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August 18, 2012, 11:40 PM

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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Apple responds to iPhone text message spoofing, reminds us how secure iMessage is  —  If you're a frequent texter, and the iPhone is your weapon of choice, there's a good chance you've been a wee bit concerned since yesterday's report that the device is vulnerable to a certain SMS spoofing attack.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
And Now Facebook's Bankers Are Divvying Up The $100 Million They Made Shorting Facebook's Stock  —  Boy it doesn't suck to be a banker.  —  Every time I forget how much it doesn't suck, I'm reminded of some other magical cash-printing tool I had forgotten about that allows Wall Street to coin money no matter what.
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.
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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.
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.
Alex Rampell / TechCrunch:
Payment Data Is More Valuable Than Payment Fees  —  We are in the midst of a great revolution in the payments space: anyone with a phone can now accept credit cards; online-to-offline commerce is allowing online payment for offline purchase and significant friction is being removed from the consumer purchase experience thanks to mobile.
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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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Video Exclusive: Here's Groupon's Andrew Mason Talking About Daily Deals Site's Stock Smack, Future Plans and IPO Regrets (Or Lack Thereof)  —  It's not well known, but last year, before it went public, Groupon almost didn't.  —  With pressure from former board member Howard Schultz …
David Kravets / Wired:
Judge Rejects Facebook ‘Sponsored Stories’ Lawsuit Settlement  —  A federal judge, ruling late Friday said he had “serious concerns,” and rejected a Facebook privacy settlement concerning the social networking site's “Sponsored Stories” advertising program.  —  U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg …
Klint Finley / Wired:
NASA Pulls Off 160-Million-Mile Software Patch  —  If you think it's tough to keep your computer or smartphone's software updated, try keeping a space robot updated from about 160 million miles away.  —  Last Tuesday the team at NASA's Mars Science Laboratory finished what amounted …

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