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August 18, 2012, 8:35 AM

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Confirmed: OnLive's assets sold to another company  —  This report was filed on the scene, from OnLive headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.  —  In the face of a myriad of rumors and conflicting reports this morning, the pioneering cloud gaming service OnLive confirmed today that its assets have been sold to a new, still unnamed company.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
OnLive's new mystery owner is reportedly a single person, and other revelatory rumors  —  What's really going on at OnLive, the streaming game company that reportedly laid off its entire staff today?  The official word is that the entire firm's assets were acquired by a “newly-formed company” …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Google's Motorola Files New Case Against Apple At ITC  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Motorola Mobility unit said it filed a new patent-infringement claim today against Apple Inc. (AAPL) that could result in a ban on U.S. imports of devices including the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Files New Patent Lawsuit Against Apple, Seeks To Block iPhone, iPad & Mac Imports To U.S.  —  According to Bloomberg, Google's Motorola unit just filed a new patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington.
More: Gizmodo
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Twitter Just Pushed Developers Aside: To Secure Its Future  —  Twitter's long-awaited crackdown on outside apps could prove to be one of the boldest and most controversial moves in its history.  But if you consider Twitter's position, it's actually reasonable.  And it could play an important role in Twitter's survival.
Paul Haddad / Tapbots:
DON'T PANIC  —  There's been a lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt generated by Twitter's latest announcement.  I wanted to let everyone know that the world isn't ending, Tweetbot for Mac is coming out soon, Tweetbot for iOS isn't going anywhere.  So sit down, grab a towel and let's go over some of these API changes.
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Not All Developers Hate Twitter's New API Rules  —  The dust is still settling on yesterday's news that Twitter is prepping a new API for release in the near future.  And while many developers immediately slammed Twitter's new rules, not everyone is angry about the changes.
More: AllTwitter and BuzzFeedThanks:@mattmcgee
Brad Reed / BGR:
Facebook shares clobbered again, down 50% from IPO  —  Sad but true: Investing your life savings in Facebook's (FB) IPO shares is now only half as bad of an investment as sending your bank account number to the deposed prince of Nigeria.  Facebook shares once again got hammered on Friday …
Mat Honan / Wired:
How I Resurrected My Digital Life After an Epic Hacking  —  The team at DriveSavers who recovered data from a wiped MacBook Air laptop.  From the left, John Christopher, Phillip Reynolds, Ron Powell, Angel Ortiz, and Joseph Novoa.  Not pictured: Phil Baca.  —  When my data died, it was the cloud that killed it.
More: Forbes and Ars TechnicaTweets: @mat
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
AT&T only allowing FaceTime over cellular on Mobile Share plans, no extra charge  —  AT&T has cleared the air this afternoon on its policies for FaceTime over cellular, saying that a Mobile Share plan will be required to use it — but it won't incur an extra charge apart from normal data usage.
Pamela Parker / Marketing Land:
Google Changes Smallest, But All-Pervasive, Element Of Brand Identity - The Favicon  —  It's such a small thing — only 16 pixels by 16 pixels — but, when folks are browsing along day-to-day, the favicon is how they find the browser tab that has Google.com open, or the favorite link to Google.
Tweets: @adnysThanks:@matthoffnerd
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
PayPal could heat up mobile payments race if McDonald's test pays off  —  (Reuters) - PayPal is in the early stages of what may be a blockbuster mobile payments deal with McDonald's Corp, the world's biggest hamburger chain.  —  McDonald's is testing a mobile payments service featuring PayPal at 30 of its restaurants in France.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Mystery malware wreaks havoc on energy sector computers  —  Malware researchers have uncovered an attack targeting an organization in the energy industry that attempts to wreak havoc by permanently wiping data from an infected computer's hard drive and rendering the machine unusable.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Motorola schedules press event for September 5th, dubs it the 'day's main event'  —  September 5th is going to be a pretty busy day, by the looks of it.  While we'll likely get to see a few Windows Phone 8 devices in Nokia's Lumia lineup in the morning, Motorola has scheduled a Save the Date for the afternoon.
pod2g / pod2g's iOS blog:
Never trust SMS: iOS text spoofing  —  I mentioned it on twitter a few days ago, I found a flaw in iOS that I consider to be severe, while it does not involve code execution.  I am pretty confident that other security researchers already know about this hole, and I fear some pirates as well.

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Microsoft:
FansChoice.tv and Ooyala choose Microsoft to help them deliver content to anyone, on any device  —  On Monday at the 2014 NAB Show exhibition, Microsoft is showing the latest technology innovations for the broadcast media industry.
Atlassian:
5 Steps to launching a thriving Q&A Community  —  Imagine having a self-governing community of engaged employees answering each others' questions, solving problems, and sharing new ideas!
Zoho Blogs:
Intuit lobbies against small businesses  —  With tax day behind us, small businesses across the country can finally move on to enjoying the warmth of spring.  Unfortunately, the tax system has grown increasingly complex and burdensome for small businesses.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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