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9:35 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.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Google's Google+ Adds Games, But Wants Data in Return
Discussion: SlashGear
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 …
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 …
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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Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Acer Iconia Tab A100 review  —  It's been nine months — nine months! — since Acer first announced it was getting into the tablet game, with a promise of both 7- and 10-inch slates.  Well, the 10-inch Iconia Tab A500 has been on the scene for months, but until now we've been tapping …
Discussion: The Toybox Blog and Electronista
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Mango landing 1 September
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Maboot.com, Thanks:mrseb
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.
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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.
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.
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
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) …
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 and Gawker
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Blaming the tools: Britain proposes a social-media ban
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Box.net Bets On HTML5 For New Mobile Site; Launches PlayBook And Android Tablet Apps  —  Box.net'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 …
 
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Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Aussie startup recruits Google Maps inventor
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Opinionaided secures $4.3M for real-time mobile Q&A
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 SlashGear, 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: Schneier on Security
LAUNCH:
Google+ Giving Four Days' Grace Period to Potential Name Policy Violators
Discussion: Google+, ReadWriteWeb, Google+ and SlashGear
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Rumor: Low-cost ‘iCloud iPhone’ to accompany iPhone 5
 Earlier Items: 
Alan Eustace / Google New Zealand Blog:
Privacy Impact Assessment for Street View in New Zealand
Discussion: Softpedia News
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
Andy Baio / Waxy.org:
Heello is Twitter for Pretending