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August 18, 2012, 4:45 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.
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.
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.
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: Ars TechnicaTweets: @mat
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Exclusive: HP creates Mobility division to focus on consumer tablets, hires Nokia's ex-MeeGo boss Alberto Torres to run it  —  We've just been tipped to a memo circulated internally by HP's Todd Bradley — who runs the company's recently-merged Printing and Personal Systems Group …
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 …
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
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.
John Bohannon / ScienceNOW:
DNA: The Ultimate Hard Drive  —  When it comes to storing information, hard drives don't hold a candle to DNA.  Our genetic code packs billions of gigabytes into a single gram.  A mere milligram of the molecule could encode the complete text of every book in the Library of Congress and have plenty of room to spare.

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