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This story was written by Joseph Tartakoff.

»  Big layoffs are not in fact imminent at AOL, says Kara Swisher, citing sources. [AllThingsD]

»  Netscape founder Marc Andreessen is backing RockMelt, which is reportedly building a Facebook-specific browser. No one is quite sure what exactly that means. [ReadWriteWeb]

»  FriendFeed backer Benchmark Capital is taking its proceeds from the startup’s sale to Facebook in “almost all equity.” [VentureBeat]

»  Video game sales fell for the fifth month in a row. Sales were down 29 percent in July, according to the NPD Group. [CNET]

»’s facial recognition service Riya is shutting down. [TechCrunch]

»  Gannett (NYSE: GCI) is partnering with history site to launch which “combines social networking with archival photos and original newspaper coverage of historical events.” [Gannett Digital Media Network]

»  This week’s Google-Microsoft shouting match: Google chief economist Hal Varian disputes Microsoft’s assertion that it needs scale in the search market to compete—a central premise for Microsoft’s partnership with Yahoo. [CNET]

»  Twitter plans changes to the way retweeting works on the microblog. [Twitter]

»  Video of the day: Microsoft has a viral advertising hit in a clip that shows a man flying into a pool. [CNET]

By Joseph Tartakoff

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