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6:20 PM ET, October 4, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Launches iPhone 4S, iOS 5 & iCloud  —  iPhone 4S Features Dual-Core A5 Chip, All New Camera, Full 1080p HD Video Recording & Introduces Siri  —  Apple® today announced iPhone® 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple's dual-core A5 chip …
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Peter Cohen / The Loop:
iPhone 4S, with dual-core processor and Siri, coming Oct. 14  —  Apple on Tuesday introduced the iPhone 4S.  The new phone comes out on Friday, October 14, 2011 and will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models.  Carrier-subsidized prices in the US are $199, $299 and $399 respectively.
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.
Peter Cohen / The Loop:
Apple posts 'Let's Talk iPhone' keynote stream  —  Apple posts 'Let's Talk iPhone' keynote stream  —  By now you've probably read coverage of Tuesday's “Let's Talk iPhone” event at Apple's Cupertino campus, where Tim Cook and company took the wraps off of the new iPhone 4S …
Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo:
Siri Personal Assistant Only Works on the iPhone 4S  —  Siri is crazy.  Being able to talk to your phone like a real person is the stuff of Sci-Fi.  Here's the catch: You won't be able to use it unless you've got an iPhone 4S.  —  Siri's built into a bunch of apps already …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple refreshes iPod touch: Now in white, 8GB model dropped to $199, available October 12  —  Apple's marketing honcho Phil Schiller took it upon himself to unveil a refreshed iPod touch lineup, which now includes both black and white models (remember, we called both), plus a new breakthrough price of just $199.
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.
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 …
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 …
CNET News:   Live demo: Siri on Sprint iPhone 4S
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Apple's “Find My Friends” Location Feature Is More Like Glympse Than Foursquare
Leanna Lofte / TiPb:
Apple announces card printing app, Cards for iPhone
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Apple announces NewsStand partners: New York Times, Wired, National Geographic and more
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Was NOT Hacked  —  Hey people, Apple.com was NOT hacked.  This is what happened:  —  The internet uses something called domain names to work.  There are first level domains (like .com), second level domains (like .apple.) and third level domains (like www.).
Thanks:gizmodo
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
“Access Denied”: Apple.com Goes Down Post-iPhone 4S Event  —  In case you were nowhere near Twitter for the past twenty-five minutes or so — where “access denied” is trending — Apple.com has been going down and then back up, down and then back up for gasp almost a half hour, showing the above error message.
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
“Perplexed” by U.S. Ownership Rules, Alibaba's Ma Yellow Lights Yahoo Buying Parade  —  After his unusually enthusiastic declaration at a Silicon Valley event last week that “we are very, very interested” in buying the “whole” of Yahoo, you'd might imagine Alibaba Group co-founder …
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Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Yahoo readies books for potential buyers: sources
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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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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.”
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Napster's Undoing: Company-wide layoffs coming Dec. 16  —  Rhapsody's purchase of Napster from Best Buy looks more and more like a glorified funeral.  Sure, Rhapsody gains a few hundred thousand new subscribers — even though it's unclear how many will actually stay around …
Discussion: Billboard.Biz and Electronista, Thanks:loyalelectron
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Now Has 1,600 Advertisers  —  Twitter's Chief Revenue Officer Adam Bain took the stage at IAB's Mixx Conference today and revealed a few milestones for the communications platform, specifically in the advertising area.  Bain said that Twitter now has 1,600 advertisers using the platform …
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.
 
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Megan Barnett / Fortune:
Marissa Mayer: I thought Google had a 2% chance of success
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