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5:06 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.
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 …
Discussion: The Business Insider and GigaOM
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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.
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 …
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: Gawker, Pulse2, @sg and @gmpolice
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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
Discussion: The Blog Herald and Telegraph
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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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.
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.
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
When Startups Fail, Investors Recoup by Selling Patents  —  We usually talk about software patents when big tech companies sue each other or start talking trash on their blogs.  I think we don't always realize how much the growth of software and business process patents has transformed …
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Nilay Patel / This is my next:
The patent system isn't broken — we are
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.
Bloomberg:
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.
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.
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) …
Electronista:
PC makers demand more Intel cash to build $999 ultrabooks  —  PC builders doubt they can match 11in Air on price  —  Some Windows PC notebook builders are calling for steep discounts from Intel as they don't think the promise of a $300 million ultrabook fund is enough, sources explained late Thursday.
Discussion: DigiTimes and SlashGear, Thanks:mattscobel
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
U.S. Anti-Piracy Police Kept Secret From The Public  —  Starting in a few months, the copyright police will start to track down ‘pirates’ as part of an agreement with all major U.S. Internet providers.  —  All parties agreed to warn copyright infringers that their behavior is unacceptable.
 
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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+, Google+ and ReadWriteWeb
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
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 and 9to5Mac
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Baio / Waxy.org:
Heello is Twitter for Pretending
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Does AOL's Huge Stock Decline Make It a Bargain Acquisition Target?
Discussion: Epicenter
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals Big Plans to Integrate Projectors into iOS Devices +