Today in Tech: News around the Web

October 25, 2010, 10:45 AM UTC

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.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photo: Leon Neal/AFP
  • Controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s latest actions — releasing nearly 400,000 classified documents from the Iraq war — hasn’t gone over well with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who accused the online whistleblower of aiding enemies of the international coalition via Twitter. (Hillicon Valley)
  • Rumors abound that Facebook’s latest round of funding will be led by Digital Sky Technologies and Apple, which would make sense given Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs’s recent dinner. (Electronista)
  • Google, Apple and several other tech companies are seeking dismissal of a sweeping patent lawsuit brought against them by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen and Interval Licensing LLC, claiming the companies are infringing upon technologies originally developed by them. (BizJournals)
  • The startup behind Ubercab, a mobile app that lets users request a car service and pay with their phones, got a cease and desist order from the San Francisco Metro Transit Authority and the Public Utilities Commission of California. (TechCrunch)
  • Melinda Gates has banned Apple products from the household. “Nothing crosses the threshold of our doorstep.” (Fortune)
  • Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says Windows 8 won’t arrive for another two years. (Download Squad)
  • Iranian authorities want to create a separate Internet confined and controlled within the country. (Payvand Iran News)