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11:45 PM ET, October 15, 2011

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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Siri Service on Apple's iPhone 4S Talks Back With Humor  —  New Devices Dish Out Sarcasm, Tell Jokes; ‘Two iPhones Walk Into a Bar’  —  Now even your phone talks back.  —  Matt Legend Gemmell, a software designer from Edinburgh, got a new Apple Inc. iPhone on Friday and asked it: “Who's your daddy?”
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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 …
Rusty Blazenhoff / Laughing Squid:
One Year-Old Baby Thinks Magazine Is an iPad That Does Not Work  —  Jean-Louis Constanza posted a video, titled A Magazine Is an iPad That Does Not Work, featuring a one-year old baby trying to manipulate a traditional paper magazine like a touchscreen Apple iPad. … via Nerdcore
Gizmodo:
The Great iPhone 4S National Network Speed Test  —  You did it.  You've got your brand new iPhone.  Siri!  The better camera!  But how fast is it on your carrier's network?  Push that download to the max.  —  Using our Official Gizmodo Download Speed Ultra Test 6500™, you can check how your mobile downloads stack up.
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Launch of the iPhone 4S Leads to Siri-ously Good Sales for Carriers
Business Week:
The Shadowy World of iPhone Cases  —  Smartphone case makers rely on rumors and leaks to get their products on the market first  —  In the weeks leading up to Apple's Oct. 4 announcement about the new iPhone 4S, Tim Hickman lived and breathed rumors about the device.
Dave McClure / Quora:
500 Startups: A Continuing Work in Progress.  —  ok, it's been over a year since http://500startups.com has been up & running (altho almost two years we've been working on deals, and about 9 months we've been running the incubator/accelerator).  in any case, while we may still be rookie VCs …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple already selling unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S in the United States  —  Although Apple says that they will begin selling unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S units in the United States in November, we have learned otherwise.  Select Apple Stores in the United States …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
SecondMarket Facebook Auction #43 Fails To Clear Any Shares  —  All this year TechCrunch and others were covering the weekly SecondMarket auctions for Facebook stock.  2.7 million shares, for example, cleared in aggregate the first five auction at prices ranging from $21.01 to $28.26 per share.
Discussion: Business Insider
Richard L. Brandt / Wall Street Journal:
Jeff Bezos of Amazon: Birth of a Salesman  —  Behind the rise of Jeff Bezos and Amazon: Richard L. Brandt on the founder's Texas roots, the site's chaotic early days, why negative reviews are allowed and his increasing use of personal data.  —  Jeffrey Preston Bezos was 4 years old …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
New Firefox interface to speed up Firefox on Android  —  Mozilla has decided that when it comes to Android devices, performance is more important than the wealth of add-ons that can be used to customize Firefox.  —  Yesterday, Mozilla's Director of Firefox Engineering Johnathan Nightingale announced …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Computerworld
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Google's Honeycomb offensive musters just 3.4m tablets  —  Apple's iPad may still be sitting pretty at the top of the consumer tablet charts, but questions still remain over whether Android 3.x Honeycomb really has been a sales failure so far.  Google and its manufacturer partners are yet …
Bradley Horowitz / Google+:
Buzzkill  —  As you may have read, today we announced our plans to retire Google Buzz along with some other products.  Many people anticipated that we would retire Buzz, so this shouldn't come as a huge surprise.  But as someone closely involved in the creation of Buzz, I wanted to share some personal thoughts.
 
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David Meyer / BBC:
EU plan to spend billions on boosting broadband speeds
Zach Epstein / BGR:
U.S. emerges as global 4G LTE leader after less than a year
Discussion: Pyramid Research and PhoneArena
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Oliver Samwer walks out of an interview with TechCrunch
Discussion: Unfiltered Opinion …, Thanks:mikebutcher
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