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10:40 AM ET, October 10, 2011

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Reed Hastings / The Official Netflix Blog:
DVDs will be staying at netflix.com  —  It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.  —  This means no change: one website, one account, one password... in other words, no Qwikster.
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Netflix Abandons Plan to Rent DVDs on Qwikster  —  Abandoning a break-up plan it announced last month, Netflix said Monday morning that it had decided to keep its DVD-by-mail and online streaming services together under one name and one Web site.  —  The company admitted that it had moved …
Apple:
iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million in First 24 Hours  —  Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by iPhone 4. iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Early iPhone 4S orders begin shipping to customers, from Sprint at least  —  The iPhone 4S just went up for pre-sale on Friday the 7th, and shipping notifications are already coming through.  Reader Alex has forwarded along his shipping notification from Sprint for his white 32GB iPhone 4S …
Daily Mail:
Steve Jobs's secret legacy: Dying Apple boss left plans for four years of new products  —  Despite knowing he was dying, Steve Jobs worked for more than a year on the products that he believed would safeguard the company's future.  —  It was also revealed today that Jobs fought hard …
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Alexandra Berzon / Wall Street Journal:
For Jobs's Biological Father, the Reunion Never Came  —  RENO, Nev.—Periodically in the past year, Abdulfattah “John” Jandali would shoot off an email to Steve Jobs, the son he never met.  They were simple notes: “Happy Birthday” or “I hope your health is improving.”  —  It's unclear if Mr. Jobs ever wrote back.
Discussion: Electronista
Frank Cifaldi / Gamasutra:
Steve Jobs, Atari Employee Number 40
Discussion: Digits
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Teacher  —  Steve Jobs taught us so many things …
Discussion: Guardian
Hunter Walk / TechCrunch:
#LiveLikeSteve  —  This is a guest post by Hunter Walk …
Discussion: Computerworld, Thanks:hunterwalk
John Lilly / John's Tumblr:
Steve Jobs  —  Like many of us, I've been thinking a lot …
Discussion: CNET News and Marketing Nirvana
Scott Knaster / Google Code Blog:
Dart: a language for structured web programming  —  Today we are introducing an early preview of Dart, a class-based optionally typed programming language for building web applications.  Dart's design goals are:  — Create a structured yet flexible language for web programming.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google debuts Dart, a JavaScript alternative  —  Google debuted an “early preview” version of a programming language called Dart today for building Web applications in the way JavaScript is used right now.  —  Programmer Lars Bak detailed the project in a talk today at the Goto conference conference today …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft's Windows Phone Boss Says Dual-Core, LTE Models Coming  —  Sales of the first crop of Windows Phones may have been less than CEO Steve Ballmer was hoping for, but Windows Phone unit boss Andy Lees said the company met its more important goal — becoming credible again in the phone market.
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Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Court Order Seeks Email Data of WikiLeaks Volunteer Jacob Appelbaum  —  The U.S. government has obtained a controversial type of secret court order to force Google Inc. and small Internet provider Sonic.net Inc. to turn over information from the email accounts of WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum …
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Free Texting Apps Are Threat to Wireless Carriers  —  At a time when e-mail and many other forms of electronic communication are essentially free, wireless carriers are still charging as much as 20 cents to send a text message to a phone, and another 20 cents to receive it.
Discussion: CNET News
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook hits the US and Canada this week, rings in at $899  —  And the Ultrabooks have arrived!  We just got word that the Acer Aspire S3 will go on sale in the US and Canada this week for $899 — making it the first pinch-thin, MacBook Air competitor to hit the market …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Sprint says no to iPhone insurance, AppleCare+ breathes sigh of relief  —  The Now Network is apparently voting thumbs-down to the idea of having its Total Equipment Protection plans available to its new crown jewel.  According to a leaked slide courtesy of SprintFeed, your shiny Sprint-branded iPhone 4S …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Refuses To Dismiss Twitter From Patent Lawsuit Concerning Patent On Interacting With Famous People Online  —  One of the absolute worst parts of the patent system is that, unlike many other legal issues, it's nearly impossible to easily get a patent claim dismissed.
Reuters:
Yang eyes Yahoo buyout with private equity  —  (Reuters) - For the last few years, a widely circulated joke about Jerry Yang was that he had the best tan in Silicon Valley from all the time he spent on Stanford University's golf course.  —  But the jests stopped about six months ago …
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Divya Sharma / Reuters:   Alibaba seeks Temasek backing to buy stake from Yahoo: report
 
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Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer Blog:
T-Mobile announces 7 inch SpringBoard and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
AT&T to usher in split-personality mobile devices
Discussion: Android Phones …
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
BlackBerry services collapse
Discussion: Gizmodo
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Dear Meg Whitman... Some unsolicited advice on HP's PC future
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Cloud services provider Six Degrees Group launches with £60 million in funding
Discussion: VatorNews, Business Wire and TechCrunch
Electronista:
Yahoo supposedly out of Hulu bidding, Google still in
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Pastebin Helps Occupy Wall Street Spread the Word
Discussion: Betabeat
 Earlier Items: 
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
An Early Sign the Amazon Kindle Fire May Do Well
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog and Punch Jump
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The new iPhone portfolio and implications on ASP
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Feature: Cutting the cord: how the world's engineers built Wi-Fi
Daniel Horton / binary/organic:
Where was Facebook Music in 2004? Being excessively patient.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
American Express To Release An API For Digital Wallet Platform Serve; Focuses On Data And Personalization
Joe Brockmeier / ReadWriteEnterprise:
Why FSF Founder Richard Stallman is Wrong on Steve Jobs
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
TechCrunch Disrupt Champion Shaker Shakes Down Investors For $15 Million
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