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2:00 PM ET, August 12, 2011

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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 …
Steve Chuang / CENS.com:
TSMC Kicks Off A6 Processor Trial Production with Apple  —  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC), the world's largest semiconductor foundry by market shares now, has allegedly started trial production of the A6 processor in cooperation with Apple Inc., with the production design …
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
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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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Google's Google+ Adds Games, But Wants Data in Return
Discussion: SlashGear and Softpedia News
comScore, Inc.:
14 Million Americans Scanned QR or Bar Codes on their Mobile Phones in June 2011  —  Newspapers/Magazines and Product Packaging Most Likely Source of QR Code  —  QR Code Users Most Likely to Scan Code while at Home or Store  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
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 …
Staska / Unwired View:
Compal to start delivery of Windows Phones to Nokia in September. 2 million units ordered for Q4 2011  —  We already told you that first Nokia Windows Phones will be made by Taiwanese Compal.  Today we have some more info about them.  —  This has still to percolate to the English speaking part of the net …
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft claims Windows Phone 7.5 launch on September 1 is “just a rumor”
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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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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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Facebook strikes back at Google with its own game enhancements
Discussion: Mashable!, Facebook Blog and WinBeta
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Jeff Bezos wants to put an airbag in your smartphone  —  Many of us have experienced the problem: We get careless with our mobile phones, they slip out of our hands, and all of a sudden we're back at the store replacing a shattered device.  —  Well, none other than Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos …
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.
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Dell discontinues the 5 inch Streak tablet  —  Dell has stopped selling the Dell Streak 5 inch Android tablet/smartphone.  The original Streak launched last year as Dell's first Android product.  It blurred the lines between a tablet and a phone by pairing a reasonably large 5 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display with cellular capabilities.
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 …
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.
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google's Panda Update Launches Internationally in Most Languages  —  top news:  —  Google has just announced that their “Panda” rankings changes, first launched in the United States in late February and rolled out to English language indices internationally in April, have now launched internationally …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
U.S. Judge Slaps Around Brazilian Court In Zynga v. Vostu  —  Ah, litigation.  Nothing ever really gets done, but the lawyers get paid, and there's always drama.  The Vostu v. Zynga case exemplifies all of this.  And it just got weird to boot.  Today a U.S. judge just told a Brazilian court …
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, TUAW and GigaOM
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix tests new web UI for kids. First look
Discussion: The Consumerist and Pulse2
Reuters:
German court sets Samsung, Apple hearing for Aug 25
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Opinionaided secures $4.3M for real-time mobile Q&A
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
Discussion: Market Wire
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Image Search Boasts New Design, Galleries and Facebook Tab
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
When Startups Fail, Investors Recoup by Selling Patents
 Earlier Items: 
Electronista:
PC makers demand more Intel cash to build $999 ultrabooks
Discussion: PC World 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: THN : The Hacker News
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Nokia N9 gets axed in Germany, global tour looks even more meager
Discussion: SlashGear and PhoneArena
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Eye-Tracking Study Shows Users Perceive Google+ and Facebook Virtually Identically
Ryan Roslansky / The LinkedIn Blog:
Privacy, Advertising, and Putting Members First