Stories for Aug. 18, 2014

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Uber said on Monday that it is no longer banned in Berlin – for now at least. As happened in Hamburg, the company has lodged an appeal against the city’s ban, meaning the prohibition is suspended until the case is resolved. I would say that means Uber can resume services after a break of several days, but in fact the company continued operating while the ban was in force, putting itself and its drivers at risk of hefty fines. Luckily, Uber told me, no such fines were levied.

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Assange press conference

Julian Assange will “soon” leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been taking refuge since breaking bail terms two years ago, the Wikileaks founder said Monday in a press conference. He provided no further details. Reports earlier on Monday suggested he is suffering from health issues. Assange has been hiding in the embassy since 2012, after being accused of rape and sexual coercion in Sweden a couple of years previously. The Australian fears being extradited to the U.S. over the leaking of classified military documents, via Wikileaks, by soldier Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning. Last year Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison over the leaks.

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photo: Gigaom Illustration/Steve Jurvetson

According to “Bezos’s law,” a unit of computing power price is reduced by 50 percent approximately every three years. AppZero’s Greg O’Connor looks at why the economic gap that favors cloud providers will only widen over time. Read more »

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