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10:55 AM ET, August 12, 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.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Google's Google+ Adds Games, But Wants Data in Return
Discussion: SlashGear
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple to Hold Media Event on September 7th, 2011?  —  Kodawarisan offers the first specific date for Apple's fall media event.  According to the Japanese site, Apple is planning on holding their usual iPod-announcing event on Wednesday, September 7th.  —  Apple has traditionally held …
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 …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
How browsers make money, or why Google needs Firefox  —  Whenever we write a glowing story about Firefox or Mozilla, the ExtremeTech postbag has a tendency to fill up with letters and missives from concerned readers who are worried about Mozilla's close ties with Google.
Thanks:mrseb
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Acer Iconia Tab A100 — the first 7-inch Honeycomb tablet — goes on sale for $330  —  It hasn't been an easy road for Acer's 7-inch Iconia Tab A100 — its US launch was delayed and it has been patiently waiting on Google's Android 3.2 to mend its software issues.
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Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Acer Iconia Tab A100 review
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.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Did Facebook's Redesign Just Bring Back Viral Spam?  —  Facebook has launched a major redesign for games, bringing back some viral components that were turned off after users complained about random alerts cluttering their news feeds.  —  The updates were announced Thursday evening …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
What If Tim Berners-Lee Had Patented The Web?  —  You may have seen the stories a week or so ago about how it was the 20th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee putting up the first web page.  While many, many people still confuse “the web” with “the internet,” Berners-Lee's creation really did help …
Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Aussie startup recruits Google Maps inventor  —  THE lightbulb moment for Rebekah Campbell came as she was confronting the awful, imminent prospect of failure.  —  Tickets to a gig she was promoting were not selling and the band, Evermore, was facing the ignominy of playing before a near-empty house.
Brian Norgard / Chill:
Response to Mark Zuckerberg  —  Yesterday, we quietly released Chill.com—a site to watch video together—not expecting much more than to test out the user experience with a couple thousand friends.  —  That was wrong.  —  Many more showed up.  The entire day, we basically sat huddled around …
Michael Martina / Reuters:
Chinese authorities find 22 more fake Apple stores  —  (Reuters) - Authorities in China's southwestern city of Kunming have identified another 22 unauthorized Apple retailers weeks after a fake of the company's store in the city sparked an international storm.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Unleashes Native Client Into Chrome, Next-Gen Web Apps To Follow?  —  For well over a year now, Google has been hyping up something called Native Client.  It's an open source technology that allows a web browser to run compiled native code.  In other words, it's a potential missing link between native apps and web apps.
Maisie Ramsay / Wireless Week:
Unredacted AT&T Filing Shows $3.8B Price Tag  —  AT&T's pledge to expand its LTE network to an additional 55 million Americans if the T-Mobile USA mega-merger goes through carries a $3.8 billion price tag, according to data accidentally leaked by the company today.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial: Android Grabs 53 Percent Of Ad Impressions In Q2; iOS Takes 27 Percent Share  —  The largest remaining independent mobile ad network Millennial Media has released its 50th report today, and to commemorate this, revealed a number of statistics comparing the growth of manufacturers and OS over the past few years.
Discussion: AllThingsD, Fortune, GigaOM and TUAW
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Opinionaided secures $4.3M for real-time mobile Q&A  —  The Series A round is led by SoftBank Capital and BlueRun Ventures  —  Following on the heels of its $1 million seed round in March, mobile Q&A app Opinionaided has announced its $4.3 million Series A round led by SoftBank Capital and BlueRun Ventures …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
Steve Kovach / Tools:
Samsung Finally Plans To Announce The Galaxy S II On August 29 — One Week Ahead Of The iPhone 5  —  We just got an invite to Samsung's Galaxy S II official U.S. launch announcement.  —  It's on August 29 at 6 p.m. Eastern.  We'll be there live covering the whole thing.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Nokia N9 gets axed in Germany, global tour looks even more meager  —  Like slowly waking up from a sweet dream, the Nokia N9 is gradually slipping away from our conscious mind before it's even released.  We knew Stephen Elop & Co. didn't have high interest in the one (and only) …
 
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Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Dell discontinues the 5 inch Streak tablet
Adam Rawnsley / Danger Room:
Chinese Army Targets iPhone, iPad With Propaganda App
Discussion: TechEye
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Box.net Bets On HTML5 For New Mobile Site; Launches PlayBook And Android Tablet Apps
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
When Startups Fail, Investors Recoup by Selling Patents
Electronista:
PC makers demand more Intel cash to build $999 ultrabooks
Discussion: TechEye and DigiTimes, Thanks:mattscobel
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
U.S. Anti-Piracy Police Kept Secret From The Public
Discussion: DSLreports
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Security Flaws in Feds' Radios Make for Easy Eavesdropping
Discussion: Schneier on Security
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Google+ Giving Four Days' Grace Period to Potential Name Policy Violators
Discussion: Google+
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Rumor: Low-cost ‘iCloud iPhone’ to accompany iPhone 5
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Eye-Tracking Study Shows Users Perceive Google+ and Facebook Virtually Identically
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Focused on Advancing iOS Metaphors to a Higher Level
Discussion: TechCrunch
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Greater Manchester Police tweeting names, dates of birth and addresses of looters
Discussion: FT Tech Hub, Pulse2 and Gawker