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9:10 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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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) …
Eve Batey / SF Appeal:
BART Defends Decision To Cut Off Cell Service After Civil Rights, FCC Concerns Raised
Nick Pinto / Runnin' Scared:
Your Phone Numbers and Facebook: What You Should Actually Worry About  —  ​If you're on Facebook, you've likely seen the panicky message that's been circulating, warning that the social networking behemoth has started publishing all your phone contacts for everybody to see:
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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.
Discussion: App Advice, Gizmodo, BGR, TiPb and InfoWorld
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: The Next Web, Thanks:mj_isaac
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google's reexamination requests against two Lodsys patents don't stand on their own  —  Wired.com just reported that Google filed reexamination requests with the USPTO late on Friday, seeking the invalidation (or at least narrowing) two of Lodsys's four patents: the '078 patent and the '565 patent …
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+
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.
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
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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.
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
UK riots: teenager charged with BlackBerry incitement  —  A teenager from Essex has been charged with using the instant messaging service BlackBerry Messenger to encourage others to take part in riots.  —  The 18-year-old, from Clacton, was accused of intentionally encouraging or assisting …
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.
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.
Rich Jaroslovsky / Bloomberg:
Hacker Mitnick Duped Corporate Cyber-Cops, Cracked Wiretaps  —  Genius comes in many forms.  Kevin Mitnick has at least two, neither particularly admirable.  —  As he portrays himself in “Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker,” Mitnick possesses a rare ability to penetrate sophisticated computer systems.
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.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
David Streitfeld / Bits:
Amazon Cracks Down on Some E-Book ‘Publishers’  —  Amazon makes it extremely easy to take a bunch of words and publish them as a book for the Kindle e-reader.  And longtime professional writers like Edward Jay Epstein, the author of books on Hollywood, diamonds and the assassination of John F. Kennedy Jr. …
Discussion: mocoNews, TeleRead, Ubergizmo and Betabeat
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.
 
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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
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
 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
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Jeff Bezos wants to put an airbag in your smartphone
comScore, Inc.:
14 Million Americans Scanned QR or Bar Codes on their Mobile Phones in June 2011