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2:40 PM ET, October 13, 2011

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iFixit:
iPhone 4S Teardown  —  iFixit: “Siri, may we disassemble you for all to see?” iPhone 4S (Siri): “42” iFixit: “I didn't ask for the meaning of life, Siri...” iPhone 4S (Siri): “42 is the number of seconds you have left until I initiate the self-destruct sequence...” iFixit: “Message received.”
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Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Apple's New IPhone Sells Out at U.S. Carriers  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s latest iPhone has sold out for pre-order at AT&T Inc. (T), Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) according to the carriers' websites, signaling customer demand even before it goes on sale in stores tomorrow.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: We're Gonna Need a Bigger iPhone Order  —  With demand for its new iPhone 4S still running strong following an initial surge of preorders, Apple is reportedly ratcheting up production volume on the device.  —  Supply chain sources tell the Commercial Times that Pegatron Technology …
Fred / A VC:
What We Are Seeing  —  The Wall Street Journal has a story out today that says “Web Startups Hit Cash Crunch.”  There has been a fair bit of reaction in the tech blogs and I thought I'd toss into the discussion some things we are seeing:  —  1) There are so many startups out there raising money.
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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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Web “Start-Ups” Hit Cash Crunch. Or Don't, Depending On Whom You Ask
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
New Data Shows Why the Wall Street Journal is Confused About the Startup Cash Crunch
Discussion: CB Insights, PE Hub Blog and CNET News, Thanks:megan
Bryce Roberts / BRYCE DOT VC:   The Pig Passing Through The Python
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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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Outlook 2010 PC? It's iCloud Or Google Calendar Sync, Not Both - And Outlook 2011 Mac Gets No Love
Discussion: @stshank
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 …
Business Week:
Scott Forstall, the Sorcerer's Apprentice at Apple  —  The iOS chief is a lot like his mentor Steve Jobs: brilliant, presents well, a tenacious infighter—arguably just the taskmaster Apple needs to stay on top  —  The deteriorating health of Steve Jobs loomed over Apple's Oct. 4 press event …
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
Duck Duck Go  —  When I first got into the venture capital business in the early 90s, it seemed to me that half of the deals I brought to the partnership were dismissed with the line “sure it's cool but what the heck do they do if Microsoft decides to enter this business.”
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Gabriel Weinberg / Gabriel Weinberg's Blog:
DuckDuckGo is growing - welcome USV et al.!
Discussion: CNET News
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Steve Jobs patent enables Apple to shut down any new Android product in Australia  —  In a posthumous triumph for the late Steve Jobs, one of his more than 300 patents — a patent on touchscreen heuristics — just helped Apple score a major legal win in Australia that lends momentum …
Khidr Suleman / V3.co.uk:
Dell World: Dell gearing up to launch Windows 8 devices as Android disappoints  —  AUSTIN: Dell is throwing its weight firmly behind the Windows 8 tablet platform in a bid to challenge the dominance of the Apple iPad 2.  —  Michael Dell, founder and chief executive of Dell …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
RIM Says Service Back Globally After Outage  —  Research In Motion said on Thursday that its service is returning to normal levels following a days-long outage in Europe that spread globally.  —  “BlackBerry services are operating well globally,” the company said in a statement.
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Microsoft inks Android, Chrome deal with Quanta  —  Microsoft has signed a patent deal with Quanta Computer, the latest in an ongoing effort to convince hardware makers that they need to license technology from the software giant if they intend to use Google's Android and Chrome operating systems for their devices.
Bloomberg:
KKR, Blackstone Said to Weigh Yahoo Takeover  —  KKR & Co. and Blackstone Group LP (BX) are among the private-equity firms considering possible bids for Yahoo! Inc., according to people with knowledge of the matter.  —  The firms may become part of a consortium that would pool the financing needed …
Nielsen Wire:
40% of Tablet and Smartphone Owners Use Them While Watching TV  —  American consumers are increasingly connected and our recent survey shows they are increasingly multitasking when it comes to multimedia.  —  Roughly 40 percent of tablet and smartphone owners in the U.S. used their devices daily …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Windows Phone, a year on  —  Windows Phone is in limbo.  The company acknowledged that it has performed below expectations.  During the last quarter for which we have data (ending June) I have an estimate that Windows Phone sold only 1.4 million units (Gartner's sell-through analysis suggests 1.7 million).
Discussion: eWeek, The Appside, DailyTech and SlashGear
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mobile data traffic doubled in past 12 months  —  Thanks to our obsession with our iPhones, Android devices and iPads, the demand for mobile data is exploding.  Data from Ericsson, which makes a majority of its money by selling hardware to mobile phone companies, shows that from the second quarter …
Discussion: @mrinaldesai and Datamation.com
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011: Computer scientist, Unix co-creator, C programming language designer  —  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.
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?
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Privacy alert: Verizon is now monitoring your mobile Web habits  —  Verizon Wireless users, listen up:  —  Verizon is making a significant change to its privacy policy for mobile users this week.  By default, the company will now use a bunch of your info for “certain business and marketing reports” …
Jesse Drucker / Bloomberg:
IRS Auditing How Google Shifted Profits Offshore to Avoid Taxes  —  Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is auditing how Google Inc. avoided federal income taxes by shifting profit into offshore subsidiaries, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
Mark Saldana / The Box Blog:
iPad and iPhone Users Get 50 GB FREE Starting Tonight #Box50GB  —  As evidenced by the overwhelming crowds during past iPhone and iPad launches, it's clear that our lives revolve around mobile.  That's why we're happy to announce that we're giving away 50 GB of free storage to anyone who uses a Box Personal account on an iOS device.
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google Maps puts WebGL 3D graphics to use  —  WebGL isn't just for bouncy-marble demos anymore.  Google Maps, a major site, now uses the 3D graphics technology after years of development.
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
LightSquared: GPS fix to cost industry $400M  —  SAN DIEGO—Start-up wireless provider LightSquared said today it will cost the commercial GPS industry as much as $400 million for gear that will eliminate the interference potentially caused by its planned next-generation network.
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Clearwire: Q3 sales better than expected; 9.5 million subscribers
Discussion: CNET News and Tech Trader Daily
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
SOS Online Backup launches cloud backup for Facebook, devices
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Rebtel's new iPhone VoIP app can hop between data/voice networks, a first
Discussion: TechCrunch
Bloomberg:
‘Angry Birds’ Maker May Hold IPO in 2012, Mighty Eagle Says
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Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
EBay to add image recognition to mobile offerings
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google Q3 earnings preview: Eyes on economy, Motorola Mobility hit
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Ellen Messmer / Network World:
The SSL certificate industry can and should be replaced
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A conversation with Woz
Nick Wingfield / Bits:
Snubbed by Apple, T-Mobile Looks Beyond the iPhone
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Diaspora asks users for $25 donation to keep it alive. Will you donate?
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