August 28, 2013, 11:55 PM

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Android's Hugo Barra Departs Google for China's Xiaomi  —  One of Google's top Android executives is leaving the company.  —  Hugo Barra, whose official title is vice president of product management for Android, has been one of the more public faces of the mobile operating system …
Hugo Barra / Google+:
A new Android chapter  —  After nearly 5½ years at Google and almost 3 years as a member of the Android team — the most amazing group of people I've ever worked with in my life — I have decided to start a new career chapter.  In a few weeks, I'll be joining the Xiaomi team in China …
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: iMoreTweets: @mattbuchanan and @mattbuchanan
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.
David Beren / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Scheduling Employee Blackout Dates For September 20th-22nd?  —  I do love a good rumor and this one should make all you iPhone fans happy as I'm hearing whispers T-Mobile is planning blackout dates between September 20th and 22nd.  Like all good rumors, we should take this with the standard …
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.
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: AllThingsD, PC Magazine and GamasutraTweets: @eeenThanks:@grg
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon and Vodafone Rekindle Talks on $100 Billion-Plus Deal  —  With Rising Interest Rates and New Competition, the Companies Move Beyond Stalemate  —  Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC have rekindled talks about a buyout of the U.K. company's stake in their U.S. wireless joint venture …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
In historic vote, New Zealand bans software patents  —  A major new patent bill, passed in a 117-4 vote by New Zealand's Parliament after five years of debate, has banned software patents.  —  The relevant clause of the patent bill actually states that a computer program is “not an invention.”
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:
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Instapaper gets complete redesign after Betaworks purchase, new mobile apps soon  —  Instapaper is in the midsts of an overhaul.  After being purchased by Betaworks this past April, the first major changes to the read-it-later service since creator Marco Arment gave up control of the app are here.
Sam Sacks / RT:
Obama's NSA review board proving the cynics right  —  Sam Sacks is a political commentator and journalist, the last five years spent covering politics in Washington, DC.  —  When the US Congress wants to pretend to solve a problem, they create a “Gang of Six” or a “Gang of Eight.”
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.
David Kravets / Wired:
White House Copyright Czar Jumps to Industry Anti-Piracy Group  —  Victoria Espinel, the nation's copyright czar until two weeks ago, has been named president of an anti-piracy trade group that lobbies governments on behalf of the software industry.  —  Espinel resigned earlier this month …
More: Politico, RT, Techdirt and Hillicon ValleyTweets: @eldon
Greg Bensinger / Digits:
Amazon Asks Supreme Court to Decide Sales Tax Fight  — is taking a fight over sales tax in the state of New York to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Exactly why is a little unclear.  —  The online retailer on Friday filed documents to appeal the issue to the nation's highest court …

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