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10:05 AM ET, October 12, 2011

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Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
iPhone 4S review  —  Reviewing the iPhone 4S is in many ways a lot like reviewing the original iPhone 4, except that it's not.  The device, which was just announced at a special event on Apple's campus, is very much the same phone the company released in June of 2010 — but it's also something completely new.
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Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
The iPhone Finds Its Voice  —  Sometimes, as we all know, looks can be deceiving.  While Apple's latest iPhone doesn't look different, and may not be the kind of blockbuster people expect from the late Steve Jobs's company, it thinks different, to quote one of Apple's old ad slogans.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPhone 4S  —  This is the easiest product review I've ever written.  The iPhone 4S is exactly what Apple says it is: just like the iPhone 4, but noticeably faster, with a significantly improved camera, and an impressive new voice-driven feature called Siri.  —  Siri  —  Siri feels like old-school Apple.
Kevin Purcell / GottaBeMobile:
Where to Buy an iPhone 4S on Launch Day
Discussion: iPhone Alley
Philip Reitinger / PlayStation Blog:
An Important Message From Sony's Chief Information Security Officer  —  We want to let you know that we have detected attempts on Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment ("Networks") services to test a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database.
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Electronista:
Sony: 93,000 PlayStation, SOE gamers' accounts cracked  —  Sony locks down 93K accounts after possible breach  —  Sony's chief security officer Philip Reitinger warned late Tuesday that there had been a “massive” account cracking attempt on the PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment.
Discussion: Kotaku, CNET News, VG247 and Destructoid
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Millions of BlackBerry users cut off for third day  —  (Reuters) - Millions of BlackBerry users around the world were left without text communication services for a third day on Wednesday as Research in Motion struggled to fix what it said was a switching failure in its private network.
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
BlackBerry users revolt against RIM as disruption spreads  —  RIM faces customer fury at further loss of services such as BlackBerry Messenger (updated with new statement from RIM)  —  Smartphone maker Research In Motion (RIM) is facing a user revolt after tens of millions of users in Europe …
Euan Rocha / Reuters:
RIM tells BlackBerry users of outage in Americas
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iCloud.com Website Updated, No Longer in “Beta”  —  Apple seems to be putting the finishing touches on their new iCloud service. iCloud.com has been updated this evening with a new login screen.  The service now shows icons in the background and a new login that no longer is listed as “beta” …
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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Find My Friends app goes live ahead of iOS 5 release  —  Apple has just released the Find My Friends app which lets you locate your contacts on a map and share your own location with them.  The program is not available directly on the App Store.  Instead, you must log in to iCloud.com …
Discussion: GigaOM, Gizmodo and Business Insider
Katherine Boehret / AllThingsD:   Apple Helps Devices Get Their Heads in the Cloud
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs on Why He Wore Turtlenecks  —  Steve Jobs's black turtlenecks helped make him the world's most recognizable CEO.  But the Apple co-founder wouldn't have worn them if his employees had accepted the nylon jacket he proposed as a corporate uniform instead.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Samsung ambushes Apple's iPhone 4S launch in Sydney  —  Apple fans queue outside Sydney's Apple store for Friday's delivery of the new iPhone 4S as bargain-hunters queue for the $2 Samsung Galaxy S II, just one shop away.  —  Samsung has ambushed the launch of the iPhone 4S by offering $2 smartphones …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga launches three HTML5 games to run on mobile browsers  —  As part of a big game platform Zynga is announcing today, the company is launching three new titles that will run across platforms and can be embedded in Facebook's new mobile iPad app.  The three new games use the HTML5 web platform format …
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Joe Brockmeier / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Guns for Amazon Web Services with New Storage, App Engine Offerings  —  Google is turning up the heat with its cloud services for the enterprise.  Today the company bundled up several announcements ranging from the Cloud SQL service in limited preview to promoting Cloud Storage out of Google Labs.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
AMD FX processor brings eight cores to battle, we go eyes-on (video)  —  AMD fans have endured a long wait for this, while being reduced to spectators as Intel spews out an ever-increasing horde of Sandy Bridge variants and builds up the hype around its next-gen Ivy Bridge architecture.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Opera proposal brings a book look to the Web  —  OSLO, Norway—Opera Software is a browser company, but its chief technology officer believes the modern Web still could learn a thing or two from publishing technology that's hundreds of years old.  —  At the company's Up North Web press event here …
Discussion: The Register and PC Pro
Jonathan Mayer / Stanford Center for Internet …:
Tracking the Trackers: Where Everybody Knows Your Username  —  Click the local Home Depot ad and your email address gets handed to a dozen companies monitoring you.  Your web browsing, past, present, and future, is now associated with your identity.  Swap photos with friends on Photobucket …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
HP's Layoffs Taking Effect, ~500 Gone From San Diego Group  —  The “reduction in workforce” telegraphed by HP a few weeks ago appears to finally be taking place, according to a source inside the company.  Apparently the formal emails have gone out and the entire San Diego Software unit is being rolled up.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AppleCare+ to End Informal Free Replacement Policy for Damaged iPhones  —  Last week, we noted that Apple had introduced a new “AppleCare+” offering for iPhone, replacing the previous $69 AppleCare with the new $99 warranty extending coverage to two years from the date of device purchase …
 
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Matt Mullenweg:
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Google: Android Market back up in China
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sutter: C++11 kicks old-school coding into 21st century
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
“Going BitTorrent” Settles FrostWire's FTC Charges
Zachary Lichaa / Business Insider:
Here's What Mayor Bloomberg Announced Tonight At New York Tech Meetup
Discussion: Business Insider
Dan / Droid Life:
BOLT Browser Goes Live In The Android Market
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New Apple Software Adds Features to Older Phones
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Apple releases iTunes 10.5 with support for iOS 5 wireless syncing
 

 
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