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11:15 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 …
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 …
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.
Wired:
The Web Is Dead.  Long Live the Internet  —  Sources: Cisco estimates based on CAIDA publications, Andrew Odlyzko  —  Two decades after its birth, the World Wide Web is in decline, as simpler, sleeker services — think apps — are less about the searching and more about the getting.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gizmodo
Zephoria / danah boyd:
a few thoughts on name changes & reputation  —  I've changed my name twice.  First, I took my (now ex) stepfather's last name when I was a child.  At 18, I started the process to take my maternal grandfather's name to honor him and to create an identity that meant something to me.
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire and MarketingVOX, Thanks:rawmeet
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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$1 million.
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english.caing.com:
China Unicom Clinches iPad Deal  —  A source from China Unicom said that the company has finalized an agreement to be the sole distributor of Apple's iPad in China  —  China Unicom, the exclusive provider of Apple's iPhone in China, has won the right to sell the iPad in the world's largest mobile market.
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Bryan Gardiner / Gizmodo:
The Secret Histories of Those @#$%ing Computer Symbols  —  They are road signs for your daily rituals-the instantly recognized symbols and icons you press, click, and ogle countless times a day when you interact with your computer.  But how much do you know about their origins?  —  Power
Gmail Blog:
Google Calendar Sync now supports Outlook 2010  —  Making sure that your calendar is available to you whenever and wherever you need it is important.  That's why Google Calendar works with a number of desktop applications and mobile devices including iCal, iPhone and iPad, Blackberry, Android, Nokia/Symbian, and Windows Mobile phones.
Discussion: The Next Web
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines Blog:
Flash on Google TV: It's no longer just a “TV” experience  —  There was another sneak peek of Google TV this week but this time, it wasn't the search experience that was the star of the show.  —  At the Android Flash Summit at Adobe's headquarters in San Francisco, the company showcased …
Discussion: Computerworld and MediaPost
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.
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Video site Vimeo uses HTML5 to get more iPhone friendly  —  Video sharing site Vimeo says it's going to be the latest video company using the new HTML5 format as its path onto mobile devices.  The site plans to release a “Universal Player” later today that will detect your smartphone browser …
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
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
The Handy Android Fanboy Detector  —  If you are unfamiliar with the term, read my friend Harry's article for a great piece on “the fanboy”.  Now, onto the piece - which I anticipate bringing me tons of annoyed Android folks (much like my tablet rant did last year).
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 …
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
 
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