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6:10 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.
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 …
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, Pulse2 and Electronista, Thanks:johnhcook
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Exposes Customer Emails In Google Results  —  Savvy Internet surfer Chris Crompton has found a flaw in Groupon's email link encryption where adding the search term “addx” (exact Google search = allinurl: addx site:groupon.com) brings up about 35 or so emails of people who have subscribed to the Groupon newsletter.
Thanks:andre_io
Jon Orlin / TechCrunch:
Internet TV and The Death of Cable TV, really  —  Yes, you heard this before.  The Death of Cable TV.  Yet, it hasn't happened.  But now, so many disruptions are happening in the video space, cable tv is really stepping towards the cliff.  Don't expect the cable industry to just give up.
Discussion: The FASTForward Blog
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 …
Discussion: Stowe Boyd and Giles Bowkett
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.
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.
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Switched
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Adrian Chen / Gawker:   Wikileaks Founder Will Walk Out of Your Interview If Asked About His Rape Case
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.
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.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Facebook to Raise Series E Funding with Apple as Investor [RUMOR]  —  Is Mark Zuckerberg about to friend Steve Jobs?  Facebook may be preparing to raise a blockbuster multi-million dollar Series E funding round with existing investors and potentially a new one: Apple Inc.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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