August 28, 2013, 7:25 PM

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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Google+ Hangouts goes HD as it switches from H.264 to VP8.  Next up, WebRTC.  —  Noticed any differences when using Google's Hangouts video chat lately?  If you did, then you may be one of the lucky users who has already received an upgrade to 720p HD video.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter Reverses The Flow Of Its Timeline In Effort To Humanize It For Newbies  —  Twitter just flipped the format of its timeline with a new conversation view.  The full timeline will still show in the traditional ‘newest stuff at the top’ view, but now there are linked conversations …
More: iMore
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Twitter rolling out new conversations UI for Web, iPhone and Android  —  Twitter has revamped the way it displays conversations on the Web, iPhone and Android by adding a vertical line to indicate the tweets are connected and displaying the first tweet in a discussion above the latest reply.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Acquires Social TV Tracker Trendrr  —  Twitter has acquired Trendrr, a social tracking TV service that until today competed with Twitter's own in-house analytics products.  —  After Wednesday's acquisition, the three dominant, stand-alone players in the social TV chatter space are gone.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin and 23andMe Co-Founder Anne Wojcicki Have Split  —  Brin and Wojcicki on Gavin Newsom's interview show in 2012.  —  Google co-founder Sergey Brin and 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki, one of Silicon Valley's most high-profile couples, are living apart.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Debunk: September iPads, gold iPhone scratch tests, Apple products in Iran, more  —  This morning, news is circulating regarding claims of a September iPad launch, gold iPhone 5S scratch tests, Apple products being allowed to be imported into Iran, and Apple potentially disrupting the way that mobile carriers work.
Facebook Sees Big Gains in Global Mobile Ad Market Share  —  Google to take home half of $16.65 billion worldwide mobile ad market  —  Facebook's continued emphasis on mobile monetization, along with its users' ongoing shift toward mobile devices, is resulting in dramatic gains in mobile ad market share …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple Acquires Swedish Firm AlgoTrim, A Company That Does Mobile Media And Data Compression  —  Apple has acquired AlgoTrim, a Swedish startup that builds codecs and designs solutions that maximize performance of data, mobile imaging, video and computer graphics while minimizing memory requirements …
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
HTC Develops China-Focused Mobile Operating System  —  Taiwanese Handset Maker Works With China in Bid to Revive Sales  —  TAIPEI—HTC Corp. is developing a mobile software system specifically for Chinese consumers, people familiar with the project say, as part of a big China bet …
Paresh Dave / Los Angeles Times:
New York Times outage traced to phishing email to Melbourne IT partner  —  Melbourne IT, an Australian firm that allows website owners to buy addresses such as, said the downtime suffered by the New York Times website Tuesday began when hackers gained access to the user name …
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Michael McWhertor / Polygon:
Nintendo 2DS coming this Oct. for $129.99, plays 3DS games in 2D  —  Nintendo is releasing a new version of its Nintendo 3DS hardware that's playable only in 2D.  It's called the Nintendo 2DS and will be available in North America on Oct. 12 for $129.99.  —  Nintendo 2DS plays the entire library …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Unity Game Engine To Get Official 2D Game Support And A Built-In Ad Solution  —  Unity, the increasingly popular “build once, run anywhere” 3D game engine, is going 2D.  —  At the company's UNITE conference in Vancouver this morning, CEO David Helgason announced three things …
More: 9to5Mac, PC Magazine, AllThingsD and GamasutraTweets: @eeenThanks:@grg
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Grooveshark Signs With Sony, Steps Over that Wavy ‘Piracy’ Line  —  What's the difference between YouTube and Grooveshark?  —  That's not the start of some terrible geek in-joke but a question that Grooveshark founder Sam Tarantino has always been happy to answer, and for good reason.
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon, Vodafone Rekindle Talks Over Verizon Wireless Stake  —  Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC have rekindled talks over a buyout of the U.K. company's stake in their U.S. wireless joint venture, people familiar with the matter said, an acquisition that would likely cost Verizon well over $100 billion.
More: The VergeTweets: @dkberman
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tightens Grip on Telecom  —  The U.S. government has used the merger-approval process to increase its influence over the telecom industry, bringing more companies under its oversight and gaining a say over activities as fundamental as equipment purchases.
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
Copy Protection for 3-D Printing Aims to Prevent a Piracy Plague  —  Streaming designs to 3-D printers like Netflix does movies could prevent unauthorized copying.  —  WHY IT MATTERS  —  The surge of companies springing up around 3-D printing could be slowed if digital designs are commonly copied without permission.

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