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4:55 AM ET, October 18, 2011

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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.
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David W. Martin / Cult of Mac:
Preliminary Reports Surface About iPhone 4S Screen Quality Issues  —  There is an open discussion on Apple's discussion forum where iPhone 4S owners are reporting problems they are having with their new phones display.  The majority of complaints are about how the display has a yellow tint …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Apple's 4-million-iPhone-4S weekend in context  —  Apple announced this morning that it sold more than 4 million iPhone 4S units over the weekend.  That is an Apple record, a mobile phone record — according to Apple — and maybe even a consumer electronics record.
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iPhone 4S First Weekend Sales Top Four Million
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is At 250 Million Tweets Per Day, iOS 5 Integration Made Signups Increase 3x  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has just dropped some numbers at a dinner here at Web 2.0 Summit.  Costolo revealed that the company has gone from 100 million tweets per day to 1/4 billion tweets per day — a billion tweets every 4-5 days, he said.
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Amir Efrati / Digits:   Twitter CEO Costolo on Apple, Privacy, Free Speech and Google; Far From IPO
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Twitter's CEO Just Confirmed An $8 Billion Valuation
Discussion: AppleInsider, Thanks:docceng
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 …
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 …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
The Missed Red Flags on Groupon  —  This summer, Lloyd Blankfein, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs, flew to Chicago to personally pitch his firm to underwrite what was supposed to be the hottest initial public offering of the year: Groupon, the fledgling online coupon company that was being valued at around $30 billion.
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Samsung accused of lifting iPhone screenshot for Galaxy Player promo  —  Consumer electronics maker Samsung appears to have used a nearly three-year-old screen capture of the Maps application on the iPhone to promote its own Galaxy Player 50 portable media player.
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: Softpedia News, Gawker and Gawker
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.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Ceglia lawyer withdraws from Facebook lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - The New York man claiming half of Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg's lucrative stake in the world's largest social networking company is replacing his main lawyer for a third time, a court filing showed.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Ceglia told lawyer to ignore Facebook court order: filing
Discussion: @fedcourtjunkie and Pulse2
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Greylock, Andreessen Horowitz Back Cloud Enterprise Performance Analytics Startup Tidemark  —  Tidemark, formerly known as Proferi, has closed a $4 million Series B round from existing investors Greylock Partners, Andreessen Horowitz and Dave Duffield, co-founder and co-CEO of Workday and founder …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo CTO Out, But Stays EIR at Company  —  Yahoo CTO Raymie Stata is stepping down as CTO of the Silicon Valley Internet giant, the company confirmed this afternoon, after I made a query about the change.  —  He will be replaced by Ash Munshi, Yahoo said.  —  In a statement, the company said:
Discussion: CNET News, ITworld.com and paidContent
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 …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Livefyre lands $4.5M to take on Facebook comments  —  Livefyre, the software platform that embeds live commenting on websites, has secured $4.5 million in a new round of funding.  The San Francisco-based company says it plans to use the money to hire more engineers and salespeople and expand its products.
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Citigroup CEO targeted by hackers over protest arrests  —  Vikram Pandit, chief executive of Citigroup  —  Hackers released personal information on the head of Citigroup today in retaliation for the arrest of protesters during the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations this weekend.
Discussion: Mashable! and The Daily What
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Five things to watch for in Apple's earnings tomorrow  —  Apple is once again expected to top Wall Street's estimates when it reports its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings tomorrow.  —  The maker of iPhones, iPads, and Macs is expected to post earnings of $7.27 per share on revenue of $29.3 billion …
Discussion: Reuters and GMSV
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Gorgeous Photos, Tablet Browsing: 500px Debuts New iPad App
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
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