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October 20, 2013, 12:40 PM

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Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Likely to Kill Its Music App  —  Just six months after launching it, Twitter is strongly considering killing off its Twitter #Music mobile application, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.  —  It is unclear what Twitter's time frame is for ultimately ending support …
Leslie Picker / Bloomberg:
Twitter's Lack of Patents Seen as a Risk to Investors  —  Profits aren't the only thing lacking at Twitter Inc. ahead of its planned initial public offering.  It's got a dearth of patents, too.  —  The microblogging service said in its prospectus this week that it has nine issued U.S. patents.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple inventory snapshot suggests new MacBook Pros imminent, non-Retina iPad mini may live on  —  A near last minute snapshot of Apple's indirect channel inventory ahead of Tuesday's media event supports expectations of new Retina MacBook Pros, 9.7-inch fifth-gen iPads, and a redesigned Mac Pro …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Anonymity of Bitcoin transactions a boon to ransomware crooks  —  You're infected—if you want to see your data again, pay us $300 in Bitcoins  —  Malware that takes computers hostage until users pay a ransom is getting meaner, and thanks to the growing prevalence of Bitcoin …
Donna Tam / CNET:
Illinois court throws out ‘Amazon tax’ online sales law  —  The Illinois Supreme Court struck down a state law Friday that required online retailers, like Amazon, to collect sales tax if they have in-state Web affiliates, according to Associated Press.  —  The court decided …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Seene Uses Computer Vision To Create Unique And Eerie 3D Images On iPhone  —  It's not often that I use a new ‘photo capture’ app and impressed by it within seconds.  It's not that there's not a lot of cool stuff being built out there, it's just that the frontiers are getting closer and easier to predict.
Ron / WinBeta:
Microsoft pulls Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store due to ‘a situation’  —  Microsoft has apparently removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store, citing a situation as the culprit for some users.  Microsoft is investigating the issue and will provide further details once the update is ready to be released again.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Walmart Labs' Subscription Snack Service Goodies.co Will Shut Down  —  Last year, Walmart Labs jumped on the subscription commerce bandwagon with a new service called Goodies.co in order to compete with a range of startups offering monthly boxes of goodies to customers.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
US Companies Raised $8.1B In 806 VC Deals In Q3, Capital Raised, M&A Activity And IPOs All Up From Previous Quarter  —  Dow Jones Venture Source released its quarterly report on the state of venture capital, including data on number of VC deals, funds raised, M&As and IPOs in the technology sector.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Megaupload Raid ‘Destroyed’ (Way) More Than 10,000,000 Legal Files  —  When the U.S. Government took down Megaupload it branded the company as a pirate site with seemingly few legitimate uses.  Up until now, however, there has been no research to back up this claim.

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