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9:25 PM ET, October 17, 2011

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Apple:
iPhone 4S First Weekend Sales Top Four Million  —  Apple® today announced it has sold over four million of its new iPhone® 4S, just three days after its launch on October 14.  In addition, more than 25 million customers are already using iOS 5, the world's most advanced mobile operating system …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 4S Sales Now Reservation-Only at Apple Retail Stores in U.S. and Canada  —  Apple has updated its “how to buy” page for the iPhone 4S to note that Apple retail stores in the United States and Canada are now selling the device on a reservation-only basis.
Jared Newman / PC World:
Early iPhone 4S Problems  —  According to Apple, the iPhone 4S is selling very, very well.  But not everyone is having a smooth experience with Apple's latest handset.  A handful of issues are causing problems for a subset of users.  —  Here's a rundown on some early iPhone 4S issues:
Kellex / Droid Life:
DROID RAZR Revealed Early from Teaser Site  —  We talked earlier this morning about Moto's new teaser site from the DROID RAZR that will slowly be revealed up until launch.  Well, we discovered the image early...spoiler alert?  It matches up to all of the previous leaks we have seen …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Introducing Instapaper 4.0 for iPad and iPhone  —  The iPhone reading screens also no longer show the top status bar by default (but there's an option to put it back).  This gives a larger, less distracting reading area without sacrificing easy access to the toolbar or annoying customers with finicky full-screen tap modes.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Sean Parker: Yes, My New Startup Is Called Airtime  —  The Web 2.0 Summit kicked off today.  —  Mark Pincus was supposed to kick it off, but canceled on Friday.  Presumably that's because of concerns over the company's IPO period.  —  Instead the irrepressible Sean Parker took …
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Sean Parker on Facebook: “There's good creepy and there's bad creepy”
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Scoop: Skype founders gunning for Netflix with Vdio  —  Updated.  With Skype's sale to Microsoft finally sealed, one might wonder: What are Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the European serial entrepreneurs that have founded KaZaA, Skype, Joost and Rdio, up to next?
Tim Moynihan / PC World:
Smartphone Camera Battle: iPhone 4S vs. the Android Elite  —  The iPhone 4S offers better camera specs than previous iPhones, but does it capture better-looking stills and videos than the best Android phones?  Let's find out.  —  By now, you've probably heard rumblings about why point …
Discussion: eWeek and Android Phone Fans
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
HTC loses early U.S. decision vs Apple  —  (Reuters) - Taiwan's HTC Corp lost a patent infringement complaint filed against Apple Inc in a preliminary decision at the U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday.  —  An ITC administrative law judge found “no violation” …
Spencer Spinnell / The Official Google Blog:
More Google Wallet merchants are live.  Now you can pay AND save in a single tap.  —  We're hearing from people at check-out counters throughout the country that paying with your phone is a little like magic.  Just look at the ecstatic reaction on the faces of our friends who made their first Google Wallet purchases last Thursday.
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Price of Bitcoin Still Dropping, Falls Below the Price of Mining  —  The price of Bitcoin continues to drop by about a dollar every week to ten days, currently settling at about $2.80 USD, and Bitcoin enthusiasts are starting to get worried.  “I am not trying to cause a panic here …
Discussion: Gawker and Gawker
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Gorgeous Photos, Tablet Browsing: 500px Debuts New iPad App  —  Toronto-based photography community 500px, the Flickr alternative which recently raised $525,000 in Series A, is now available on the iPad in app format.  The new app includes all the feeds you would find on the site …
Discussion: GigaOM
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
UberMedia launches Twitter/Digg/Reddit/Facebook clone Chime.in  —  UberMedia CEO Bill Gross isn't dodging the fact that his latest app, Chime.in, is a patchwork of other successful apps.  —  “It's an amalgam of blogging and Reddit and Facebook — there's aspects of each in there,” he told VentureBeat in a phone interview last week.
Ron Amadeo / Android Police:
[Exclusive] The Ice Cream Sandwich Gallery Is Likely Getting A Built-In Photo Editor; We've Got The Feature List  —  Google is working on building a photo editor into the Android Gallery.  That much we're certain about - we've got the icons for it.  It's not 100% confirmed that this will actually ship …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Ceglia told lawyer to ignore Facebook court order: filing  —  (Reuters) - The New York man claiming half of Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg's stake in the social networking company told his lawyer not to comply with a court order to turn over email data, a court filing shows.
Discussion: @fedcourtjunkie and Pulse2
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
4chan's Chris Poole: Facebook & Google Are Doing It Wrong  —  Chris Poole delivered the most powerful 10 minutes of Web philosophy of the afternoon at Web 2.0.  The man formerly known as moot - founder of anonymous image sharing den 4chan and its new, better-lit cousin, Canvas …
Discussion: Digits, GigaOM, AllThingsD and VentureBeat
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Hold on to your pants: Microsoft ‘PocketTouch’ enables device input through fabric  —  Microsoft researchers have come up with a way to make devices sensitive to touch input through fabric — for silencing a phone or even entering text without taking the device out of a pocket or bag.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AmEx Leads $12 Million Round In Clickable, Which Wants To “Become The AdWords Of Social”  —  When it comes to managing search and social marketing campaigns, Clickable is cementing its position across a broad spectrum of marketers, especially small and medium sized businesses.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Betabeat
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's plan for bringing its BI tools to iOS, Android, and Windows 8 devices  —  Summary: Microsoft outlined its mobile BI roadmap, which includes support for Microsoft business intelligence tools on iOS, Android and Windows 8 over the next year-plus.  —  While Microsoft's coming Hadoop …
Discussion: The Next Web
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Weakening Ad Business Vexes Yahoo Amid Sale Talk  —  As Yahoo Inc. shops itself to potential buyers, its core advertising business is weakening.  That trend is evident through Craig Atkinson's ad agency.  —  Mr. Atkinson is president of ad giant Omnicom Media Group's PHD unit …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IBM Posts Q3 Revenue Of $26.2B With Net Income Up 7 Percent To $3.8B; Ups Outlook  —  IBM has released its third quarter results today, with non-GAAP diluted earnings coming in at $3.28 per share, compared with operating diluted earnings of $2.85 per share in the third quarter of 2010, an increase of 15 percent.
Adam Mills / GottaBeMobile:
T-Mobile Announces New “Unlimited” 4G Data Plans  —  Just a day after T-Mobile introduced an exclusive no-contract 4G data plan through Walmart, the carrier is at it again and it has announced four more 4G data plans that might interest those of you who aren't interested in signing a contract with the carrier.
Eric Enge / Stone Temple Consulting:
Search Algorithms with Google Director of Research Peter Norvig  —  Peter Norvig is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery.  At Google Inc he was Director of Search Quality, responsible for the core web search algorithms from 2002-2005 …
Vincent Chang / cellular-news:
Samsung marks 30 million global sales of Galaxy S and Galaxy SII  —  ­Samsung Electronics today announced that its Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy SII smartphones have achieved a combined total of 30 million global sales.  —  Galaxy SII has set a new record for Samsung …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Adobe Releases Adobe Reader for iOS  —  Adobe today released its popular Adobe Reader PDF reading application for iOS devices; the software, available for free on the App Store, runs natively on the iPhone and iPad as a universal app.  Back in August, Adobe released CreatePDF for iOS …
 
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