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1:25 AM ET, October 13, 2011

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Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
Siri says some weird things  —  Look, I'm not going to go into great detail about what I've been doing with Siri during my testing period, but I will tell you this — Siri says some crazy stuff.  —  Hit the gallery below for a look at a number of bizarre items the AI / voice recognition …
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Dylan Love / Business Insider:
Updating To iOS 5 Has Been A Massive Headache  —  Ever since iOS 5 was made available to the public around 1 PM ET or so, we've been attempting to update in vain.  —  The download goes through, but an error message keeps popping up when people try to install iOS 5.
Dan Moren / Macworld:
iOS 5 Review: Ambitious update rings in the changes  —  It seems like every time a major software revision comes along, it's described as the “biggest ever.”  In the case of iOS 5, though, that might not be hyperbole—there's hardly a part of Apple's mobile operating system that isn't altered in some way by the latest update.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases OS X 10.7.2 with iCloud Support  —  As part of Apple's rollout of its iCloud service today, Apple has just released OS X 10.7.2.  The new update includes support for iCloud and will ensure that users have full access to their iCloud-hosted data across all of their devices.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google Engineer: “Google+ is a Prime Example of Our Complete Failure to Understand Platforms”  —  Last night, high-profile Google engineer Steve Yegge mistakenly posted a long rant about working at Amazon and Google's own issues with creating platforms on Google+.
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Steve Yegge / Google+:
Hi external-world folks,  —  I posted a long opinionated rant tonight about how I think Google could be doing a much better job of thinking from the ground up in terms of services rather than products.  Sadly, it was intended to be an internal post, visible to everybody at Google, but not externally.
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Web Start-Ups Hit Cash Crunch  —  As New Companies Proliferate, Financing Is Drying Up; Some Founders Seek Bridge Loans,  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Amid a glut of Web start-ups, some strains are starting to show.  —  For most of this year, a start-up fever, fueled by Facebook Inc. and others, has gripped Silicon Valley.
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Venture capital on pace for biggest year since dot-com era
Discussion: CB Insights and CNET News
Chris Sacca / @sacca:
@gaberivera @cdixon @naval I definitely don't agree with the article. Valuations are still high and I haven't seen evidence of cash crunch.
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Picked the Wrong Day to Die  —  There's no such thing as a good time for RIM to leave half its customers without messaging or internet.  But the problem's been getting worse, not better—on the day that Apple makes its strongest case for total dominance.
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
RIM: Right now we're letting you down, here's what's actually going on with BlackBerry service
Discussion: AllThingsD and Reuters, Thanks:alex_clough
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
“We Are Absolutely in a Feature Race,” Says Bradley Horowitz of Google+  —  As Facebook changes to become more about personal expression and oversharing, and Twitter maintains it will stay simple rather than get caught up in a feature race, how will Google+ respond?
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Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011: Computer scientist, Unix co-creator, C programming language co-inventor  —  Computer scientist Dennis Ritchie is reported to have died at his home this past weekend, after a long battle against an unspecified illness.  No further details are available at the time of this blog post.
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Apple prepping movie cloud service  —  Apple Inc. is preparing to put movies in the cloud, entering a market in which it may be both competitor and ally to a similar offering backed by most Hollywood studios.  —  Representatives of the iPhone and iPad maker have been meeting with studios …
Foursquare Blog:
The real world, now in real-time!  Say hi to foursquare Radar!  —  [The new version should be available in the App Store soon!  Thanks for your patience]  —  The initial vision for foursquare centered around one question: can we build something to help make the world easier to use.
Ramzi Amri / Quora:
Why did Steve Jobs choose not to effectively treat his cancer?  —  Answer: I hesitated a long time before addressing this topic, but now that someone asked me to, I'll just do it.  To avoid any risks of bias, let me start by stating that all the details on Jobs specific case are based on secondary sources …
Reuters:
AOL CEO pitches investors on Yahoo deal: sources  —  (Reuters) - AOL Inc CEO Tim Armstrong has been meeting with top shareholders in the past couple of weeks to push the idea of a sale to Yahoo Inc that could wring up to $1.5 billion of cost savings, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Sources All Over The Ad Tech Industry Think Google Is Going To Buy Akamai  —  What's the next big move for Google?  —  We're not sure, but multiple ad tech industry sources think Google is about to buy Akamai.  —  We've been chasing a rumor that Google is about to make a big ad tech acquisition.
Discussion: Electronista and The Tech Trade
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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Said Not to Plan Acquisition of Akamai
Discussion: Business Insider
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Sprint won't sell iPhone 4S with unlocked micro-SIM card slot  —  Sprint customers who buy the iPhone 4S will be able to roam internationally on GSM networks, but will not find themselves with unlocked microSIM slots, a Sprint representative tells Ars.  While some initial reports suggested …
Zee / The Next Web:
Diaspora asks users for $25 donation to keep it alive.  Will you donate?  —  Remember Diaspora?  If you believed the hype, it was supposed to be our saviour from the privacy flaws of Facebook - a distributed, decentralized social network.  However, since it launched with plenty of press coverage …
Discussion: Diaspora*, TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
 
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Nick Wingfield / Bits:
Snubbed by Apple, T-Mobile Looks Beyond the iPhone
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
NPD: Already, More Than One In Five Smartphones Sold Is 4G-Ready
Discussion: Electronista
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
AwayFind closes seed funding and comes to Google Apps
Discussion: @qthrul and TechCrunch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt Finally Appears On Google+
Discussion: CNET News, 9to5Google and Mashable!
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Exclusive: Hands-on with Amazon Locker, now working
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Winklevoss Twins to Pay $13 Million to Lawyers for Facebook Settlement
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Universal Dumps $60 Home Video Rental Plan
Discussion: WebProNews and Electronista
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Abandons Plans to Get Its Processors Into Televisions
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to develop Hadoop distributions for Windows Server and Azure
 

 
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