Today in Tech: News around the Web

October 18, 2010: 6:30 AM ET

Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the weekend's most newsworthy bits below.

  • Photo: Cablevision

    In yet another situation of cable negotiations gone awry, News Corp. yanked Fox programming from Cablevision. "This is an unfortunate attempt to extort unreasonable and unfair fee increases from Cablevision and our customers," stated a Cablevision email to 3 million subscribers. Also affected: Hulu users, albeit temporarily. (Cablevision and MediaMemo)

  • Mark Zuckerberg did a Q&A at the Y Combinator Startup School during which he admitted that the wardrobe his pseudo-fictional character wore in The Social Network was totally spot on, he still owes his sister $50 -- yes, really -- and he doesn't believe in the concept of a "technological singularity." (Geekosystem)
  • Zuckerberg also apparently made time to dine with Steve Jobs at the Apple CEO's home two weeks ago to discuss ongoing issues with Ping (electronista)
  • Rumors abound that Yahoo is ready to cut a deal to acquire popular coupon web site Groupon for anywhere between $1.5 and $3 billion. (DailyFinance)
  • Google 24/7 editor Seth Weintraub reviewed the Samsung Transform, an Android 2.1-loaded smartphone slider from Sprint. Wrote Weintraub: "The OS is buggy (even though I must applaud the stock Android without overlays attempt) and the Sprint ID system just makes things much worse." (FortuneTech)
  • Apple 2.0 editor Philip Elmer-DeWitt disputes reports that Apple's App Store offers some 300,000 apps now because the outlets in question relied on data from an ad exchange network that doesn't really give a full, accurate picture. (Try somewhere around 280,000.) (Fortune Tech)
  • Is print really on the outs? Writer Paul Carr takes to TechCrunch to offer his own spin on the endless debate. (TechCrunch)
  • Bestselling mobile gaming app Angry Birds sold over 2 million downloads over two days for Android. (IntoMobile)
  • Facebook pulled the plug on all apps from developer LOLapps, leaving some 150 million users mystified. (AllFacebook)
  • Apple's video chat feature, Facetime, could allow multi-chat soon. (9 to 5 Mac)

Update: In an earlier version, we did not clarify Angry Birds's sell-through, which was for Android. Also, an updated figure is included.

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JP Mangalindan is a San Francisco-based writer at Fortune, covering Silicon Valley. Since joining in 2010, he has written on a wide array of topics, from the turnaround of eBay to the evolution of net neutrality. A graduate of Fordham University, Mangalindan has also written for GQ, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly.

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