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1:55 PM ET, October 4, 2011

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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Apple's 'Let's Talk iPhone' keynote liveblog!  —  11:11AM Also, if you're in the Cupertino area for the next half-hour or so, swing by and say hello.  We're the pair of dudes near the front with Android handsets.  —  11:11AM Got a few general iPhone fans gathering out here as well to watch the festivities from the sidelines.
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple iOS 5 hitting on October 12th  —  Apple's iOS 5 will be released on October 12th for all iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, and last two iPod touch generation customers.  We're expecting the Gold Master to be released for developers later today.  Apple's free iOS 5 software update brings …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Six Million Copies Of OS X Lion Sold, Outpaces Snow Leopard  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook just announced that Apple sold six million copies of Lion, the company's latest operating system.  Apple released Lion on July 20, adding new iOS-like features to the OS operating system and improving system performance.
Discussion: Engadget, 9to5Mac, Engadget, Engadget and TUAW
Ryan Block / gdgt live:
Live Apple iPhone 5 event coverage
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:   Apple announces NewsStand partners: New York Times, Wired, National Geographic and more
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 4S images appear on Apple's website  —  Need more proof that Apple's next iPhone allegedly dubbed the iPhone 4S will sport the same design as the current-generation iPhone 4?  Well, a pair of images just appeared on Apple's website, representing the black and white iPhone 4S models.
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Greg Bensinger / Digits:
Apple's New iPhone Won't Run On Fastest Wireless Networks - Sources  —  The expected introduction Tuesday of Apple's newest iPhone smartphone is sure to bring long lines at the company's stores and breathless technological analysis of its new innovations.  One thing it won't bring is the fastest possible downloads.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
On The Next Venture  —  I've been thinking about how I was going to write this post for a while now.  Of course, I didn't anticipate that I would be writing at 2 AM local time in London, where I'm currently visiting to speak at FOWA in a couple of days (that talk also just potentially got more interesting).
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Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Can Erick Schonfeld Keep the TechCrunch Swagger Alive?  —  As the veteran editor steps into the top job, his departing colleague is torching the fields behind him.  —  For the last decade, Erick Schonfeld has been the lone wolf of tech media, working as the East Coast point man …
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
Welcome To CrunchFund, MG Siegler
Discussion: Fortune, Pulse2, Fred Destin and @semilshah
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MG Siegler Will Become Our Apple Columnist, And Join CrunchFund As A VC
Reuters:
Apple rejects Samsung offer to help end Australia dispute  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has rejected an offer from South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co to help settle their tablet-computer dispute in Australia, hoping for an important court victory there in its global campaign of patent litigation.
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Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Samsung Says It May Scrap Australia Tablet Plans If Ban Persists  —  Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) — Samsung Electronics Co., locked in patent disputes with Apple Inc., may scrap the release of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia unless it wins approval to sell its newest tablet computer in the next two weeks, a lawyer said.
John Brownlee / Cult of Android:
Leaked Sales Numbers Suggest Amazon Kindle Fire On Track To Outsell iPad [Exclusive]  —  Six weeks before it officially goes on sale, Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire is shaping up to be the biggest tablet launch ever... and Cult of Android has the numbers to prove it.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft confirms Zune HD death, “we will no longer be producing Zune players”  —  Microsoft has officially confirmed the death of its Zune player devices.  —  The software giant removed references to the Zune HD from its Zune site on Monday and later claimed that the removal was “a mistake.”
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
HTC confirms security hole, says patch is incoming  —  HTC held true to its promise to look into the security vulnerability that surfaced over the weekend, an apparent glitch that allows any app requesting internet access to take a peek at a user account information, GPS location, system logs, and other potentially private data.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Evolving the Start menu … We'd like to share a series of blog posts on the how and why of reimagining Start.  This first post talks about the history and evolution of the Start menu, and several of the problems and trends we've learned from you.  We think it's always important to understand …
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Woody Leonhard / InfoWorld:
The rise and fall of the Windows Desktop Gadget
Discussion: eWeek
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
iPhone Trade-Ins Seen Increasing Five-Fold With Launch Of Long Awaited iPhone 5  —  Trade-ins of old iPhones are at unprecedented levels in anticipation of Apple's iPhone 5 announcement  —  How excited are people for the new iPhone that Apple is expected to announce later today?
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Apple Expected To “Shatter” Single Day Sales Record With New iPhone 5
Discussion: Internet2Go and AllThingsD
Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Steve Jobs gave Barack Obama an iPad 2 “a little bit early”  —  Being the “Commander in Chief” has its perks, like getting an iPad 2 directly from Steve Jobs a few weeks before launch  —  It's no secret that the Obama administration tends to be a bit Apple-centric.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Patent Troll Says Anyone Using WiFi Infringes; Won't Sue Individuals ‘At This Stage’  —  Just as some in the copyright trolling business are lowering their settlement fees, but making it up in volume, it appears there's a similar effort under way on the patent trolling side of the world.
Nik Cubrilovic:
Facebook Re-Enables Controversial Tracking Cookie  —  In May of this year the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook like buttons and other website widgets were setting cookies on visiting browsers.  This cookie could then be read later and used to track the user across different web properties and back to the Facebook site.
Megan Barnett / Fortune:
Marissa Mayer: I thought Google had a 2% chance of success  —  What makes a company innovative?  Start with empowering your employees.  —  Google's Marissa Mayer, center, and Lululemon CEO Christine Day, right  —  FORTUNE — Several things drew Marissa Mayer to Google in 1999 …
CNET News:
Apple may face suit over search for unreleased iPhone  —  Cava22, the San Francisco bar where another unreleased iPhone went missing.  —  Sergio Calderon, the 22-year-old San Francisco man who accused Apple employees of impersonating police officers while searching his house for an unreleased iPhone, has hired a lawyer.
Discussion: Gizmodo and RazorianFly
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Preparing For Super November With Multiple Smartphone And Tablet Launches  —  If you've been eagerly waiting to hear just what exactly T-Mobile has in store for their November 2nd super-mega-launch day since we first brought you word 48 hours ago then the above image should be exactly what the doctor ordered.
 
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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches iCloud October 12, Find My Friends announced
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Kids Are All Right — If “All Right” Means Spending Money on iTunes
Discussion: TUAW
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Yahoo Aims to Create a Voice for Its Media Sites
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
AOL drops big bucks on original web video
Discussion: VentureBeat and AOL Corp
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Showtime launches Anytime streaming portal, social iPad app
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Should the US have OK'd Microsoft's purchase of Skype? Should the EU?
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Fusion-io unveils new memory platform for accelerating data center servers
Discussion: eWeek, The Register and Electronista
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
YouTube's Rick Klau Joins Google Ventures To Head Startup University
Discussion: Business Insider
The Politico:
Early D.C. Facebook hire departs
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James Vicini / Reuters:
U.S. top court rejects Internet music download case
Discussion: Inquirer and Techdirt
 

 
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