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6:05 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; no Frontier  —  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 ridonkulous rumors about everyone and their mother being “imminently poised” to make a bid for Yahoo.
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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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple showcases iPhone 4S camera with high-resolution sample photos
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
Erica Sadun / TUAW:
iPhone 4S: What can you say to Siri?  —  Curious about the iPhone 4S's new voice assistant feature?  So were we.  —  TUAW tracked down a set of example phrases that the new Siri voice assistant is capable of understanding.  It turns out that Siri can handle many categories of voice interaction.
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: @manan, BGR and Marco.org
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, TiPb and Digits
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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.
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: Social Markets and Connected Life
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.
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.
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.
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: ReadWriteWeb and Business Insider
Samsung Tomorrow Global:
Samsung to request preliminary injunction orders against Apple iPhone 4S  —  Samsung Electronics will file separate preliminary injunction motions in Paris, France and Milano, Italy on October 5 local time requesting the courts block the sale of Apple's iPhone 4S in the respective markets.
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Samsung seeks iPhone 4S sales ban in France and Italy
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Global Ad Revenues From Social Networks To Reach $5.4B In 2011; $10B In 2013  —  Ad revenue from social networks worldwide is expected to reach $5.54 billion this year, according to eMarketer estimates, and will double by 2013. eMarketer is taking into account a number of popular social networks …
 
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Newsrooms Beta: Now Open to Everyone
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Jean-Jacques Sahel / The Big Blog:
The open Internet: platform for growth
Discussion: Skype Journal
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?
Devin Banerjee / Bloomberg:
Akamai Drop Lets IBM, Verizon Vie for Takeover
Discussion: DealBook and The Tech Trade
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