylanta on Wednesday.  —  That's because a multitude of sources indicate that Facebook will finally be rolling out its own geo-location offering and the date now looks set for the day after tomorrow.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Facebook Location Looms, Has Foursquare Entered The Pantheon Of Services?  —  Look at the image above.  There are three services listed on the San Francisco Giants' scoreboard during a baseball game.  Twitter.  Facebook.  Foursquare.  The first two are ubiquitous.
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Report Says Apple to Launch 7-inch IPad by Christmas  —  Apple is readying another tablet similar to the iPad but with a 7-inch touchscreen for launch as early as the end of this year, according to a major Taiwanese newspaper.  —  This is the second report of an iPad 2 sighting in Taiwan …
Devin Coldewey / MobileCrunch:
Bad News For RIM: Only 150,000 Torches Sold At Launch?  —  RIM needed a hit, and the data increasingly indicate that the Blackberry Torch is not that.  While 150,000 units sold is nothing to sneeze at, and RIM's overall sales are still strong, I can smell their decaying brand from here.
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Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Laptop e-mail cache tipped Apple to kickbacks scheme  —  IDG News Service - Court papers filed by the U.S. Government and Apple against a former manager detail a scheme that allegedly saw confidential Apple data supplied to Asian electronics companies over more than three years in return for kickbacks of more than US$1 million.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google CEO Suggests You Change Your Name to Escape His Permanent Record  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt has a great way of making public statements that are at once frank, unorthodox, thought provoking - and a little frightening.  This weekend The Wall St. Journal ran an interview with Schmidt …
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Zephoria / danah boyd:
a few thoughts on name changes & reputation
Matthew Danzico / BBC:
Cult of less: Living out of a hard drive  —  Chris Yurista, a Washington, DC resident who lives out of a backpack, claims digital technology has replaced the need for his home and his possessions  —  Many have begun trading in CD, DVD, and book collections for digital music, movies, and e-books.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Switched, PSFK and Boing Boing
Royal Pingdom:
Why Android developers are losing money, and it's not due to piracy  —  Google has made great strides with Android, and a ton of developers have flocked to the growing mobile platform.  Not everything is rosy, though.  One major concern among developers is that piracy levels are very high on the platform.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
JULY SEARCH SHARE: Google Loses, Yahoo Gains, Bing Hits Wall  —  Comscore has adjusted its search methodology to mute the impact of automated searches, “hovers,” and other gimmicks.  —  The new numbers only measure “explicit” searches, in which a user types a term in a search window and clicks “search.”
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
PAY ATTENTION TO THIS STARTUP: Shopkick, Launching Today, Is Foursquare For Shopping — With Actual Rewards  —  Foursquare has become a popular mobile social networking app with some shopping perks.  —  But another iPhone app, launching today, is much more focused on shopping …
Boy Genius Report:
Both Verizon Wireless iPhone and next generation iPad about to hit field testing?  —  One of our Apple sources has just informed us of something very interesting.  Way down deep within iOS 4 is a pretty intriguing block of code.  Our source says that the code queries the device …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
The Early Facebook Employee Exodus  —  Staying at a tech startup for more than four years — the default stock option vesting schedule — is a rare thing, but it seems notable that at 6-year-old Facebook, many early and influential employees have moved on, several of them recently.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
AP decides not to LOL  —  The Associated Press almost shared a page with LOLcats.  —  Pet Holdings Inc., which owns a network of blogs that post pictures of felines with silly captions, and videos of men getting hit in the groin on its Fail Blog, had been wrapped in rather lengthy negotiations …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL Opens Its 100th Patch, Targets 500 By Year's End (TCTV)  —  When AOL bought hyperlocal news site Patch in June, 2009, it covered five towns in Connecticut and New Jersey.  On Tuesday, it will open its 100th Patch, and by the end of the year it plans to open 400 more for a total of 500.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Swingly: New Search Engine Reveals Just The Facts  —  The days of search engines merely being a middle man are over.  Search isn't about sending users to the right web page, it's about getting them the information they want as soon as possible — sometimes it's a web page …
Booyah!:
MyTown Sees 350K Product Check-ins A Week; Pantene and H&M Join In On The Fun  —  It's only been a short time since we offered Product Check-ins as a feature in MyTown, but the results have been amazing.  Not only has the feedback for this feature been overwhelmingly positive, its use has been incredible as well!
Discussion: The Next Web
Felix Salmon:
Do tech entrepreneurs need VCs?  —  One of the least convincing and most annoying arguments against investing in index funds is the idea that if everybody did it, then the stock market wouldn't be able to efficiently allocate capital any more.  Well, yes — but there will always be people picking and buying individual stocks and funds.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The odds are good that Lyric Semiconductor will change computing  —  Lyric Semiconductor hopes to find a gold mine in checking memory errors.  The Cambridge, Mass.-based company has created a new kind of computer circuit that calculates probabilities much faster than traditional computer chips.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Radio, RIAA: mandatory FM radio in cell phones is the future  —  Music labels and radio broadcasters can't agree on much, including whether radio should be forced to turn over hundreds of millions of dollars a year to pay for the music it plays.  But the two sides can agree on this …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and AppleInsider
Charles Oliver Nutter / Headius:
My Thoughts on Oracle v Google  —  As you've probably heard by now, Oracle has decided to file suit against Google, claiming multiple counts of infringement against Java or JVM patents and copyrights they acquired when they assimilated Sun Microsystems this past year.
Discussion: Ed Burnette's Dev …
 
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Tim Wayne / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Government Uses Social Networking Sites for More than Investigations
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
ComScore: Here's How We're Going To Weed Out Bogus Searches …
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Adobe AIR coming to Android in Q4 2010
Discussion: Relevant Results
John Poirier / Reuters:
Four Democrats urge U.S. to act on Internet traffic
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