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4:30 AM ET, August 13, 2011

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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
S.F. subway muzzles cell service during protest  —  The operators of the Bay Area Rapid Transit subway system asked wireless providers to suspend service last night in four downtown San Francisco stations to interfere with a protest over a shooting by a BART Police officer, a spokesman for the system said today.
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Eve Batey / SF Appeal:
BART Defends Decision To Cut Off Cell Service After Civil Rights, FCC Concerns Raised  —  After rumors of a possible protest intended to disrupt service reached BART officials yesterday, they pursued a number of strategies to ensure that didn't happen.  One of those strategies …
Eva Galperin / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
BART Pulls a Mubarak in San Francisco  —  This week, EFF has seen censorship stories move closer and closer to home — first Iran, then the UK, and now San Francisco, an early locus of the modern free speech movement.  Operators of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) …
Discussion: Examiner
Sagar Kamdar / Inside Search:
The latest update to Google Social Search: Public Google+ Posts  —  Back in 2009, we launched Google Social Search, and we've made several improvements since then.  And earlier this year we made an update which let you get more information from people you're connected to on other publicly available sites.
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google+ Public Posts Coming To Google's Social Search Results  —  Google has added another source to its social search results: public posts from Google Plus.  —  Social search has been adding annotations to search results when content from your social connections (not to be confused …
Discussion: Google+
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Jonathan's Card: Starbucks Shuts Down Social Experiment Over Fraud Concerns  —  Jonathan Stark's community-giving Starbucks Card is no more.  At 7 p.m. PT Friday, Starbucks reluctantly pulled the plug on Stark's pay-it-forward social experiment following allegations of fraud or misuse.
Discussion: @jonathanscard and WebProNews
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Sam Odio / Sam Odio's blog:
How to use Jonathan's card to buy yourself an iPad
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:
Flickr is Dead  —  Poll:  —  Which one of these two albums looks better?  —  Flickr (the same view since 2004)  —  or  —  Google+ (with added infinite scrolling this week)  —  You know what?  It doesn't matter.  It's totally irrelevant.  The Google one looks far better, but that's so beside the point at this point.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
City of Cupertino posts further details on Apple mega-campus  —  The City of Cupertino has revealed more details regarding Apple's plans to build a 2.8 million square-foot spaceship-like circular office building in the city.  —  The city is currently in the midst of its review process of Apple's plans.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Study: Google+ winning over suburban parents, losing college kids and cafe dwellers  —  New data released by Experian Hitwise today gives a snapshot of the types of people who are adopting Google+, and also those abandoning it after giving it a try, based on the research firm's sample of users.
Mike Isaac / Gadget Lab:
Google Steps Up to Defend Android Developers From Patent Lawsuit  —  Google has intervened in an ongoing intellectual property dispute between smartphone application developers and a patent-holding firm, Wired.com has learned, marking the Mountain View company's first public move …
Discussion: FOSS Patents and The Next Web, Thanks:mj_isaac
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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Firefox 8 to block unapproved add-ons  —  Puts an end to sneaky add-ons installed by other software  —  Computerworld - Starting with Firefox 8, Mozilla will automatically block browser add-ons installed by other software until users approve them, a company product manager announced yesterday.
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 …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple will not hold iPhone 5 event on Sept. 7  —  Reports began to surface yesterday that Apple would hold a special event on September 7 to launch the new iPhone, but that's not happening.  —  According to my sources, Apple will not have an event or launch the next iPhone on September 7.
BERNAMA:
South Korean Government Pushes To Phase Out Online Real-Name Policy  —  In the wake of the country's worst online security breach that compromised the personal information of over two-thirds of the population, the home affairs ministry said Thursday it will push to repeal in phases the online real-name verification rules.
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” …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
New Patents Surface for an iPhone Antenna Clip, Solar Energy and a new Oil Resistant Coating for iOS Devices  —  A number of interesting Apple patent applications surfaced at the US Patent & Trademark Office yesterday.  This report will cover three of them.
Zach Epstein / maramine blog:
The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled Was... Disclaimer: The Devil Doesn't Pull Tricks  —  It looks like Facebook is finally winning a PR battle.  Good for them.  —  Earlier this week, it was brought to light (again) that Facebook uses several of its smartphone apps to take all of your contacts and store them on its server.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Quietly Updates Platform Policies - Developers, No Linking To Competitors!  —  Facebook made some noteworthy changes to its Platform policies on the 27th of July 2011, adding a couple of new terms developers need to take into account when building apps for the Facebook Platform.
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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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Patent Holders Trying To Drag 3rd Parties Into Patent Disputes
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Videos Brings Movie Rentals to Android Phones
David Streitfeld / Bits:
Amazon Cracks Down on Some E-Book ‘Publishers’
Discussion: Betabeat, mocoNews, TeleRead and Ubergizmo
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Björk's “App Album” Shows The Way For Musicians
Discussion: TUAW, App Advice and ringtonia.com
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Demand Media's RSS Graffiti Buy Is Good News for a Demand Media Executive
Discussion: @pkafka and The Domains
Adam Zeis / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Sprint cancels plans to sell 4G BlackBerry PlayBook
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Clever Girl: Facebook Lets You Export Friends' Email Addresses, But Makes It Opt-In
 Earlier Items: 
Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW:
Report: Apple A6 production has begun
Scott Hanselman:
Welcome to the Cloud - “Your Apple ID has been disabled.”
Discussion: parislemon and Daring Fireball, Thanks:tomwarren
Reuters:
German court sets Samsung, Apple hearing for Aug 25
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
What If Tim Berners-Lee Had Patented The Web?
Discussion: Against Monopoly and Slashdot