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5:20 PM ET, October 5, 2011

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Microsoft:
Xbox 360 Teams Up With Entertainment Leaders to Transform TV  —  AT&T, BBC, Comcast, HBO, Rogers, Telefónica, Televisa and Verizon are among providers rolling out new TV entertainment services on Xbox LIVE.  —  A new era in television begins this holiday where your entertainment …
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Ben Rudolph / The Windows Blog:
Control Your Xbox with your Windows Phone Using the Xbox Companion App  —  Earlier today you probably spotted the big, big news from our pals over on the Xbox team.  They're bringing a new world of entertainment to your living room and making it faster, funner (yes, that's right, funner) and easier to find.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Xbox becomes TV hub with Comcast, FiOS, HBO and more  —  Microsoft today confirmed the lineup of TV services that will be available this holiday season through the Xbox 360 console.  It's a huge step for Microsoft's longtime goal of expanding the console beyond gaming and into an entertainment hub.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Xbox Live TV: What's inside? Silverlight
Discussion: Wired
Reuters:
Exclusive: Microsoft considers bidding for Yahoo: sources  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is considering a bid for Yahoo Inc, resurfacing as a potential buyer after a bitter and unsuccessful fight to take over the Internet company in 2008, sources close to the situation said on Wednesday.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Not So Much on a Microsoft Bid for Yahoo (They're Crazy, But Not That Crazy)  —  Is this investment-banker-hype week and nobody told me?  —  It certainly seems so from all the almost nearly ridonkulous rumors about everyone and their mother being “imminently poised” to make a bid for Yahoo.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Oracle vs. Salesforce.com's Benioff goes WWE: We're being played  —  Summary: Oracle cancels a keynote from Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and the crowd goes wild.  Suddenly, this feels more like a pro wrestling match.  —  Oracle cancels Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff's keynote …
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Marc Benioff Yanked From Oracle OpenWorld Speech
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Live from a restaurant: Marc Benioff's Oracle OpenWorld keynote
Discussion: Business Insider and @stevenjayl
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Sprint Confirms It Will Offer Unlimited Data Plan for iPhone  —  Sprint will indeed offer unlimited data plans when it starts taking iPhone orders later this week, AllThingsD has confirmed.  —  “We will be offering the benefit of our unlimited plans that start at just $69.99,” said spokeswoman Michelle Leff Mermelstein.
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Apple will now give you up to $200 for your old iPhone 4  —  Shuddering at the thought of paying for that new iPhone 4S?  Shudder no more.  Apple, via its Reuse and Recycle program, is offering up to $200 for your old iPhone 4, depending on its condition:  —  Mind you, the iPhone in question …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple showcases iPhone 4S camera with high-resolution sample photos
Paul Miller / This is my next:
Why Siri just might work  —  When I wrote my post on natural user interface a couple months back (described by some as a “real barnstormer"), I glossed over most current forms of voice recognition.  The problem as I saw it, and still see it, is that recognizing voice has to be bulletproof for it to be truly useful.
Discussion: Bits, CNET News, 9to5Mac, Gawker, TiPb and Digits
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Branded iPhone 5 won't arrive until LTE, analysts say
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple's fall from grace  —  Apple was a company that could do no wrong.  Phones that dropped every other call... Location tracking scandals... Antennagate... A CEO who constantly parked his $130,000 sports car diagonally in handicapped spaces... Apple didn't have to roll with the punches …
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Apple's “Fall From Grace”
Discussion: BGR
DigiTimes:
Apple iPhone 4S announced, ‘5’ likely to arrive in late 2012 or 2013  —  Defying some expectations that Apple would introduce the iPhone 5 - an entirely new model supporting 4G - the company instead rolled out the iPhone 4S - an update of the existing iPhone 4.
Brian McClendon / Google LatLong:
Google Earth downloaded more than one billion times  —  How large is one billion?  One billion hours ago modern humans were living in the Stone Age.  One billion minutes ago, the Roman Empire was flourishing.  If you traveled from Earth to the Moon three times, your journey would measure one billion meters.
BBC:
India launches Aakash tablet computer priced at $35  —  Millions of students will have access to the tablets, officials hope  —  India has launched what it says is the world's cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just $35 (£23).  —  Costing a fraction of Apple's iPad, the subsidised Aakash is aimed at students.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Samsung seeks iPhone 4S sales ban in France and Italy  —  Samsung will attempt to block iPhone 4S sales in France and Italy, the company has announced, citing two 3G WCDMA patents it claims Apple has infringed.  Filing separate preliminary injunction motions in Paris and Milano today …
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Samsung Tomorrow Global:
Samsung to request preliminary injunction orders against Apple iPhone 4S
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: LinkedIn Has Bought Contact Management Start-Up Connected  —  LinkedIn has acquired Connected, a small contact management start-up that unifies and dynamically updates users' connections on email, social networks, calendars and phones, according to sources close to the company.
Discussion: Connected Life
Royal Pingdom:
Facebook now as big as the entire Internet was in 2004  —  At the recent F8 conference Facebook revealed that they now have 800 million active users.  Europe, with Russia included, has a population of 727 million.  We now have a social network that is so large that it could fill …
Discussion: Business Insider and ReadWriteWeb
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Jason Kilar: Hulu Plus is becoming major money maker  —  Hulu CEO Jason Kilar said today that the company's Hulu Plus paid subscription service is going to bring in more than half of its revenue in within the next 12 months.  Kilar made this estimate in a blog post about Hulu's Q3 performance …
Paul Graham:
Why Startup Hubs Work  —  If you look at a list of US cities sorted by population, the number of successful startups per capita varies by orders of magnitude.  Somehow it's as if most places were sprayed with startupicide.  —  I wondered about this for years.
Devin Banerjee / Bloomberg:
Akamai Drop Lets IBM, Verizon Vie for Takeover  —  Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM) may finally be cheap enough to lure International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) or Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) as the most speculated U.S. takeover target since 2005 approaches its lowest valuation on record.
Discussion: The Tech Trade
 
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Reveals More Details About Timeline, Including an Approval Process for Open Graph Apps
Discussion: The Next Web
Erica Sadun / TUAW:
iPhone 4S: What can you say to Siri?
Kay Kremerskothen / Flickr Blog:
200 million Creative Commons photos and counting!
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Michael Robertson Gets A Cease & Desist From Univision For DAR.fm, His “TiVo For Radio”
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Newsrooms Beta: Now Open to Everyone
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Keek raises $5.5M for short video messaging service
Discussion: PR Newswire, VatorNews and TechCrunch
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
Google's $700 Million Purchase of ITA Software Approved by Federal Judge
Discussion: CNET News, 9to5Google and The Next Web
Thomas Ricker / This is my next:
Nexus Prime teased in new Samsung video?
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
REVEALED: Meet The Goldman Partner Who Engineered The $50 Billion Facebook Deal
Discussion: Gawker
Quentin Hardy / Bits:
Michael Dell Advises Hewlett-Packard
Discussion: BetaNews, Inquirer and The Tech Trade
 

 
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