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2:45 PM ET, October 4, 2011

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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Apple's 'Let's Talk iPhone' keynote liveblog!  —  11:11AM Also, if you're in the Cupertino area for the next half-hour or so, swing by and say hello.  We're the pair of dudes near the front with Android handsets.  —  11:11AM Got a few general iPhone fans gathering out here as well to watch the festivities from the sidelines.
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Ryan Block / gdgt live:
Live Apple iPhone 5 event coverage  —  gdgt live is back!  Did you miss us?  Well, we missed you.  So, down to business: we're just little away from (what I can only assume) is Apple's last event of 2011, and they've made it pretty clear they want to talk phones.  Well, let's talk phones, then!
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple iOS 5 hitting on October 12th  —  Apple's iOS 5 will be released on October 12th for all iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, and last two iPod touch generation customers.  We're expecting the Gold Master to be released for developers later today.  Apple's free iOS 5 software update brings …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple announces iPhone 4S: Same design, GSM/CDMA, A5 chip, 7x faster graphics, 8MP, 1080p Video  —  Apple has today introduced the iPhone 4S, a new iPhone with completely retooled innards, featuring Apple's A5 processor.  —  The announcement was made at Apple's “Let's Talk iPhone” event held at the company's Cupertino headquarters.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
iCloud launches October 12, iTunes Match end of October in the U.S., Find My Friends announced  —  Eddy Cue, Apple's new iTunes/iCloud chief, has just one through a series of iCloud features at the company's Cupertino, California campus.  He covered the stuff Steve Jobs already explained during …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple announces voice activated Siri assistant feature for iOS 5, integrates Wolfram Alpha and Wikipedia  —  BREAK THE NEWS!  —  Apple has today announced its long-rumored Siri assistant feature for iOS 5, a voice-activated tool that will allow you to control many aspects of your iPhone and can perform tasks automatically.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Updates iPods With Cheaper iPod Touch and Nano  —  Ahead of introducing its revamped iPhone 4S, Apple on Tuesday introduced a white version of its iPod touch and dropped the price on iPod nanos.  —  The company made only modest changes to the iPod line, but pledged its continued support …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Six Million Copies Of OS X Lion Sold, Outpaces Snow Leopard  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook just announced that Apple sold six million copies of Lion, the company's latest operating system.  Apple released Lion on July 20, adding new iOS-like features to the OS operating system and improving system performance.
Leanna Lofte / TiPb:
Apple announces card printing app, Cards for iPhone
Apple:   Apple Launches iPhone 4S, iOS 5 & iCloud
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple refreshes iPod touch: Now in white, 8GB model dropped to $199, available October 12
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Clayton Morris / @claytonmorris:   Preorders starting 7th... available on 14th.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Apple announces NewsStand partners: New York Times, Wired, National Geographic and more
MG Siegler / parislemon:
On The Next Venture  —  I've been thinking about how I was going to write this post for a while now.  Of course, I didn't anticipate that I would be writing at 2 AM local time in London, where I'm currently visiting to speak at FOWA in a couple of days (that talk also just potentially got more interesting).
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Reuters:
Apple rejects Samsung offer to help end Australia dispute  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has rejected an offer from South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co to help settle their tablet-computer dispute in Australia, hoping for an important court victory there in its global campaign of patent litigation.
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John Brownlee / Cult of Android:
Leaked Sales Numbers Suggest Amazon Kindle Fire On Track To Outsell iPad [Exclusive]  —  Six weeks before it officially goes on sale, Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire is shaping up to be the biggest tablet launch ever... and Cult of Android has the numbers to prove it.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft confirms Zune HD death, “we will no longer be producing Zune players”  —  Microsoft has officially confirmed the death of its Zune player devices.  —  The software giant removed references to the Zune HD from its Zune site on Monday and later claimed that the removal was “a mistake.”
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
HTC confirms security hole, says patch is incoming  —  HTC held true to its promise to look into the security vulnerability that surfaced over the weekend, an apparent glitch that allows any app requesting internet access to take a peek at a user account information, GPS location, system logs, and other potentially private data.
Nik Cubrilovic:
Facebook Re-Enables Controversial Tracking Cookie  —  In May of this year the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook like buttons and other website widgets were setting cookies on visiting browsers.  This cookie could then be read later and used to track the user across different web properties and back to the Facebook site.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Patent Troll Says Anyone Using WiFi Infringes; Won't Sue Individuals ‘At This Stage’  —  Just as some in the copyright trolling business are lowering their settlement fees, but making it up in volume, it appears there's a similar effort under way on the patent trolling side of the world.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Evolving the Start menu … We'd like to share a series of blog posts on the how and why of reimagining Start.  This first post talks about the history and evolution of the Start menu, and several of the problems and trends we've learned from you.  We think it's always important to understand …
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
iPhone Trade-Ins Seen Increasing Five-Fold With Launch Of Long Awaited iPhone 5  —  Trade-ins of old iPhones are at unprecedented levels in anticipation of Apple's iPhone 5 announcement  —  How excited are people for the new iPhone that Apple is expected to announce later today?
 
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