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October 20, 2013, 2:25 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 …
Spiegel Online:
NSA Hacked Email Account of Mexican President  —  The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years.  It hacked into the president's public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system.  The news is likely to hurt ties between the US and Mexico.
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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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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