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8:25 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 …
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.
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 …
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Google's Google+ Adds Games, But Wants Data in Return
Discussion: SlashGear
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 …
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 …
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.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:   Acer Iconia Tab A100 review
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Facebook strikes back at Google with its own game enhancements  —  Fighting back against Google's new social game platform, Facebook announced its own game announcements today.  The enhancements are part of a larger set of improvements for Facebook users.  —  The social networking giant …
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 …
Brian Norgard / Chill:
Response to Mark Zuckerberg  —  Yesterday, we quietly released—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 …
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:   Even Mark Zuckerberg Gets Annoyed With Spammy Facebook Apps, Does Not Think Dave Morin is ‘Chill’
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.
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.
Discussion: Pulse2, Gawker, @sg and @gmpolice
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
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.
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.
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.
Adam Rawnsley / Danger Room:
Chinese Army Targets iPhone, iPad With Propaganda App  —  The U.S. isn't the only military with designs on invading the smartphone world.  China's armed forces are starting to fill the app gap with a new iPhone program from the People's Liberation Army.  —  China's Ministry of Defense announced Monday …
Discussion: TechEye
Leena Rao / TechCrunch: Bets On HTML5 For New Mobile Site; Launches PlayBook And Android Tablet Apps  —'s CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie has been open about his belief that mobile is a key pillar to the cloud storage company's future.  The company already offers native apps for a number of platforms …
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.
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 …
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.
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) …
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.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Image Search Boasts New Design, Galleries and Facebook Tab  —  Today, we are unveiling a brand new design for the Yahoo! Image Search results page - one that provides you with a completely immersive and engaging image browsing experience.  —  The new search results page sports a neatly tiled look …
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Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
U.S. Anti-Piracy Police Kept Secret From The Public
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Security Flaws in Feds' Radios Make for Easy Eavesdropping
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Google+ Giving Four Days' Grace Period to Potential Name Policy Violators
Discussion: Google+, Google+, ReadWriteWeb and SlashGear
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Rumor: Low-cost ‘iCloud iPhone’ to accompany iPhone 5
Alan Eustace / Google New Zealand Blog:
Privacy Impact Assessment for Street View in New Zealand
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Eye-Tracking Study Shows Users Perceive Google+ and Facebook Virtually Identically
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