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2:10 PM ET, October 24, 2010

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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.
Jim Moran / Yipit Blog:
Groupon Reveals Its Future Lies In Self-Serve  —  Groupon is quietly testing a self-serve deal platform for merchants to manage real time offers for consumers named Groupon Stores.  According to Groupon, this is the future of the company: … Based on a google site search …
Discussion: Screenwerk, midVentures, Pulse2 and CenterNetworks, Thanks:jdmoran
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Netflix testing $7.99 and $8.99 streaming-only plans in US right now, one is not a discount (update)  —  When CEO Reed Hastings called Netflix “primarily a streaming company that also offers DVD-by-mail,” he wasn't messing around, as the company's quietly made streaming-only plans a reality on US shores.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Download Squad and Redmond Pie
Cade Metz / The Register:
Gosling blows lid off Jobs Java nonsense  —  Java daddy deprecates Apple cult leader  —  Steve Jobs has apparently weighed into the debate over Apple's decision to deprecate Java on the Mac, and his terse explanation was promptly deprecated by Java founder James Gosling.
Discussion: Security Watch and Wild Webmink
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Rafe / rc3.org:
The future of Java on the Mac platform
Discussion: Macworld and Apple Outsider
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 …
Thanks:johnhcook
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Asterisk 1.8 - Major Release Sports 200 New Features  —  Digium today released Asterisk 1.8, a major new release of the popular open source telephony platform.  According to Digium, it includes more than 200 notable new features.  —  I spoke with Digium's Product Manager, Steve Sokol, to learn more about this important release.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
How Google TV Could Hand Netflix the entire streaming universe  —  I personally can't think of anything stupider for the big broadcast networks to do than give their shows to Google for free.  Why ?  Because they are finally getting BILLIONS of dollars in retransmission fees from their distributors.
Discussion: Webomatica, The Next Web and jungleG
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
There is No New Media: It's All New Consumption
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Thousands of Reddit Users Donate Their Data for Research  —  Last month, Condé Nast social news site Reddit asked users if they would donate their data for research purposes.  This week the site made available a data dump from more than 40,000 people who opted-in to sharing what they do on the site.
Esther Schindler / ITworld.com:
Programmers Who Defined The Technology Industry: Where Are They Now?  —  Some early programmer names are familiar to even the most novice of software developers.  You may never have seen a line of code written by Bill Gates, or written any application in BASIC (much less for the Altair).
 
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Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
End Of An Era: Sony Stops Manufacturing Cassette Walkmans
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