August 19, 2012, 11:10 AM

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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.
John Markoff / New York Times:
New Wave of Adept Robots Is Changing Global Industry  —  DRACHTEN, the Netherlands — At the Philips Electronics factory on the coast of China, hundreds of workers use their hands and specialized tools to assemble electric shavers.  That is the old way.  —  At a sister factory …
More: VentureBeatTweets: @benioff
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.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
A rare look inside Facebook's Oregon data center [photos, video]  —  Follow along our tour as we take you on a rare journey through Facebook's first data center in Prineville Oregon, which houses its Open Compute servers.  We'll bring you along the air flow route, and down into the secret server room:
More: Wired
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Motorola's Patent Lawsuit Against Apple Goes After Siri, Location Reminders, Email Notifications & More  —  On Friday, Google's Motorola Mobility unit filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Thoughts On Apple's Latest TV Efforts  —  Earlier this week, a few reports emerged about Apple's upcoming plans to disrupt the TV market.  The first mentioned that Apple was trying to work with cable providers on finding new ways to distribute TV through its hardware, rather than trying to license content itself.
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.
Tweets: @cdixon
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.
Trevor Mogg / Digital Trends:
‘Double’ transforms your iPad into a $1999 telepresence robot  —  California-based Double Robotics has come up with a piece of kit, called Double, that turns your iPad into a telepresence robot.  Cost?  $1,999.  —  Imagine you're at your company, seated at your desk …

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