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9:35 PM ET, August 11, 2011

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Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Games in Google+: fun that fits your schedule  —  My family has a games closet.  Inside you'll find a few decks of cards, two decades' worth of board games and a Twister mat for those times when we're feeling limber.  Playing games is a great way for us to spend quality time with each other …
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David Glazer / Google+ Platform Blog:
Stepping Onto the Google+ Platform  —  Welcome to the Google+ Platform blog!  Only 6 weeks ago we launched the Google+ project to fix sharing on the Web.  Since then, tens of thousands of you have expressed an overwhelming desire to build applications for Google+ — we can't wait to help you out.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Wastes No Time Putting Games On Google+: Angry Birds, Bejeweled, Zynga On Board  —  For all the hype it has gotten and all the users it has gained, it's easy to forget that Google+ has only been out for a month and a half.  But they're moving fast to ensure they don't flop again in the social space.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Take that, Facebook: Google+ commission on game transactions is 5 percent, not 30 percent  —  For the launch of its Google+ social games platform, Google has found one way to differentiate itself from Facebook.  For in-game transactions, Google is only going to be charging a 5 percent commission …
Discussion: The Business Insider
Jared Morgenstern / Facebook Blog:
Making Games Better  —  For those who enjoy games on Facebook, we're launching new features to make it easier to find new games and play with friends.  —  A new game ticker  —  When you're playing games, you'll now see a separate stream of your friends' game activity, scores and achievements in a ticker.
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David Ruddock / Android Police:
Exclusive Leak: First Android Ice Cream Sandwich Screenshots, Plus More ICS Details  —  No, it's not a joke, prank, or some cruel attempt to make you click things.  This is for real.  The first screenshots of Android Ice Cream Sandwich have been leaked to us as well as RootzWiki …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Greater Manchester Police tweeting names, dates of birth and addresses of looters  —  As you may already know, names, dates of birth and addresses of convicted criminals are all public record in the UK.  It's been customary for these things to be published for years.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Blaming the tools: Britain proposes a social-media ban
Tim Bradshaw / FT Tech Hub:
Mixed messages from Twitter, Facebook and RIM over Cameron's riot block threat
Discussion: Telegraph and BBC
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Mango landing 1 September  —  Microsoft will roll out its latest phone operating system, currently codenamed Mango, to Windows Phone 7 users starting on 1 September, Pocket-lint has exclusively learnt.  Therefore, that will be the date that the company will start its fightback against Android and the iPhone.
Bloomberg:
Nintendo's Mario Pressured to Jump to IPhone  —  In “Super Mario 3DLand,” Nintendo Co. will make its iconic Italian plumber battle turtle-like Koopa Troopas on its 3-D player.  The company instead should develop titles for Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone, investors say.
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Even Mark Zuckerberg Gets Annoyed With Spammy Facebook Apps, Does Not Think Dave Morin is ‘Chill’  —  Downside of having a technology company once completely beloved but now that everyone's more than ready to delete their account from?  Watching it grow large enough to actually find yourself …
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Brian / Chill:
Response to Mark Zuckerberg
Discussion: The Business Insider and Tubefilter, Thanks:briannorgard
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
‘Angry Birds’ Maker Seeks $1.2B Valuation  —  Rovio Entertainment Oy, the Finnish creator of the “Angry Birds” mobile-phone game, is in talks to receive funding that would value the company at about $1.2 billion, two people with knowledge of the discussions said.
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Google Tells ITC Judge: Microsoft Revealed Our Secret Source Code  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has asked a judge at the International Trade Commission to sanction Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), saying that the company revealed “highly confidential source code” to an expert witness in violation of the court's rules.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals Big Plans to Integrate Projectors into iOS Devices +  —  On August 11, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a grand patent application from Apple that reveals their plans of integrating mini or pico-like projectors into future iOS devices while introducing a likely projector accessory for MacBooks.
Ryan Roslansky / The LinkedIn Blog:
Privacy, Advertising, and Putting Members First  —  Over the last few days, some of you may have read stories or blog posts about some new forms of advertising, called “social ads"[1], that we are testing on our site.  Since the launch, we've also been gathering feedback from our users and we hear you loud and clear.
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
The patent system isn't broken — we are  —  There is a fundamental problem with patents in the United States.  —  It is us.  —  By that I mean all of us: the companies and people who directly interact with the patent system, the media that reports on those interactions …
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Why software patents are not fixable
Discussion: TiPb
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Focused on Advancing iOS Metaphors to a Higher Level  —  On August 11, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the possible next chapters for Apple's iOS.  Apple's patent application focuses on advancing iOS metaphors to a higher level.
Discussion: TechCrunch and 9to5Mac
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile to Start Charging Overages on Low-End Data Plan  —  T-Mobile pioneered the notion of throttling data speeds rather than charging overages for those who use up their allotted data amount in a given month.  Now the company has decided it needs to start assessing overage charges on its lowest-end data plan.
Staska / Unwired View:
Motorola's Sanjay Jha openly admits they plan to collect IP royalties from other Android makers  —  As you have probably heard, a major patent war is raging in mobile industry, and competitors are ganging up on Android, exploiting Google's weakness in intellectual property assets.
Andy Baio / Waxy.org:
Heello is Twitter for Pretending  —  It's easy to write off Heello as a Twitter clone.  Created by the founder of Twitpic, the shameless knockoff looks and behaves like a stripped-down version of Twitter, down to the [tweets] pings, [followers] listeners, and [retweets] echos.
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Survey Says Facebook API Has Most Headaches and Horror Stories  —  A survey of API experiences raised some of the largest problems developers encounter, including which companies cause them.  The Facebook API was mentioned far and away more than any other in long-form answers to questions about headaches …
Economist:
Slicing an Apple  —  How much of an iPhone is made by Samsung?  —  APPLE doesn't make the iPhone itself.  It neither manufactures the components nor assembles them into a finished product.  The components come from a variety of suppliers and the assembly is done by Foxconn, a Taiwanese firm, at its plant in Shenzhen, China.
Discussion: PC World, MacDailyNews and Gizmodo
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga's New S-1: Zynga's Internal Valuation In March 2011 Was $11.5 Billion  —  Zynga just filed another version of its S-1 for the company's $1 billion public offering and here's what's new.  First, Zynga says in the filing that in March of this year, the company had an internal valuation at around $11.5 billion.
 
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Alan Eustace / Google New Zealand Blog:
Privacy Impact Assessment for Street View in New Zealand
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Eye-Tracking Study Shows Users Perceive Google+ and Facebook Virtually Identically
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Nvidia beats forecast thanks to mobile chip sales
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Michael Martina / Reuters:
Chinese authorities find 22 more fake Apple stores
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
University of Wisconsin hacked: 75,000 social security numbers, student names exposed
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
IBM executive says PC era is in its twilight
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Silicon Valley's Undertaker: 'We're Anticipating a Major Fallout'
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