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7:45 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.
CNET News:
Live demo: Siri on Sprint iPhone 4S  —  An Apple employee shows off the various functions of Siri, a new intelligent voice-recognition app that turns the iPhone 4S into a personal assistant.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
If you're disappointed by the iPhone 4S, you're nuts  —  Cue the whiners.  Apple didn't announce an iPhone 5 today, just an updated version of the iPhone 4, called the iPhone 4S.  Apple stock is down a bit in a flat market.  Many are claiming to be disappointed.  But here's the thing: You shouldn't be.
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.
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.
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 …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The iPhone 5 Failboard: How Everyone Got It Wrong  —  A great many Apple fans are hot and bothered that no iPhone 5 emerged today to fill the void in their souls.  But you know who should really feel dejected?  All the tech bloggers who wasted time typing bold proclamations about new features, designs and phones that never came.
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.
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 …
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Apple's “Find My Friends” Location Feature Is More Like Glympse Than Foursquare  —  A new Apple iOS app called “Find My Friends” will allow users to temporarily share their locations on a map with specific users for a specified period.  —  Set to launch with iCloud on Oct. 12 …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Six Million Copies Of OS X Lion Sold, Outpaces Snow Leopard
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Apple announces NewsStand partners: New York Times, Wired, National Geographic and more
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.
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 might imagine Alibaba Group co-founder and CEO Jack Ma running …
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Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Yahoo readies books for potential buyers: sources
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Damon Poeter / PCMag:
Anonymous Threatens to ‘Erase NYSE from the Internet’  —  Anonymous declared “war” on the New York Stock Exchange this weekend and vowed to “erase” the NYSE from the Internet on Oct. 10 as the Occupy Wall Street protest entered its third week in New York City after a weekend that saw hundreds …
Discussion: PC Magazine and Pastebin
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Ben Berkowitz / Reuters:   To occupy Wall Street, occupy the internet first
Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Samsung Says It May Scrap Australia Tablet Plans If Ban Persists  —  Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) — Samsung Electronics Co., locked in patent disputes with Apple Inc., may scrap the release of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia unless it wins approval to sell its newest tablet computer in the next two weeks, a lawyer said.
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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, Thanks:loyalelectron
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 …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Price-Fixing Case Against Apple, Major Book Publishers Mushrooms  —  Back in August, a class action lawsuit was filed against five major book publishers and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), accusing them of colluding to jack up the price of e-books in an effort to wrest back pricing power from Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN).
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to unveil first Windows phones this quarter  —  (Reuters) - Nokia will unveil its first Windows-based smartphones this quarter, targeting a “clear opportunity” for an alternative to the products of big-hitters Apple and Google, the Finnish firm's chief executive said on Tuesday.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM acquires Q1 Labs, creates security division  —  Summary: IBM acquired Q1 Labs for an undisclosed sum and formed a unit that aims to blend security and analytics.  —  IBM said Tuesday that it has acquired Q1 Labs, a security intelligence software company, and formed a security unit.
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).
Discussion: Betabeat
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.”
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Who Needs Netflix?  Paramount Streams Latest ‘Transformers’ Directly to Consumers  —  ‘A Little Toe-Dip’ in New Distribution Method for Paramount and Viacom  —  Paramount Pictures has quietly introduced an online streaming option for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” taking home viewing straight …
 
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Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Whitman aims for October decision on HP's PC unit
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
FCC Wants GPS In Every Phone By 2018
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Belgian ISPs Ordered To Block The Pirate Bay
Discussion: GamePolitics blogs
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Now Has 1,600 Advertisers  —  Twitter's Chief Revenue …
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Plus Releases APIs for Search, +1s and Comments
Discussion: VentureBeat and Google+ Platform Blog, Thanks:jonmwords
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Kids Are All Right — If “All Right” Means Spending Money on iTunes
 Earlier Items: 
CNET News:
Apple may face suit over search for unreleased iPhone
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
iPhone Trade-Ins Seen Increasing Five-Fold With Launch Of Long Awaited iPhone 5
Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Steve Jobs gave Barack Obama an iPad 2 “a little bit early”
Megan Barnett / Fortune:
Marissa Mayer: I thought Google had a 2% chance of success
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Patent Troll Says Anyone Using WiFi Infringes; Won't Sue Individuals ‘At This Stage’
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
HTC confirms security hole, says patch is incoming
Discussion: BGR, SlashGear, Geek.com and IntoMobile
Nik Cubrilovic:
Facebook Re-Enables Controversial Tracking Cookie