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5:05 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.
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.”
Discussion: comScore Voices and Softpedia News
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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 …
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.
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: Switched, Gizmodo, PSFK and Boing Boing
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 …
Bloomberg:
Indicted Apple Manager Was Paid for Consulting, Cresyn Says  —  Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) — Cresyn Co., a maker of earphones for Apple Inc. iPods, said it paid a manager of the U.S. company, who was indicted by a U.S. grand jury, for market consulting services.  —  “It was our understanding …
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Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Ex-Apple manager pleads not guilty
Discussion: Financial Times
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.
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 …
Graham Cluley / Sophos:
Facebook Dislike button scam spreads virally  —  Have you seen a message like this on Facebook?  —  If so, don't click on the link.  —  It's the latest survey scam spreading virally across Facebook, using the tried-and-tested formula used in the past by other viral scams including …
StreetInsider.com:
Goldman Sachs Calls RIM's (RIMM) BlackBerry Torch Launch “Underwhelming”  —  Goldman Sachs commented on Research In Motion Ltd. (Nasdaq: RIMM) following the August 12th launch of the new BlackBerry Torch.  They firm called the launch “underwhelming.”  —  The firm noted that nearly …
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 …
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: AppleInsider
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 …
Discussion: Gawker
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
ComScore: Here's How We're Going To Weed Out Bogus Searches From Our Stats Now That Everyone Is Gaming The System  —  ComScore's search market share stats have been affected more in recent months by the major search engines' attempts to game them.  —  Yahoo and Microsoft Bing, for instance …
Bruce Vielmetti / JSOnline:
Geek Squad owners send cease-and-desist letter to God Squad  —  Luke Strand (center) and his classmates at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in St. Francis pose with the God Squad car in 2008.  According to the Three Holy Women parish bulletin where the photo appears, the people in the photo are …
JR Raphael / JR Raphael's blog:
It's time for the baked-in Android UI to die  —  Listen up, Android manufacturers: The time has come for your built-in Android user interface to go away.  Call it Motoblur, call it Sense, call it whatever you want — as long as it's coming preinstalled on Android phones, it's officially overstayed its welcome.
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.
Bloomberg:
RIM Said to Give India BlackBerry Access; Shares Fall  —  Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd. will give India access to its BlackBerry messenger service beginning Sept. 1 to address security concerns, two government officials said in New Delhi today.  The stock fell the most in a month.
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.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Verizon trial of fiber-optic network reaches nearly 1Gbit/sec.  —  Google also wants 1Gbit/sec. to the home via fiber  —  Computerworld - Verizon today said a fiber-optic field trial it conducted in June for a business customer in Taunton, Mass., delivered near gigabit-per-second speeds.
 
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Tim Wayne / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Government Uses Social Networking Sites for More than Investigations
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Adobe AIR coming to Android in Q4 2010
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Google Is From Mars and Facebook Is From Venus
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 Earlier Items: 
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Your Brain on Computers: Studying the Brain Off the Grid, Professors Find Clarity
Discussion: Rough Type and Stowe Boyd
Boy Genius Report:
Motorola DROID Pro, World Edition and Tablet all found in Verizon Wireless systems
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Foursquare's Future Slowly Takes Shape
Discussion: New York Times and Screenwerk, Thanks:mathewi
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Rumored $99 iTV Could Pave Way for $2,000 Apple-Connected Television