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1:15 PM ET, October 12, 2011

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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.
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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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPhone 4S  —  This is the easiest product review I've ever written.  The iPhone 4S is exactly what Apple says it is: just like the iPhone 4, but noticeably faster, with a significantly improved camera, and an impressive new voice-driven feature called Siri.  —  Siri  —  Siri feels like old-school Apple.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Real Life iPhone 4S' Siri Demonstration Is Pretty Damn Impressive
Discussion: MacRumors and eWeek
Kevin Purcell / GottaBeMobile:
Where to Buy an iPhone 4S on Launch Day
Discussion: CNET News
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Find My Friends app goes live ahead of iOS 5 release  —  Apple has just released the Find My Friends app which lets you locate your contacts on a map and share your own location with them.  The program is not available directly on the App Store.  Instead, you must log in to iCloud.com …
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
iOS 5 Review: Ambitious update rings in the changes  —  It seems like every time a major software revision comes along, it's described as the “biggest ever.”  In the case of iOS 5, though, that might not be hyperbole—there's hardly a part of Apple's mobile operating system that isn't altered in some way by the latest update.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases AirPort Utility for iOS  —  Right on the heels of releasing the free Find My Friends app just moments ago, Apple has also issued the long-rumored AirPort Utility app which lets you manage your AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express and Time Capsule base station right on your iOS device.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iCloud.com Website Updated, No Longer in “Beta”
Katherine Boehret / AllThingsD:
Apple Helps Devices Get Their Heads in the Cloud
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Sprint won't sell iPhone 4S with unlocked micro-SIM card slot  —  Sprint customers who buy the iPhone 4S will be able to roam internationally on GSM networks, but will not find themselves with unlocked microSIM slots, a Sprint representative tells Ars.  While some initial reports suggested …
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Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Sprint Will Reveal IPhone Impact to Fix ‘Mistake,’ Chairman Says  —  Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) — Sprint Nextel Corp.'s Chairman James Hance said the company made a mistake in failing to disclose the future costs of selling Apple Inc.'s iPhone and that it will provide the information this month.
Philip Reitinger / PlayStation Blog:
An Important Message From Sony's Chief Information Security Officer  —  We want to let you know that we have detected attempts on Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment ("Networks") services to test a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database.
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Electronista:
Sony: 93,000 PlayStation, SOE gamers' accounts cracked
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Millions of BlackBerry users cut off for third day  —  (Reuters) - Millions of BlackBerry users around the world were left without text communication services for a third day on Wednesday as Research in Motion struggled to fix what it said was a switching failure in its private network.
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Euan Rocha / Reuters:
RIM tells BlackBerry users of outage in Americas
Sydney Morning Herald:
Samsung ambushes Apple's iPhone 4S launch in Sydney  —  Apple fans queue outside Sydney's Apple store for Friday's delivery of the new iPhone 4S as bargain-hunters queue for the $2 Samsung Galaxy S II, just one shop away.  —  Samsung has ambushed the launch of the iPhone 4S by offering $2 smartphones …
Matt Mullenweg:
What's Next for Apple  —  I have no inside information or insight, but historically Apple's product improvements have strongly broadcasted where they're going in the future.  Here are six things I think are inevitable for Apple to do over the next decade, from most to least obvious: maps, iCloud, payments, TVs, search, and cars.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google Engineer: “Google+ is a Prime Example of Our Complete Failure to Understand Platforms”  —  Last night, high-profile Google engineer Steve Yegge mistakenly posted a long rant about working at Amazon and Google's own issues with creating platforms on Google+.
CNET News:
How Gizmodo escaped indictment in iPhone prototype deal  —  The great iPhone prototype caper of 2010 has finally ended, with the two men accused of shopping the device to gadget blogs sentenced to probation yesterday.  —  Last year's investigation began with a raid on Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's Fremont …
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CNET News:
iPhone theft suspects enter no-contest plea
Discussion: Macgasm, SlashGear and Examiner
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung says upgrades smartphones to avoid Dutch sales ban  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co said on Wednesday it will soon release upgraded versions of three Galaxy smartphones in Europe to get around temporary sales bans on earlier versions of products that violated an Apple patent.
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Facebook Says Some of Your Personal Data Is Its ‘Trade Secrets or Intellectual Property’  —  A few weeks back, Techdirt posted a story about a European campaign group called “Europe vs. Facebook”, which is trying to find out exactly what information Facebook holds about its users.
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
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Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
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Justin McElroy / Joystiq:
Microsoft buys indie developer Twisted Pixel
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Opera proposal brings a book look to the Web
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Google: Android Market back up in China
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Amazon Had A Really Strong September
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sutter: C++11 kicks old-school coding into 21st century
Discussion: ISO
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga launches three HTML5 games to run on mobile browsers