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1:50 PM ET, October 5, 2011

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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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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
What the iPhone 4S means for the carriers  —  Apple's much-anticipated new iPhone was unveiled today at the company's headquarters in California.  And for the first time in iPhone history, three of the four major U.S. operators will be offering the latest version of the device.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Branded iPhone 5 won't arrive until LTE, analysts say
Paul Miller / This is my next:
Why Siri just might work
Discussion: Digits
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The iPhone 5 Failboard: How Everyone Got It Wrong
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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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Xbox becomes TV hub with Comcast, FiOS, HBO and more
Discussion: TechNet Blogs
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 …
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Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
iPhone 4S hands-on impressions
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  —  The quietly simmering feud between Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Saleforce.com CEO Marc Benioff has just erupted into a new public spat.  —  Benioff tweeted tonight that he's been bounced from the speakers roster at the Oracle OpenWorld conference …
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.
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
Quentin Hardy / Bits:
Michael Dell Advises Hewlett-Packard  —  Attention Hewlett-Packard: Michael Dell thinks that you should stay in the personal computer business.  —  Speaking at the Oracle OpenWorld convention on Tuesday, Mr. Dell laid out why his company, Dell Inc., the world's second-largest maker of PCs …
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Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Whitman aims for October decision on HP's PC unit
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.
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
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.
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
Google's $700 Million Purchase of ITA Software Approved by Federal Judge  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s $700 million purchase of travel-information company ITA Software Inc. was cleared by a federal judge after the search-engine company agreed to conditions imposed by the U.S. government.
Discussion: 9to5Google and The Next Web
Michael Degusta / the understatement:
Google's Management Doesn't Use Google+  —  Management caring deeply about their company's products and using them every day is almost always a prerequisite of making great products.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg really does use Facebook all day.  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo tweeted at least 30 times just yesterday.
Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
HP, Dell to launch ultrabooks by 1Q12  —  Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell will launch ultrabooks at the end of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 respectively, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.  —  HP has had Taiwan-based Quanta Computer prepare to start ODM production of its ultrabooks …
 
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Facebook now as big as the entire Internet was in 2004
Jean-Jacques Sahel / The Big Blog:
The open Internet: platform for growth
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Keek raises $5.5M for short video messaging service
Discussion: PR Newswire, VatorNews and TechCrunch
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
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Android tablet makers: join up with Amazon or you'll lose, says analyst
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Both Apple motions to stay Motorola Mobility lawsuits have been denied
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
U.S. Signs International Anti-Piracy Accord
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla aims to add silent updating to Firefox 10
Eric Knorr / InfoWorld:
Oracle releases JavaFX 2.0, shares plans for Java 9
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Inquirer
Ben Berkowitz / Reuters:
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