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iPhone 4S Preliminary Benchmarks: ~800MHz A5, Slightly Slower GPU than iPad 2, Still Very Fast  —  Apple's ability to control the entire information chain, down to the point of limiting leaks, appears to be gradually slipping as it grows as a company.  Case in point are the numerous hardware …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
iPhone 4S delivered early in Germany, packaging & Siri shown off  —  One customer in Germany has been delivered an iPhone 4S early, offering a first glimpse at the packaging of the handset as well as screenshots from the device.  —  The iPhone 4S was delivered by German Telekom …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
The iPhone 4S Appears to Have 512MB RAM  —  Last week, the Infinity Blade developer first suggested that the iPhone 4S still had 512MB of RAM, just like the iPhone 4: … The developer would be in a position to know as they had demoed their game on the new iPhone 4S during last week's keynote.
AppleInsider:
iPhone 4S preorders suggest 3M sales at launch, 25M this quarter
Discussion: CNET News and MobileSyrup.com
comScore, Inc.:
Smartphones and Tablets Drive Nearly 7 Percent of Total U.S. Digital Traffic  —  iOS Accounts for Largest Share of U.S. Smartphone and Tablet Devices while Driving the Majority of Non-Computer Traffic  —  comScore Releases Report, “Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cloud Storage Platform Box.net Raises $81M From Salesforce, SAP At $600M-Plus Valuation  —  Cloud storage platform Box.net has raised $81 million in Series D funding from strategic investors Salesforce.com and SAP Ventures with Bessemer Venture Partners, NEA, and prior investors including Andreessen Horowitz …
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Nicole Perlroth / Forbes:   After Rebuffing $600 Million Citrix Takeover, Box.net Closes $81 Million In New Funding
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Adobe demos incredible unblur feature for Photoshop  —  Adobe is developing an upcoming feature for Photoshop that could end the problem of blurred photos forever.  —  The new feature was demoed at the company's MAX 2011 event, drawing gasps of amazement from a crowd that witnessed a blurred photo, retouched and perfected in seconds.
James Hibberd / Inside TV:
Discovery orders Steve Jobs documentary with ‘Mythbusters’ hosts — EXCLUSIVE  —  Discovery has ordered a documentary on the life of the late Steve Jobs, with the Mythbusters duo on board to host.  The network is teaming with NBC's Peacock Productions for iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World, a one-hour special.
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Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Steve Jobs Died at Home of Respiratory Arrest  —  Steve Jobs died at home of respiratory arrest and a pancreatic tumor at about 3 p.m. on Oct. 5, according to his death certificate.  His occupation was listed as “entrepreneur.”  —  The Santa Clara County Public Health Department in San Jose, California, released the document today.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Facebook Totally Caved To Apple On Its New Mobile Platform  —  Facebook announced a huge extension of its mobile platform today, and as long rumored, the company is going to be spreading its payment platform, Facebook Credits, to the mobile versions of all Facebook apps.
Discussion: GeekWire, IntoMobile and TechCrunch
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Nick Bilton / New York Times:
At Long Last, Facebook Releases an iPad App
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Sling Media Launches $29.99 SlingPlayer App For Android ‘Honeycomb’ Tablets  —  Sling Media, an EchoStar subsidiary, this morning announced the availability of SlingPlayer for tablets running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) or later.  The app is available on Android Market now and costs $29.99 …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
David Cameron's ‘porn filter’ will make no difference, say ISPs  —  Four big providers insist web controls will only apply to people taking out completely new contracts  —  Claims that David Cameron has forced a new “porn filter” on UK internet content have been disavowed by internet service providers …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
BlueStacks Ready to Test Its Android-on-Windows Software  —  BlueStacks, a start-up focused on allowing Android apps to run on Windows PCs, said it is ready to start public testing of its software.  —  The company is making an alpha, or early test version, of its software available to the public.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
We've got the internal docs that Apple employees use to explain iCloud and iOS 5  —  Last week, we detailed the internal docs Apple uses to tell its employees how to sell the iPhone 4S, the new iPods and the new Cards app.  Today a tipster added to the trove two more internal docs. iCloud and iOS 5 First looks.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
New Topsy Index Leverages Influence & Relevance For Google+ Search  —  Today Topsy Labs, a real-time social search platform, announced the addition of Google+ as a source in its real-time social search index.  Topsy features an influence algorithm to display the most pertinent and popular social results.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Spotify Bug Kept Users Logged In to Facebook Even After They Disconnected  —  Spotify's music software recently had a bug — since removed — that logged users back in to their Facebook accounts even after they had actively disconnected.  —  That the bug existed is particularly notable …
Discussion: PC Magazine and msnbc.com
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Roku announces $50 LT model, will add HBO Go streaming to all of its boxes this month  —  That cheaper, purpler, Roku LT we spied passing through the FCC and beta testing is official, and will hit retail shelves for just $50 next month.  It's only $10 less than the also-720p-limited Roku 2 HD …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
HP set to decide future of Palm, webOS this week  —  HP is rumored to have finished the initial bidding process for its webOS unit and will hold an all-hands meeting tomorrow that may reveal its future plans for selling or spinning off the group, according to people familiar with the company's plans.
Ron Rosenbaum / Slate:
The article that inspired Steve Jobs: “Secrets of the Little Blue Box”  —  The 1971 article about phone hacking that inspired Steve Jobs. … It's also available in Rosenbaum's collection The Secret Parts of Fortune.  Also in Slate: Rosenbaum reflects on the article that inspired Steve Jobs.
Discussion: Fast Company
Brad Molen / Engadget:
AT&T starts CTIA off right by introducing five new smartphones to its Android lineup  —  At CTIA last March, AT&T stole the show by announcing its intent to purchase T-Mobile US.  This time around, the news is a bit more modest in comparison but the company's still hoping to give us a bit …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Alfred, The iOS Butler, Serves Up Serendipity On A Silver Platter  —  Back in July I wrote about a nifty iPhone app called Alfred.  It's a sort of Yelp meets Pandora: you tell it what kind of restaurants you like, and then it tries to make some solid recommendations.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Nvidia Chips to Power World's Most Powerful Supercomputer  —  It's been about a year since the United States lost its title as the home of the world's most powerful publicly known supercomputer.  Last November, the “Jaguar” computer based at the U.S. government's Oak Ridge National Laboratory …
Discussion: The Register and VentureBeat
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Good Technology eyes developers, launches Good Dynamics  —  Summary: Good Technology rolls out a mobile software development platform for Apple's iOS to enable more enterprise-grade tablet apps.  —  Good Technology, best known for its enterprise push email software, is getting into the software development business.
Discussion: Good Press Release and GigaOM
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
As Expected, Alternative DNS Systems Sprouting Up To Ignore US Censorship  —  After the US government, via Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division, started seizing domains without any notification or adversarial hearing (things that most of the world would consider …
 
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
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Discussion: GigaOM, FierceWireless and CNET News
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