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3:10 PM 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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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
First Hands On Video of iPhone 4S with Benchmarks, “Raise to Speak” Feature  —  It seems someone has gotten hold of an iPhone 4S ahead of launch.  This video from AppVV.com shows off a new iPhone 4S with some early benchmarks (thanks BluC0la).  It also shows the Siri settings interface …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Early iPhone 4S orders begin shipping to customers, from Sprint at least
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
Discussion: GigaOM and @avibryant
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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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Windows Phones Will Get More Marketing Dollars, Sales Incentives  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), trying to reverse disappointing sales for its Windows Phone, is counting on Samsung Electronics Co. and other manufacturing partners to step up retailer incentives and boost in-store promotions.
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
Discussion: Gamasutra
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Teacher  —  Steve Jobs taught us so many things …
Discussion: madisonian.net and Guardian
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
BlackBerry services collapse  —  Millions of BlackBerry smartphone users have been cut off by a major fault at RIM, the Canadian company that makes the devices.  —  BlackBerry online services cut off  —  The glitch, which struck at around 11AM, was affecting online services for consumers all over Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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Zach Honig / Engadget:
UK server failure sends BlackBerry devices offline in Europe, the Middle East and Africa
Discussion: BetaNews, Guardian, AllThingsD and BGR
Twitter Developers:
The t.co URL Wrapper  —  Tens of millions of links are tweeted on Twitter each day.  Wrapping these shared links helps Twitter protect users from malicious content while offering useful insights on engagement.  All links submitted within tweets and direct messages, regardless of length, will eventually be wrapped with t.co.
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Twitter API / @twitterapi:   We're about to start wrapping all URLs regardless of their length with the t.co URL wrapper - http://t.co/WYZN445Y ^AM
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Secret Orders Target Email  —  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, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
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Julia Angwin / Digits:
The Little ISP That Stood Up to the Government
Discussion: @wikileaks
Bloomberg:
Jobs's Death Increases Plea for Releasing $76 Billion Cash: Tech  —  Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — At a meeting with Apple Inc. finance chief Peter Oppenheimer this year, investor Kishore Rao asked the company to tap its billions in cash to pay a dividend.  —  Oppenheimer had heard the request …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Motorola and Verizon press event scheduled for October 18th; Xoom 2, Droid HD, and Xoom Media Edition coming?  —  We had a feeling Motorola couldn't hold out much longer with all those leaked devices we brought you a couple of weeks ago, and indeed, Motorola and Verizon are teaming up to hold …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Kindle Fire Hit With Patent Suit  —  Amazon's new tablet won't be available until November 15, but it's never too early to file a patent suit.  Smartphone Technologies LLC, which has already gone after Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), Research in Motion (NSDQ: RIMM) and others, claims the Kindle Fire also infringes on four of its patents.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Is Getting More Serious About Daily (Bing) Deals  —  Microsoft appears to be readying the formal launch of a Bing-branded daily deals website powered by white-label group buying platform service provider Tippr, a well-informed source tells me.  You don't have to take my word for it …
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Samsung Stratosphere is Verizon's first 4G LTE phone with QWERTY; $149.99 on October 13th  —  Verizon Wireless on Monday unveiled the Samsung Stratosphere, the company's first smartphone to feature a full QWERTY keyboard and 4G LTE connectivity.  This new Samsung smartphone is highlighted …
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.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Google SVP Of Engineering Bill Coughran Joins Sequoia Capital As Partner
John Cook / GeekWire:
Travel photo service Trover arrives on Android
Discussion: GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Square Makes It Easier for Big Businesses to Sign Up for Mobile Payments
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ted Roduner / Bing:
Windows Phone 7.5: Bing(o) on Mango
Discussion: The Windows Blog
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon Makes It Harder to Track How Well It Is Doing
Dain Binder / Dain Binder's Technology Blog:
SocialGrapple Joins Google
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:dbin78
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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
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Dear Meg Whitman... Some unsolicited advice on HP's PC future
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Refuses To Dismiss Twitter From Patent Lawsuit Concerning Patent On Interacting With Famous People Online
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