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12:30 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.
Discussion: TechKnow Bytes, App Advice and rc3.org
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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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iCloud.com Website Updated, No Longer in “Beta”  —  Apple seems to be putting the finishing touches on their new iCloud service. iCloud.com has been updated this evening with a new login screen.  The service now shows icons in the background and a new login that no longer is listed as “beta” …
Dan Moren / Macworld:
iOS 5 Review: Ambitious update rings in the changes
Katherine Boehret / AllThingsD:
Apple Helps Devices Get Their Heads in the Cloud
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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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
Discussion: Electronista
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  —  (Reuters) - Research In Motion advised some clients on Wednesday that it was dealing with a BlackBerry outage in the Americas similar to service disruptions that have cropped up in other parts of the world.
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Softpedia News
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+.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Rip Rowan
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 …
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CNET News:
How Gizmodo escaped indictment in iPhone prototype deal
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.
Joe Brockmeier / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Guns for Amazon Web Services with New Storage, App Engine Offerings  —  Google is turning up the heat with its cloud services for the enterprise.  Today the company bundled up several announcements ranging from the Cloud SQL service in limited preview to promoting Cloud Storage out of Google Labs.
 
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Justin McElroy / Joystiq:
Microsoft buys indie developer Twisted Pixel
Discussion: TechFlash and VG247
The Official Google TV Blog:
Google TV add-on for the Android SDK
Discussion: Engadget, AndroidOS.in and Electronista
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
NeuStar To Acquire On-Demand Customer Insight Provider TARGUSinfo For $650 Million
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
With 99,999 Contests Launched, 99designs Creates Its Own Fund To Support Design Students
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Opera proposal brings a book look to the Web
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
HP's Layoffs Taking Effect, ~500 Gone From San Diego Group
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Google: Android Market back up in China
 Earlier Items: 
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
AllThingsD:
New Apple Software Adds Features to Older Phones
Discussion: Computerworld
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Asus Zenbook Hands On: Good Lord There's a Lot of Awesome Packed Into Something This Thin
Discussion: TechEye
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AppleCare+ to End Informal Free Replacement Policy for Damaged iPhones
Discussion: TUAW