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11:15 PM ET, October 24, 2010

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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.
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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.
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
A Web Pioneer Profiles Users by Name  —  In the weeks before the New Hampshire primary last month, Linda Twombly of Nashua says she was peppered with online ads for Republican Senate hopeful Jim Bender.  —  It was no accident.  An online tracking company called RapLeaf Inc. had correctly identified …
Discussion: Digits and Rapleaf
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Julia Angwin / Digits:   Privacy Advocate Withdraws from RapLeaf Advisory Board
Om Malik / GigaOM:   What Rapleaf Knows About You: WSJ Reports
Zee / The Next Web:
Apple to Invest in Facebook?  Facebook says “No”.  —  Earlier today Mashable broke a rumor that Facebook would be taking investment from Apple in a new Series E round of funding.  Understandably, twitter is abuzz with discussion but a sharp response from Facebook's Director …
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Facebook to Raise Series E Funding with Apple as Investor [DEBUNKED]
Discussion: Velocity, 9 to 5 Mac and BlogsDNA, Thanks:nathanielmc
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 and BlogsDNA, Thanks:markgurman
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Might The Mac App Store Lead To A New Class Of Micro-Apps?  —  This weekend, Ryan Block put up an interesting post on gdgt entitled: Will the Mac App Store have enough to sell?  He raises a number of good points for why Apple may not be able to replicate their current App Store success with this new desktop store.
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Ryan Block / gdgt:
Will the Mac App Store have enough to sell?
David Carnoy / CNET News:
Is this the new Nook Color?  —  This image is part of a Nook Color accessory product page on the Barnes & Noble website.  —  A few days ago, we posted a story about Barnes & Noble's next-generation Nook e-reader, which an anonymous tipster claimed would be a $249 touch-screen, Android-based color e-reader called the Nook Color.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and VentureBeat
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 …
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 mianeh.net  —  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.
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, BBC and Sky News
Chris / cdixon.org:
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 …
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Exposes Customer Emails In Google Results
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