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12:20 PM ET, October 10, 2011

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Reed Hastings / The Official Netflix Blog:
DVDs will be staying at netflix.com  —  It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.  —  This means no change: one website, one account, one password... in other words, no Qwikster.
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Netflix Abandons Plan to Rent DVDs on Qwikster  —  Abandoning a break-up plan it announced last month, Netflix said Monday morning that it had decided to keep its DVD-by-mail and online streaming services together under one name and one Web site.  —  The company admitted that it had moved …
Apple:
iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million in First 24 Hours  —  Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by iPhone 4. iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Early iPhone 4S orders begin shipping to customers, from Sprint at least  —  The iPhone 4S just went up for pre-sale on Friday the 7th, and shipping notifications are already coming through.  Reader Alex has forwarded along his shipping notification from Sprint for his white 32GB iPhone 4S …
Scott Knaster / Google Code Blog:
Dart: a language for structured web programming  —  Today we are introducing an early preview of Dart, a class-based optionally typed programming language for building web applications.  Dart's design goals are:  — Create a structured yet flexible language for web programming.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google debuts Dart, a JavaScript alternative
Discussion: @avibryant
Daily Mail:
Steve Jobs's secret legacy: Dying Apple boss left plans for four years of new products  —  Despite knowing he was dying, Steve Jobs worked for more than a year on the products that he believed would safeguard the company's future.  —  It was also revealed today that Jobs fought hard …
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Alexandra Berzon / Wall Street Journal:
For Jobs's Biological Father, the Reunion Never Came  —  RENO, Nev.—Periodically in the past year, Abdulfattah “John” Jandali would shoot off an email to Steve Jobs, the son he never met.  They were simple notes: “Happy Birthday” or “I hope your health is improving.”  —  It's unclear if Mr. Jobs ever wrote back.
Discussion: Electronista
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Teacher  —  Steve Jobs taught us so many things …
Discussion: Guardian
Frank Cifaldi / Gamasutra:
Steve Jobs, Atari Employee Number 40
Discussion: Digits and Kotaku
John Lilly / John's Tumblr:
Steve Jobs  —  Like many of us, I've been thinking a lot …
Discussion: CNET News
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft's Windows Phone Boss Says Dual-Core, LTE Models Coming  —  Sales of the first crop of Windows Phones may have been less than CEO Steve Ballmer was hoping for, but Windows Phone unit boss Andy Lees said the company met its more important goal — becoming credible again in the phone market.
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Windows Phones Will Get More Marketing Dollars, Sales Incentives  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), trying to reverse disappointing sales for its Windows Phone, is counting on Samsung Electronics Co. and other manufacturing partners to step up retailer incentives and boost in-store promotions.
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
BlackBerry services collapse  —  Millions of BlackBerry smartphone users have been cut off by a major fault at RIM, the Canadian company that makes the devices.  —  BlackBerry online services cut off  —  The glitch, which struck at around 11AM, was affecting online services for consumers all over Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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Zach Honig / Engadget:
UK server failure sends BlackBerry devices offline in Europe, the Middle East and Africa  —  If there's one thing RIM doesn't need right now, it's another BlackBerry outage.  Well, are you sitting down?  RIM UK is currently investigating issues affecting “some users in EMEA” — that's Europe …
Discussion: Guardian, BGR, AllThingsD and Electronista
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Court Order Seeks Email Data of WikiLeaks Volunteer Jacob Appelbaum  —  The U.S. government has obtained a controversial type of secret court order to force Google Inc. and small Internet provider Sonic.net Inc. to turn over information from the email accounts of WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum …
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Bloomberg:
Jobs's Death Increases Plea for Releasing $76 Billion Cash: Tech  —  Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — At a meeting with Apple Inc. finance chief Peter Oppenheimer this year, investor Kishore Rao asked the company to tap its billions in cash to pay a dividend.  —  Oppenheimer had heard the request …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Free Texting Apps Are Threat to Wireless Carriers  —  At a time when e-mail and many other forms of electronic communication are essentially free, wireless carriers are still charging as much as 20 cents to send a text message to a phone, and another 20 cents to receive it.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook hits the US and Canada this week, rings in at $899  —  And the Ultrabooks have arrived!  We just got word that the Acer Aspire S3 will go on sale in the US and Canada this week for $899 — making it the first pinch-thin, MacBook Air competitor to hit the market …
Divya Sharma / Reuters:
Alibaba seeks Temasek backing to buy stake from Yahoo: report  —  (Reuters) - China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has talked with Temasek Holdings Pte about providing financing to buy the 40 percent stake in itself held by Yahoo Inc, Bloomberg said, citing people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Mozilla: Rising revenue, but rising challenges
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer Blog:
T-Mobile announces 7 inch SpringBoard and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
AT&T to usher in split-personality mobile devices
Discussion: Android Phones …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Dear Meg Whitman... Some unsolicited advice on HP's PC future
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Refuses To Dismiss Twitter From Patent Lawsuit Concerning Patent On Interacting With Famous People Online
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Cloud services provider Six Degrees Group launches with £60 million in funding
Discussion: VatorNews, Business Wire and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Pastebin Helps Occupy Wall Street Spread the Word
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
An Early Sign the Amazon Kindle Fire May Do Well
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The new iPhone portfolio and implications on ASP
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Feature: Cutting the cord: how the world's engineers built Wi-Fi
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Joe Brockmeier / ReadWriteEnterprise:
Why FSF Founder Richard Stallman is Wrong on Steve Jobs