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4:55 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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Real Life iPhone 4S' Siri Demonstration Is Pretty Damn Impressive  —  Apple's demos of the new iPhone 4S' Siri smart assistant are very impressive, but they're just controlled demos.  Stuff.tv got their hands on an iPhone 4S and played quite a bit with in a public place.  It's still very impressive.
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.
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.
Zynga:
More social, more fun - Come out and play!  —  We just wrapped up Zynga Unleashed, a news event where we announced brand spankin' new play - including a gaggle of new social games including our next “Ville”, and our very own new play service, code named, “Project Z.”
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Zynga branches away from Facebook, becomes more competitive
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Zynga works ‘social magic’ with new games, Project Z
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.
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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.
CNET News:
iPhone theft suspects enter no-contest plea  —  Two men pleaded no contest today to theft of lost property in a case involving last year's iPhone 4 prototype, which Apple claimed was so valuable that a price could not be placed on it.  —  The men, who were accused of selling the device …
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple releases iTunes 10.5 with support for iOS 5 wireless syncing  —  Apple on Tuesday released iTunes 10.5 for both Mac and PC, bringing with it support for wirelessly syncing with devices running the soon-to-be-released iOS 5.  —  iTunes 10.5 is now available as a direct download from Apple.
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.
Discussion: CNET News
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Asus Zenbook Hands On: Good Lord There's a Lot of Awesome Packed Into Something This Thin  —  It's kind of insane it took a $300 million slush fund from Intel to get notebook makers to create MacBook Air-like ultrabooks, the first results from Asus are, well, pretty damn impressive.
Discussion: Mashable!, VentureBeat and SlashGear
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sutter: C++11 kicks old-school coding into 21st century  —  Language officially infused with Java-like multi-core support  —  There's a new C++ in town: C++11 has been approved and published by international standards chiefs.  —  C++11 is the first major revision to one of the world's most popular programming languages in 13 years.
Discussion: ISO, GotW.ca and Sutter's Mill
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft tweaks the Windows 8 UI following user pushback  —  Microsoft stuck its neck out when it released a very early build of Windows 8 to the world, likely knowing beforehand the level of complaint that it was going to receive from users who did not appreciate the changes implemented.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Amazon Had A Really Strong September  —  Amazon got a lot more visitors in September than it did last year, which points to a strong Q3.  —  According to Comscore, Amazon's pageviews in the U.S. were up 26% in September and 19% in Q3 versus a year ago, while unique U.S. visitors grew 25% to 79 million.
AllThingsD:
New Apple Software Adds Features to Older Phones  —  Even for an iPhone owner who chooses not to upgrade to the new iPhone 4S, now there are hundreds of new software features, big and small, for current phones.  The same goes for iPads and recent iPod Touch devices.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Xyologic Releases Hundreds Of Reports Detailing Worldwide Mobile App Trends  —  App search company Xyologic is today releasing a total of 220 app download reports, featuring detailed data on Android, iOS and Windows Phone trends across 29 countries worldwide.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Subscription Service For Kids Activities Kiwi Crate Raises $2 Million  —  Kiwi Crate, a new subscription service for kids activities, has raised $2 million in funding led by First Round Capital.  Additional investors in the company include the Mayfield Fund, Comcast Ventures, Felicis Ventures …
 
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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Verisign wants power to shut sites down upon law enforcement request
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One Million Backers  —  Last week a woman named Rachel Perrie pledged …
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