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9:30 PM ET, October 11, 2011

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AnandTech:
iPhone 4S Preliminary Benchmarks: ~800MHz A5, Slightly Slower GPU than iPad 2, Still Very Fast  —  Apple's ability to control the entire information chain, down to the point of limiting leaks, appears to be gradually slipping as it grows as a company.  Case in point are the numerous hardware …
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Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
iPhone 4S review  —  Reviewing the iPhone 4S is in many ways a lot like reviewing the original iPhone 4, except that it's not.  The device, which was just announced at a special event on Apple's campus, is very much the same phone the company released in June of 2010 — but it's also something completely new.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Real Life iPhone 4S' Siri Demonstration Is Pretty Damn Impressive  —  Apple's demos of the new iPhone 4S' Siri smart assistant are very impressive, but they're just controlled demos.  Stuff.tv got their hands on an iPhone 4S and played quite a bit with in a public place.  It's still very impressive.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
The iPhone Finds Its Voice  —  Sometimes, as we all know, looks can be deceiving.  While Apple's latest iPhone doesn't look different, and may not be the kind of blockbuster people expect from the late Steve Jobs's company, it thinks different, to quote one of Apple's old ad slogans.
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Zynga branches away from Facebook, becomes more competitive  —  Summary: Zynga is touting is new games as more social yet still easy to learn, but these titles are far more complex than anything we've seen before.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Zynga rolled out a slew of new and upcoming releases …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Zynga works ‘social magic’ with new games, Project Z
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs on Why He Wore Turtlenecks  —  Steve Jobs's black turtlenecks helped make him the world's most recognizable CEO.  But the Apple co-founder wouldn't have worn them if his employees had accepted the nylon jacket he proposed as a corporate uniform instead.
AppleInsider:
Apple releases iTunes 10.5 with support for iOS 5 wireless syncing  —  Apple on Tuesday released iTunes 10.5 for both Mac and PC, bringing with it support for wirelessly syncing with devices running the soon-to-be-released iOS 5.  —  iTunes 10.5 is now available as a direct download from Apple.
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Apple releases iTunes 10.5 with iTunes in the Cloud
Discussion: GigaOM, The Next Web, MacRumors and TUAW
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
RIM details why BlackBerry users haven't had email for two days  —  BlackBerry maker RIM has issued a statement as to why its users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and other parts of the world have struggled with email browsing, and using BBM over the last two days.?
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
BlackBerry users revolt against RIM as disruption spreads
Jonathan Mayer / Stanford Center for Internet …:
Tracking the Trackers: Where Everybody Knows Your Username  —  Click the local Home Depot ad and your email address gets handed to a dozen companies monitoring you.  Your web browsing, past, present, and future, is now associated with your identity.  Swap photos with friends on Photobucket …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AppleCare+ to End Informal Free Replacement Policy for Damaged iPhones  —  Last week, we noted that Apple had introduced a new “AppleCare+” offering for iPhone, replacing the previous $69 AppleCare with the new $99 warranty extending coverage to two years from the date of device purchase …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Asus Zenbook Hands On: Good Lord There's a Lot of Awesome Packed Into Something This Thin  —  It's kind of insane it took a $300 million slush fund from Intel to get notebook makers to create MacBook Air-like ultrabooks, the first results from Asus are, well, pretty damn impressive.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and SlashGear
CNET News:
iPhone theft suspects enter no-contest plea  —  Two men pleaded no contest today to theft of lost property in a case involving last year's iPhone 4 prototype, which Apple claimed was so valuable that a price could not be placed on it.  —  The men, who were accused of selling the device …
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Threat Level
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
EBay to deepen Facebook relationship  —  * EBay to unveil online ID service PayPal Access  —  EBay Inc is set to deepen its relationship with social network leader Facebook at a developer conference this week, a person familiar with the e-commerce company said on Tuesday.
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Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
PayPal Announces Services Aimed at Wooing Developers, Merchants
Discussion: TechCrunch
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft tweaks the Windows 8 UI following user pushback  —  Microsoft stuck its neck out when it released a very early build of Windows 8 to the world, likely knowing beforehand the level of complaint that it was going to receive from users who did not appreciate the changes implemented.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Verisign wants power to shut sites down upon law enforcement request  —  In a request made yesterday to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Verisign outlined a new “anti-abuse” policy that would allow the company to terminate, lock, or transfer any domain under …
Discussion: The Next Web
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Kevin Murphy / The Register:
VeriSign demands website takedown powers
Discussion: DomainIncite and Softpedia News
comScore, Inc.:
Smartphones and Tablets Drive Nearly 7 Percent of Total U.S. Digital Traffic  —  iOS Accounts for Largest Share of U.S. Smartphone and Tablet Devices while Driving the Majority of Non-Computer Traffic  —  comScore Releases Report, “Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices …
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Microsoft calls out Firefox and Chrome for security weaknesses  —  In a move that's sure to raise hackles in Silicon Valley, Microsoft today debuted a new web site designed to raise awareness of security issues in web browsers.  —  When you visit the site, called Your Browser Matters …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google+ Photos Replaces Picasa Web in the Navigation Bar  —  This is really weird.  The “photos” link from Google's navigation bar no longer sends you to Picasa Web Albums if you're logged in.  Google decided to send users to the Photos section from Google+ which shows photos from your circles …
Diego Basch / IndexTank Blog:
[In]dexTank - LinkedIn Acquires IndexTank  —  This is not a typical acquisition blog post.  You and I have read lots of those.  Many tend to sound like Oscar speeches, as if being acquired were the culmination of a career.  This one is different, and there are many themes that I'd like to touch on.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Now, Meg Whitman May NOT Spin Off HP's Hardware Business  —  A couple months ago, Hewlett-Packard announced it might spin off its PC business.  —  But that was under old CEO Leo Apotheker.  Now that Meg Whitman is in charge, HP is reconsidering and may hang on to the PC unit after all, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Wireless Carrier Execs Trade Jabs, but Land No Major Punches  —  Six months ago, the heads of Verizon, AT&T and Sprint shared a stage just hours after AT&T announced its plans to buy T-Mobile USA.  That discussion, moderated by Jim Cramer, was a pretty fun hour of theater.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here Comes Another Cloud: Hollywood Hopes “UltraViolet” Will Save DVDs  —  Say this for UltraViolet: It actually launched.  —  When word first got out that most of Hollywood and the tech industry was working on a “Giant Media DRM Cloud Coalition Featuring Everyone Except Apple and Disney” …
 
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Kristina Peterson / Fox Business:
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One Million Backers  —  Last week a woman named Rachel Perrie pledged …
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Brandon / Nielsen Wire:
Social Media and TV - Who's Talking, When and What About?
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
As Expected, Alternative DNS Systems Sprouting Up To Ignore US Censorship
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Spotify Bug Kept Users Logged In to Facebook Even After They Disconnected
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
BlueStacks Ready to Test Its Android-on-Windows Software