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5:20 AM ET, October 15, 2011

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Bradley Horowitz / The Official Google Blog:
A fall sweep  —  We aspire to build great products that really change people's lives, products they use two or three times a day.  To succeed you need real focus and thought—thought about what you work on and, just as important, what you don't work on.  It's why we recently decided to shut …
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Bradley Horowitz / Google+:
Buzzkill  —  As you may have read, today we announced our plans …
Discussion: The Sociable
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Axes More Services: Jaiku, Buzz, Code Search & More
Discussion: BGR, silicontap.com and @ded
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Google's Buzz kill completes shift to Google+
Discussion: @edbott and Computerworld
Jeff Benjamin / iDownloadBlog.com:
iPhone 4S Showdown: AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint Speed Test!  —  AT&T has not one, but two worthy competitors ready to battle it out for iPhone 4S supremacy, and this time the playing field is far more level than it's ever been.  —  No longer is Verizon relegated to playing catchup, and did you hear?
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Launch of the iPhone 4S Leads to Siri-ously Good Sales for Carriers  —  It's not a shocker, but the availability of the iPhone 4S gave Sprint its best sales day ever.  —  The company, which is investing heavily to at long last get the iPhone on its network, said it broke its record by 1 pm ET on Friday.
Jon Orlin / TechCrunch:
Steve Wozniak On How The iPhone 4S Will Change His Life (TCTV)  —  Steve Wozniak likes to be the first person in line to buy the latest Apple products.  This evening, the Apple co-founder and designer of the Apple I and II, was #1 on line outside the Apple store in Los Gatos, California to get the iPhone 4S.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
AT&T Activations Servers Overloaded with iPhone 4S Launch  —  As has happened in the past, it seems AT&T's activation servers are having problems with the large influx of activations with the iPhone 4S launch.  A quick search of Twitter shows many having problems activating their AT&T iPhone 4Ss due to server issues.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Apple shares close at all time high on day of iPhone 4S launch
Discussion: Shiny Objects and CNET News
AppleInsider:
iPhone 4S launch draws crowds at Apple stores around the world
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Steve Jobs Memorial Service To Be Held Oct. 16  —  Apple Inc. has invited some of Silicon Valley's biggest names to a memorial service for Steve Jobs Sunday, Oct. 16, according to a copy of the invitation and several invitees.  —  The event will be held at Stanford University's campus Sunday evening, according to the invitation.
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Discussion: Mashable!, The Next Web, Bits and BetaNews
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Siri voice command system ported from iPhone 4S to iPhone 4 (video)  —  Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has been working with 9to5Mac exclusively to port the iPhone 4S Siri voice command system to the iPhone 4.  Troughton-Smith was able to get the beginning steps of a full port rolling …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Post-PC LibreOffice heads for Web, iOS, Android  —  LibreOffice programmers are working to bring the LibreOffice suite, whose presentation module is shown here, to iOS, Android, and browsers.  —  LibreOffice, the project forked from OpenOffice.org, is moving into the modern era …
Discussion: Ars Technica and The H Open Source, Thanks:stshank
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPad 3 Headed Into Production  —  With the iPhone 4S arriving at market today, the never-sated Apple rumor mill is clamoring for more grist.  And, as always, there's plenty of it to be had, this time involving the iPad 3.  —  According to Susquehanna Financial analyst Jeff Fidacaro, the device is headed into production.
Vincent Paquet / Google Voice Blog:
First steps Towards MMS support  —  MMS has been one of the constant feature requests since we launched Google Voice and we've been hard at work trying to make this happen.  —  Today, we're happy to announce that we've made the first step in our efforts to bring this feature to our users.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
The Three Ventureers: Andreessen Horowitz Joining Conway and Milner in Y Combinator Start Fund  —  Silicon Valley venture firm Andreessen Horowitz said today that it was joining well-known investors Ron Conway and DST Global's Yuri Milner in the Y Combinator Start Fund, which gives $150,000 to each start-up in its semi-annual group.
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Rolls Out New App Authentication Flow That Ups Privacy and Transparency  —  Facebook is granting all developers access to a new application authentication flow today that was announced at f8 last month.  Developers can now add a description of their app that will be displayed in a redesigned publishing permissions dialog.
Discussion: WebProNews
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Congress, wary of Amazon's Silk browser, demands answers on privacy  —  Congress is trying to wrap its collective head around Amazon's new Silk Web browser.  —  At a privacy hearing yesterday, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) expressed outrage at the way Silk's “split” design can funnel all user browsing data through Amazon's backend servers.
Jameson Berkow / Financial Post:
What the BlackBerry outage will cost RIM  —  The most severe BlackBerry service disruption in the history of Research In Motion Ltd. could cost the Canadian mobile device maker more than US$100-million in lost revenues.  —  As some argue the damage to RIM's future ability to brand its smartphones …
 
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CNN:
Suspect in celebrity hacker case ordered to Los Angeles
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Apparently, FBI's ‘Forensics Team’ Creates Aged Photos Of Terrorists By Doing Random Google Image Searches
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Barnes & Noble Takes Over Borders' Website, Facebook and Twitter Accounts
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Brian Carter / All Facebook:
The Average Facebook Post Lives 22 Hours And 51 Minutes
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Paul Carr's ‘The New Gambit’ Wants To Be ‘The Economist,’ But Funny (And Tablet-Only!)
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U.S. Copyright Czar Cozied Up to Content Industry, E-Mails Show
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla bashes Microsoft's browser security test
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Amazon Lists All Its Verizon Phones For One Penny With A New Contract
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Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook review
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Jail Sentence for Pirate Bay Co-Founder Made Final
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Motorola DROID HD (RAZR/Spyder) specs revealed; said to be ‘faster than the iPhone 4S’
 

 
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