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6:15 PM ET, October 7, 2011


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Wall Street Journal:
Steve Jobs Funeral Is Friday  —  The funeral for Steve Jobs, Apple Inc.'s co-founder, is taking place Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  The funeral is characterized as a small private gathering, this person said.  —  The event comes two days after Mr. Jobs passed away after battling an undisclosed illness.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert Say Goodbye to Steve Jobs  —  Two cool tributes: Some subdued words from Stewart, followed by an excerpt of Jobs' famous Stanford speech; and a very funny montage from Colbert.  Note that just like “real” media figures, both men have anecdotes about the Apple co-founder reaching …
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
With Time Running Short, Jobs Managed His Farewells  —  Over the last few months, a steady stream of visitors to Palo Alto, Calif., called an old friend's home number and asked if he was well enough to entertain visitors, perhaps for the last time.  —  In February, Steven P. Jobs had learned that …
Mike Fleming /   Sony Pictures Acquiring Apple Icon Steven Jobs Book For Feature Film
D.B. Grady / The Atlantic Online:
In Praise of Bad Steve
Discussion: TechCrunch and Global Voices
Ed Christman / Billboard.Biz:
Steve Jobs Remembered by Edgar Bronfman Jr., Martin Bandier and Other Executives
Discussion: Music Ally
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
AT&T ‘working with Apple’ to show 4G indicator in iPhone 4S status bar (update: confirmed)  —  AT&T and T-Mobile have led the charge over the past year to brand their upgraded HSPA+ networks as “4G,” even though such networks historically don't fall into the “4G” definition …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Unlocked iPhone 4S coming in November, won't work with CDMA carriers  —  Apple on Friday began taking preorders for the iPhone 4S, and also revealed its next-generation handset will be sold unlocked and contract-free in November starting at $649.  —  The unlocked iPhone 4GS will only work …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's iPhone 4S now available for pre-order ahead of Oct. 14 launch
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Exclusive: Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet  —  A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America's Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots' every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.  —  The virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago …
Vlad Savov / This is my next:
Samsung and Google postpone Galaxy Nexus launch  —  Samsung has just announced, rather sensationally, that the product launch it had planned in conjunction with Google for next week's CTIA will not in fact be happening.  Here's the statement in full:
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Samsung Galaxy Nexus caught on video
Dcurtis / Dustin Curtis:
3.5 Inches  —  I've been wondering why Apple chose to make the iPhone 4′s screen 3.5-inches when other comparable phones with Android and Windows Phone 7 have larger, more inviting screens.  When you first see a phone with a 4-inch or larger screen, it seems like a much better experience.
Sprint faces cash burn, investors flee  —  (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel Corp signaled that it could spend more money than it brings in over the next few years, even without accounting for the high costs of selling the Apple Inc iPhone, sending its shares down 13 percent.
Discussion: MediaFile and
Sprint goes LTE: 120 cities with new 4G by end of 2012
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
En Fuego: Kindle Fire Orders Keep Climbing  —  After racking up an estimated 95,000 pre-orders within the first 24 hours of availability, Amazon's forthcoming Kindle Fire tablet continues to sell well.  Demand for the device shows no signs of slowing.  In fact, sources close to Amazon claim …
Groupon Plans to ‘Significantly’ Reduce Marketing Spending Amid Criticism  —  Groupon Inc., the online-coupon site that has filed for an initial public offering, said it plans to “significantly” reduce online marketing spending over time as such investments yield insufficient returns.
Marco Arment /
Review: The 2011 $79 Kindle with ads and buttons  —  New $79 Kindle with ads (left), Kindle 3 (right), asleep  —  Nearly everything about the $79 Kindle is cheap.  —  The lock screen shows a giant ad whenever the Kindle is off.  Previous Kindles show tasteful pictures of classic authors when they're off.
Discussion: The Awl
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Nuance To Acquire Swype For $100+ Million  —  Nuance has acquired Seattle-based startup Swype for something more than $100 million, says a source with knowledge of the deal.  —  I'm a big fan of Swype, and this is a brilliant acquisition by Nuance.  Swype first launched at a TechCrunch conference in 2008.
Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
YouTube now has movies in the UK  —  Back in May we brought new release movies and more for rent to YouTube in the US.  Last month, we took it to Canada.  Now, over a thousand full-length feature films from major Hollywood and British studios are available for rent in the UK at
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
RIM Buys NewBay  —  Another acquisition for Research In Motion.  The BlackBerry maker is buying NewBay Software, a provider of white-label cloud-based content services.  RIM confirmed to AllThingsD that it has signed an agreement to acquire the company, but declined to provide any further details.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Skype purchase gets the EC green light.  Now what?  —  Summary: The European antitrust authorities have given the nod to Microsoft's acquisition of Skype.  —  The European Commission's antitrust authorities have given Microsoft's $8.5 billion Skype acquisition regulatory clearance.
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and Business Insider
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
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