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7:35 PM ET, October 5, 2011

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Microsoft:
Xbox 360 Teams Up With Entertainment Leaders to Transform TV  —  AT&T, BBC, Comcast, HBO, Rogers, Telefónica, Televisa and Verizon are among providers rolling out new TV entertainment services on Xbox LIVE.  —  A new era in television begins this holiday where your entertainment …
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Ben Rudolph / The Windows Blog:
Control Your Xbox with your Windows Phone Using the Xbox Companion App  —  Earlier today you probably spotted the big, big news from our pals over on the Xbox team.  They're bringing a new world of entertainment to your living room and making it faster, funner (yes, that's right, funner) and easier to find.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Xbox becomes TV hub with Comcast, FiOS, HBO; no Frontier  —  Microsoft today confirmed the lineup of TV services that will be available this holiday season through the Xbox 360 console.  It's a huge step for Microsoft's longtime goal of expanding the console beyond gaming and into an entertainment hub.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Xbox Live TV: What's inside? Silverlight
Discussion: Wired
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Sprint Confirms It Will Offer Unlimited Data Plan for iPhone  —  Sprint will indeed offer unlimited data plans when it starts taking iPhone orders later this week, AllThingsD has confirmed.  —  “We will be offering the benefit of our unlimited plans that start at just $69.99,” said spokeswoman Michelle Leff Mermelstein.
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Erica Sadun / TUAW:
iPhone 4S: What can you say to Siri?  —  Curious about the iPhone 4S's new voice assistant feature?  So were we.  —  TUAW tracked down a set of example phrases that the new Siri voice assistant is capable of understanding.  It turns out that Siri can handle many categories of voice interaction.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Microsoft considers bidding for Yahoo: sources  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is considering a bid for Yahoo Inc, resurfacing as a potential buyer after a bitter and unsuccessful fight to take over the Internet company in 2008, sources close to the situation said on Wednesday.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Not So Much on a Microsoft Bid for Yahoo (They're Crazy, But Not That Crazy)  —  Is this investment-banker-hype week and nobody told me?  —  It certainly seems so from all the almost ridonkulous rumors about everyone and their mother being “imminently poised” to make a bid for Yahoo.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Oracle vs. Salesforce.com's Benioff goes WWE: We're being played  —  Summary: Oracle cancels a keynote from Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and the crowd goes wild.  Suddenly, this feels more like a pro wrestling match.  —  Oracle cancels Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff's keynote …
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Apple's “Fall From Grace”  —  This is, quite simply, one of the worst pieces I've ever read on Apple.  Zach Epstein starts off trashing Apple's iPhone 4S announcement as perhaps “the beginning of the end” — and does so citing a bunch of analysts.  Analysts.
Discussion: @manan, Marco.org and BGR
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Brian McClendon / Google LatLong:
Google Earth downloaded more than one billion times  —  How large is one billion?  One billion hours ago modern humans were living in the Stone Age.  One billion minutes ago, the Roman Empire was flourishing.  If you traveled from Earth to the Moon three times, your journey would measure one billion meters.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: LinkedIn Has Bought Contact Management Start-Up Connected  —  LinkedIn has acquired Connected, a small contact management start-up that unifies and dynamically updates users' connections on email, social networks, calendars and phones, according to sources close to the company.
DigiTimes:
Apple iPhone 4S announced, ‘5’ likely to arrive in late 2012 or 2013  —  Defying some expectations that Apple would introduce the iPhone 5 - an entirely new model supporting 4G - the company instead rolled out the iPhone 4S - an update of the existing iPhone 4.
Ann Carrns / Bucks:
BankSimple to Go Live on Web Next Month  —  BankSimple, a Web-based banking service, says it is finally going live and expects its first customers to begin receiving their debit cards by early November.  —  The site still won't be available to all comers right away.
Discussion: The Next Web
Royal Pingdom:
Facebook now as big as the entire Internet was in 2004  —  At the recent F8 conference Facebook revealed that they now have 800 million active users.  Europe, with Russia included, has a population of 727 million.  We now have a social network that is so large that it could fill …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Business Insider
Dan Primack / Fortune:
What Federated paid for Lijit  —  Federated Media paid just “south of $100 million” in stock to acquire Lijit Networks, Fortune has learned from multiple sources.  The deal was announced earlier this month, but without any financial details.  —  Lijit is a Boulder, Colo.-based provider …
BBC:
India launches Aakash tablet computer priced at $35  —  Millions of students will have access to the tablets, officials hope  —  India has launched what it says is the world's cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just $35 (£23).  —  Costing a fraction of Apple's iPad, the subsidised Aakash is aimed at students.
Paul Graham:
Why Startup Hubs Work  —  If you look at a list of US cities sorted by population, the number of successful startups per capita varies by orders of magnitude.  Somehow it's as if most places were sprayed with startupicide.  —  I wondered about this for years.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Jason Kilar: Hulu Plus is becoming major money maker  —  Hulu CEO Jason Kilar said today that the company's Hulu Plus paid subscription service is going to bring in more than half of its revenue in within the next 12 months.  Kilar made this estimate in a blog post about Hulu's Q3 performance …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Global Ad Revenues From Social Networks To Reach $5.4B In 2011; $10B In 2013  —  Ad revenue from social networks worldwide is expected to reach $5.54 billion this year, according to eMarketer estimates, and will double by 2013. eMarketer is taking into account a number of popular social networks …
Mike Dano / FierceWireless:
WiMAX operator Open Range winding down business, announces massive layoffs  —  Open Range Communications, a privately held WiMAX operator with service in more than 140 markets spanning more than a dozen states, announced it will lay off the bulk of its employees and will stop accepting new customers.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Gilt Groupe Promotes CFO Andrew Page to President  —  New York-based Gilt Groupe, an online daily deals, flash sales and full-priced retailer, said today Andrew Page has been promoted to president from CFO.  He will now have operational responsibilities for Gilt's various businesses …
David Loxton / Docs Blog:
An enhanced Google Docs experience on mobile tablets  —  Earlier this year, we introduced the Google Docs app for Android.  Since then, many users have downloaded the app and enjoyed the benefits of being able to access, edit and share docs on the go.  —  Today's update to the app makes …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Never Mind the iPhone 5.  Where's My Windows iPad?  —  The Internet will tell you that there is much sadness because Apple didn't release an iPhone 5 yesterday.  But if you're really going to venture into the world of tech dreams deferred, then you can end up in some pretty weird places.
 
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Darren McCarra / The Sociable:
Facebook launches new inline translation service
Discussion: All Facebook and The Next Web
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Hipster Changes Its Strategy, Now Wants You To Send Digital Postcards
Discussion: AllThingsD and Digital Trends
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Amazon adds server-side encryption to S3 data service
Bloomberg:
Apple Tops HTC as Nokia Customer Loyalty Falls
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Reveals More Details About Timeline, Including an Approval Process for Open Graph Apps
Discussion: The Next Web
Kay Kremerskothen / Flickr Blog:
200 million Creative Commons photos and counting!
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
How Much is That Phished PayPal Account?
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Lethain / Digg Blog:
Newsrooms Beta: Now Open to Everyone
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Jean-Jacques Sahel / The Big Blog:
The open Internet: platform for growth
Discussion: Skype Journal
Samsung Tomorrow Global:
Samsung to request preliminary injunction orders against Apple iPhone 4S
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
Google's $700 Million Purchase of ITA Software Approved by Federal Judge
Discussion: 9to5Google, The Next Web and CNET News
Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
HP, Dell to launch ultrabooks by 1Q12
Devin Banerjee / Bloomberg:
Akamai Drop Lets IBM, Verizon Vie for Takeover
Discussion: DealBook and The Tech Trade