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5:50 PM ET, October 12, 2011

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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.
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple releases iOS 5, go update your iPhone, iPad and iPod right now!  —  The day has come, millions of iPhone, iPad and iPod owners finally have the chance to experience the new iOS 5 software from Apple, bringing a large number of new features, services and bug fixes.
Dylan Love / Business Insider:
Updating To iOS 5 Has Been A Massive Headache  —  Ever since iOS 5 was made available to the public around 1 PM ET or so, we've been attempting to update in vain.  —  The download goes through, but an error message keeps popping up when people try to install iOS 5.
Twitter Blog:   Twitter and iOS 5: Sharing made simple
Jonathan Seff / Macworld:
Apple TV 4.4 update adds Photo Stream, NHL, and more
Discussion: Engadget, Apple, SlashGear and App Advice
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Find My Friends app goes live ahead of iOS 5 release
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+.
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Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Google engineer calls Google+ a “pathetic afterthought” and “knee-jerk reaction”  —  Summary: A Google software engineer who accidentally broadcast a 4,578-word rant about the company's failings saved his toughest criticism for the Google+ service.  A list of features can't make up for a complete lack …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
RIM Still Doesn't Know When BlackBerry Service Will Be Restored  —  Research In Motion held a conference call on Wednesday afternoon to talk about its ongoing spate of outages.  Disruptions that began earlier this week have now spread to North America.  —  On the call, RIM CTO …
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Millions of BlackBerry users cut off for third day
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.
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Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
iPhone 4S review
Foursquare Blog:
The real world, now in real-time!  Say hi to foursquare Radar!  —  [The new version should be available in the App Store soon!  Thanks for your patience]  —  The initial vision for foursquare centered around one question: can we build something to help make the world easier to use.
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 …
Ben Grubb / 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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases OS X 10.7.2 with iCloud Support  —  As part of Apple's rollout of its iCloud service today, Apple has just released OS X 10.7.2.  The new update includes support for iCloud and will ensure that users have full access to their iCloud-hosted data across all of their devices.
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: Daily Patricia and SplatF
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.
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 …
Vic Gundotra / Google+:
Real-time search and improved hashtag support  —  Today we're rolling out two new features: 1) real-time search results; and 2) improved hashtag support.  Together, we're trying to make it easier to follow and contribute to live events on Google+, including breaking news, sporting events, and many others.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Universal Dumps $60 Home Video Rental Plan  —  It's a week for home video about-faces.  Universal has dumped plans to let some home viewers rent an Eddie Murphy/Ben Stiller comedy for $60 while it was still in theaters.  Comcast's movie studio reversed course just days after news of its “Tower Heist” plan surfaced.
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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Reuters:
AOL CEO pitches investors on Yahoo deal: sources
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL Wants To Be The AP For Online Video; Offers “Editors Room” For Video Embeds
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft delivers IE 9.0.3 via Windows Update
Discussion: GeekWire and MSDN Blogs
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Salesforce CTO Craig Weissman Joins Benchmark As EIR; Will Focus On Big Data Opportunities
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Abandons Plans to Get Its Processors Into Televisions
Discussion: ITProPortal and Inquirer
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to develop Hadoop distributions for Windows Server and Azure
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
The Federal Reserve Plans To Monitor Facebook, Twitter, Google News
Justin McElroy / Joystiq:
Microsoft buys indie developer Twisted Pixel
Discussion: TechFlash
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Sprint Will Reveal IPhone Impact to Fix ‘Mistake,’ Chairman Says
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Facebook Says Some of Your Personal Data Is Its ‘Trade Secrets or Intellectual Property’
The Official Google TV Blog:
Google TV add-on for the Android SDK
Discussion: BetaNews and Engadget