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3:00 PM ET, August 12, 2011

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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 …
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple will not hold iPhone 5 event on Sept. 7
Discussion: MacRumors and The Next Web
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
How browsers make money, or why Google needs Firefox  —  Whenever we write a glowing story about Firefox or Mozilla, the ExtremeTech postbag has a tendency to fill up with letters and missives from concerned readers who are worried about Mozilla's close ties with Google.
Thanks:mrseb
comScore, Inc.:
14 Million Americans Scanned QR or Bar Codes on their Mobile Phones in June 2011  —  Newspapers/Magazines and Product Packaging Most Likely Source of QR Code  —  QR Code Users Most Likely to Scan Code while at Home or Store  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Jeff Bezos wants to put an airbag in your smartphone  —  Many of us have experienced the problem: We get careless with our mobile phones, they slip out of our hands, and all of a sudden we're back at the store replacing a shattered device.  —  Well, none other than Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos …
Staska / Unwired View:
Compal to start delivery of Windows Phones to Nokia in September. 2 million units ordered for Q4 2011  —  We already told you that first Nokia Windows Phones will be made by Taiwanese Compal.  Today we have some more info about them.  —  This has still to percolate to the English speaking part of the net …
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft claims Windows Phone 7.5 launch on September 1 is “just a rumor”
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.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Android steals 20% of tablet market from iPad over past year  —  Android-powered tablets have taken 20% of the global tablet market from Apple's iPad over the past 12 months according to new data from ABI Research.  While Android tablets have collectively managed to make a sizable dent …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix tests new web UI for kids.  First look  —  Netflix has started to test a separate section for children's content on its website with a UI that is optimized to be used by kids themselves.  Select Netflix members have been getting a new tab labeled “Just For Kids” …
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Consumerist and Pulse2
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 …
Discussion: Mashable! and The New York Observer, Thanks:briannorgard
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Chill, Yes THAT Chill, Is A Turntable.fm For Videos
Discussion: VentureBeat and @briannorgard
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 …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Facebook strikes back at Google with its own game enhancements
Discussion: Mashable!, Facebook Blog and WinBeta
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 …
Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Aussie startup recruits Google Maps inventor  —  THE lightbulb moment for Rebekah Campbell came as she was confronting the awful, imminent prospect of failure.  —  Tickets to a gig she was promoting were not selling and the band, Evermore, was facing the ignominy of playing before a near-empty house.
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 …
Discussion: Against Monopoly
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Google's Google+ Adds Games, But Wants Data in Return  —  Google has added twelve games to Google+, including the ubiquitous Angry Birds and Zynga Poker, as a new Google+ Games service.  —  However, to play them, users need to give permission to the app to view a variety of personal information …
Discussion: All Facebook, GMSV and The Consumerist
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David Glazer / Google+ Platform Blog:
Stepping Onto the Google+ Platform
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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Electronista:
AT&T ready to sell $8b in networks to clear T-Mobile deal
Scott Hanselman:
Welcome to the Cloud - “Your Apple ID has been disabled.”  —  Hello Hacker News and TechMeme.  OK, let's make this a movement.  Tell me your stories: http://myappleidhasbeendisabled.tumblr. com  —  So Apple is America's most valuable company.  They are, like everyone else, betting the company on the cloud.
Thanks:tomwarren
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.
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Dell discontinues the 5 inch Streak tablet  —  Dell has stopped selling the Dell Streak 5 inch Android tablet/smartphone.  The original Streak launched last year as Dell's first Android product.  It blurred the lines between a tablet and a phone by pairing a reasonably large 5 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display with cellular capabilities.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial: Android Grabs 53 Percent Of Ad Impressions In Q2; iOS Takes 27 Percent Share  —  The largest remaining independent mobile ad network Millennial Media has released its 50th report today, and to commemorate this, revealed a number of statistics comparing the growth of manufacturers and OS over the past few years.
Discussion: AllThingsD, Fortune, TUAW and GigaOM
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
U.S. Judge Slaps Around Brazilian Court In Zynga v. Vostu  —  Ah, litigation.  Nothing ever really gets done, but the lawyers get paid, and there's always drama.  The Vostu v. Zynga case exemplifies all of this.  And it just got weird to boot.  Today a U.S. judge just told a Brazilian court …
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google's Panda Update Launches Internationally in Most Languages  —  top news:  —  Google has just announced that their “Panda” rankings changes, first launched in the United States in late February and rolled out to English language indices internationally in April, have now launched internationally …
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Clever Girl: Facebook Lets You Export Friends' Email Addresses, But Makes It Opt-In
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW:
Report: Apple A6 production has begun
Reuters:
German court sets Samsung, Apple hearing for Aug 25
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Opinionaided secures $4.3M for real-time mobile Q&A
Adam Rawnsley / Danger Room:
Chinese Army Targets iPhone, iPad With Propaganda App
Discussion: TechEye
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Box.net Bets On HTML5 For New Mobile Site; Launches PlayBook And Android Tablet Apps
Discussion: Market Wire
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Image Search Boasts New Design, Galleries and Facebook Tab
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
When Startups Fail, Investors Recoup by Selling Patents
Electronista:
PC makers demand more Intel cash to build $999 ultrabooks
Discussion: DigiTimes and PC World, Thanks:mattscobel
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
U.S. Anti-Piracy Police Kept Secret From The Public
Discussion: DSLreports
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Security Flaws in Feds' Radios Make for Easy Eavesdropping
Discussion: THN : The Hacker News
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Nokia N9 gets axed in Germany, global tour looks even more meager
Discussion: SlashGear and PhoneArena
Michael Martina / Reuters:
Chinese authorities find 22 more fake Apple stores