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11:55 PM ET, August 11, 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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Wastes No Time Putting Games On Google+: Angry Birds, Bejeweled, Zynga On Board  —  For all the hype it has gotten and all the users it has gained, it's easy to forget that Google+ has only been out for a month and a half.  But they're moving fast to ensure they don't flop again in the social space.
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 …
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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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, @gmpolice, @sg and Electronista
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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: Telegraph and BBC
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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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.
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.
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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals Big Plans to Integrate Projectors into iOS Devices +  —  On August 11, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a grand patent application from Apple that reveals their plans of integrating mini or pico-like projectors into future iOS devices while introducing a likely projector accessory for MacBooks.
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Rumor: Low-cost ‘iCloud iPhone’ to accompany iPhone 5  —  Using iPhone 4 parts and less memory, Apple might bring the subsidized cost to $0.00  —  There's been much speculation over the past year about the possibility of Apple (AAPL) shipping a lower-cost phone to compete in markets …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile to Start Charging Overages on Low-End Data Plan  —  T-Mobile pioneered the notion of throttling data speeds rather than charging overages for those who use up their allotted data amount in a given month.  Now the company has decided it needs to start assessing overage charges on its lowest-end data plan.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Focused on Advancing iOS Metaphors to a Higher Level  —  On August 11, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the possible next chapters for Apple's iOS.  Apple's patent application focuses on advancing iOS metaphors to a higher level.
Discussion: TechCrunch and 9to5Mac
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
The patent system isn't broken — we are  —  There is a fundamental problem with patents in the United States.  —  It is us.  —  By that I mean all of us: the companies and people who directly interact with the patent system, the media that reports on those interactions …
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:
AT&T ready to sell $8b in networks to clear T-Mobile deal  —  ATT hires banks to sell 8b of assets for merger  —  AT&T is anticipating that it might have to sell as much as $8 billion or more of its network to get regulatory approval for its buyout of T-Mobile, sources said Thursday night.
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Survey Says Facebook API Has Most Headaches and Horror Stories  —  A survey of API experiences raised some of the largest problems developers encounter, including which companies cause them.  The Facebook API was mentioned far and away more than any other in long-form answers to questions about headaches …
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.
 
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Google+ Giving Four Days' Grace Period to Potential Name Policy Violators
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Google+ and Google+
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
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Nvidia's future is looking rosy, thanks to mobile chip sales
Discussion: CNET News and Tech Trader Daily
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
University of Wisconsin hacked: 75,000 social security numbers, student names exposed
Discussion: JSOnline
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Hulu Bids Expected Next Week
Economist:
Slicing an Apple
Discussion: InfoWorld and MacDailyNews
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Digitally Fatigued, Networkers Try New Sites, but Strategize to Avoid Burnout
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Silicon Valley's Undertaker: 'We're Anticipating a Major Fallout'
Discussion: Epicenter