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12:50 PM ET, August 13, 2011

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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.
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: CNET News and 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 …
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
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) …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
S.F. subway muzzles cell service during protest
Eve Batey / SF Appeal:
BART Defends Decision To Cut Off Cell Service After Civil Rights, FCC Concerns Raised
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.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Brings The Sign In Button To The Browser Level  —  If you're on a website that uses accounts, the sign in button can be anywhere.  Sure, there are some common best practices, but I can think of dozens of sites that put them all over the place.  Mozilla is looking to fix that, by bringing the sign in to the browser level.
Discussion: Identity at Mozilla
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+
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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, TechCrunch and Gizmodo
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 …
 
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Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Roku grabs $8M, weeks after releasing Roku 2
Discussion: GigaOM
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Patent Holders Trying To Drag 3rd Parties Into Patent Disputes
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Videos Brings Movie Rentals to Android Phones
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Quietly Updates Platform Policies - Developers, No Linking To Competitors!
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple will not hold iPhone 5 event on Sept. 7
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: @briannorgard