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4:15 PM ET, October 10, 2011

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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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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
First Hands On Video of iPhone 4S with Benchmarks, “Raise to Speak” Feature  —  It seems someone has gotten hold of an iPhone 4S ahead of launch.  This video from AppVV.com shows off a new iPhone 4S with some early benchmarks (thanks BluC0la).  It also shows the Siri settings interface …
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Here's who will cash in on iPhone 4S bonanza
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 …
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: GigaOM and @avibryant
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.
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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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Teacher  —  Steve Jobs taught us so many things …
Discussion: madisonian.net and Guardian
Alexandra Berzon / Wall Street Journal:
For Jobs's Biological Father, the Reunion Never Came
Discussion: Gamasutra
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
At Long Last, Facebook Releases an iPad App  —  It has been the equivalent of waiting for Bigfoot.  Bloggers had seen it.  Developers said they had worked on it.  Facebook denied its existence.  Everyone else just wanted to know if it was real.  —  It's the Facebook application for the iPad …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Facebook Makes Its Move: Brings Viral Channels to HTML5, iOS Apps  —  Facebook finally unveiled its long-awaited effort to help mobile developers market their native and HTML5-based apps through its platform today. iOS developers will get to take advantage of bookmarks, requests and the news feed …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and AllThingsD
Twitter Developers:
The t.co URL Wrapper  —  Tens of millions of links are tweeted on Twitter each day.  Wrapping these shared links helps Twitter protect users from malicious content while offering useful insights on engagement.  All links submitted within tweets and direct messages, regardless of length, will eventually be wrapped with t.co.
Discussion: CloudAve
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Twitter API / @twitterapi:   We're about to start wrapping all URLs regardless of their length with the t.co URL wrapper - http://t.co/WYZN445Y ^AM
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.
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 …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Kindle Fire Hit With Patent Suit  —  Amazon's new tablet won't be available until November 15, but it's never too early to file a patent suit.  Smartphone Technologies LLC, which has already gone after Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), Research in Motion (NSDQ: RIMM) and others, claims the Kindle Fire also infringes on four of its patents.
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Secret Orders Target Email  —  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, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Square Makes It Easier for Big Businesses to Sign Up for Mobile Payments  —  Square is eliminating one more hurdle that may have been a turn-off for bigger businesses looking at adopting its service, which allows people to collect payments using a mobile phone and card reader.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Is Getting More Serious About Daily (Bing) Deals  —  Microsoft appears to be readying the formal launch of a Bing-branded daily deals website powered by white-label group buying platform service provider Tippr, a well-informed source tells me.  You don't have to take my word for it …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Samsung Stratosphere is Verizon's first 4G LTE phone with QWERTY; $149.99 on October 13th  —  Verizon Wireless on Monday unveiled the Samsung Stratosphere, the company's first smartphone to feature a full QWERTY keyboard and 4G LTE connectivity.  This new Samsung smartphone is highlighted …
 
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Meghan Keneally / Daily Mail:
Traffic plunges for Google+ as 60% of users log off
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Google SVP Of Engineering Bill Coughran Joins Sequoia Capital As Partner
John Cook / GeekWire:
Travel photo service Trover arrives on Android
Discussion: GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Ted Roduner / Bing:
Windows Phone 7.5: Bing(o) on Mango
Discussion: The Windows Blog
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon Makes It Harder to Track How Well It Is Doing
Dain Binder / Dain Binder's Technology Blog:
SocialGrapple Joins Google
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:dbin78
 Earlier Items: 
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Motorola and Verizon press event scheduled for October 18th; Xoom 2, Droid HD, and Xoom Media Edition coming?
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
AT&T to usher in split-personality mobile devices
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Dear Meg Whitman... Some unsolicited advice on HP's PC future
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Pastebin Helps Occupy Wall Street Spread the Word
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Free Texting Apps Are Threat to Wireless Carriers