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9:15 PM ET, October 24, 2010


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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Facebook to Raise Series E Funding with Apple as Investor [RUMOR]  —  Update: Facebook has called our tipster's claims inaccurate, denying both the coming Series E round and the claim that Apple will be an investor.  —  Is Mark Zuckerberg about to friend Steve Jobs?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Velocity, Thanks:nathanielmc
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:
UberCab Ordered to Cease And Desist  —  Did Ubercab just crash and burn?  Taxi and limo industry insiders in California today informed TechCrunch that the San Francisco Metro Transit Authority & the Public Utilities Commission of California have ordered the startup to cease and desist.
Discussion: The Digital Letter
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
UberCab Cease & Desist Means One Thing: They're Onto Something  —  Like most people in Silicon Valley, I'm very intrigued by this UberCab cease & desist situation.  My first reaction was “uh oh”.  But that quickly switched to a feeling that this is probably the best thing that could ever happen to the young startup.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Google leads charge to dismiss Paul Allen's ‘scattershot’ lawsuit  —  In the case of Paul Allen vs. the Internet, the Internet is joining forces to fight back.  Well, most of it, anyway.  —  Ten of the online giants sued for patent infringement by the Microsoft co-founder in August …
Discussion: TechSpot, Electronista and Pulse2, Thanks:johnhcook
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft says Windows 8 roughly two years away  —  In its most concrete comments yet about the next version of Windows, Microsoft said in a blog post on its Dutch Web site that Windows 8 is about two years from hitting the market.  —  Microsoft is working on the next version of Windows …
Chris /
You need to use social services to understand them  —  I don't know if Malcolm Gladwell is right when he claims “the revolution will not be tweeted,” but I can say with certainty that the Twitter he describes is not the Twitter I know.  Gladwell's central argument is that Twitter creates weak ties …
Discussion: Stowe Boyd and Giles Bowkett
Andy McSmith / The Independent:
Google faces landmark fine for ‘gross invasion of privacy’  —  Google faces being the first company to incur heavy fines under British privacy laws, after admitting downloading private emails and passwords.  —  Britain's Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, announced yesterday …
Discussion: Telegraph, Sky News and BBC
New York Times:
WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Chased by Turmoil  —  LONDON — Julian Assange moves like a hunted man.  In a noisy Ethiopian restaurant in London's rundown Paddington district, he pitches his voice barely above a whisper to foil the Western intelligence agencies he fears.
Payvand Iran News:
Tehran's Unplugged Internet Plan  —  Source: Khashayar Nouri from  —  Authorities want separate network that looks like internet but is confined and controlled within country.  —  Plan to create a separate internet for Iran could leave web users confined to a closed domestic network, cut off from the rest of the world.
Ryan Block / gdgt:
Will the Mac App Store have enough to sell?  —  Apple bringing the App Store to the Mac was a pretty obvious move — I know I'm not the only one who was predicting it would happen sooner or later, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks this is going to have a huge impact for some Mac software developers.
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Melinda Gates Bans Apple Products From The Gates Household  —  In a New York Times interview, Melinda Gates reveals that she is standing up for her husband's honor and fortune—even at home:  —  Do you own an iPod, which is made by Apple?  —  No, I have a Zune.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Jobs: There won't be a ‘mute-switch becomes an orientation lock’ option for iPad  —  Back in January 2010 Apple announced that the hardware switch on the side of the iPad would be a mute switch, just like on the iPhone.  Then, closer to the product's launch in March of this year …
Discussion: MacRumors, TiPb, BlogsDNA and Erictric, Thanks:markgurman
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Exposes Customer Emails In Google Results
Adobe Featured Blogs:
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Discussion: Macworld
Jon Orlin / TechCrunch:
Internet TV and The Death of Cable TV, really
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Thousands of Reddit Users Donate Their Data for Research
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
In The Fight Against Apple's iAds, Google Plays The Cross-Platform Card
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
The Goldmine Of Opportunities In Gov 2.0  —  Seeing a need …
Jim Moran / Yipit Blog:
Groupon Reveals Its Future Lies In Self-Serve
Discussion: Screenwerk, midVentures, CenterNetworks and Pulse2, Thanks:jdmoran
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Programmers Who Defined The Technology Industry: Where Are They Now?