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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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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.
Jonathan Seff / Macworld:
Apple TV 4.4 update adds Photo Stream, NHL, and more  —  As part of its barrage of updates on Wednesday, Apple bumped the second-generation Apple TV's software to version 4.4, bringing with it support for Photo Stream, AirPlay mirroring, NHL hockey, Wall Street Journal content, and more.
Twitter Blog:
Twitter and iOS 5: Sharing made simple
Discussion: The Next Web
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iCloud.com Website Updated, No Longer in “Beta”
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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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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Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
Siri says some weird things  —  Look, I'm not going to go into great detail about what I've been doing with Siri during my testing period, but I will tell you this — Siri says some crazy stuff.  —  Hit the gallery below for a look at a number of bizarre items the AI / voice recognition …
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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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
RIM: Right now we're letting you down, here's what's actually going on
Discussion: Reuters, Thanks:alex_clough
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
AOL CEO pitches investors on Yahoo deal: sources  —  (Reuters) - AOL Inc CEO Tim Armstrong has been meeting with top shareholders in the past couple of weeks to push the idea of a sale to Yahoo Inc that could wring up to $1.5 billion of cost savings, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
With X.commerce, eBay eyes a bigger prize as sales enabler  —  EBay and PayPal formally unveiled their X.commerce platform, an ambitious attempt to bridge online and offline commerce and arm developers and merchants with a host of tools to help part consumers from their money.
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Mark Hachman / PCMag:
eBay Announces Facebook Integration, Commerce Ecosystem
Discussion: Reuters and eBay Inc.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Winklevoss Twins to Pay $13 Million to Lawyers for Facebook Settlement  —  A NY appeals court declines to reopen consideration that the twins' lawyers committed malpractice in the settlement with Facebook and subsequent disclosure of how much money the twins got in the case.
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Exclusive: Hands-on with Amazon Locker, now working  —  We've had fun tracking the appearance of Amazon Lockers around the Seattle region over the past few weeks, and this week I stumbled across an intriguing option in my Amazon.com address book — allowing me to “search for a locker location” to add as a shipping destination.
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Sources All Over The Ad Tech Industry Think Google Is Going To Buy Akamai
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Universal Dumps $60 Home Video Rental Plan
Discussion: WebProNews and Electronista
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: MSDN Blogs and GeekWire
 Earlier Items: 
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: Inquirer, SlashGear and ITProPortal
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to develop Hadoop distributions for Windows Server and Azure
Justin McElroy / Joystiq:
Microsoft buys indie developer Twisted Pixel
Discussion: TechFlash and VG247
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Facebook Says Some of Your Personal Data Is Its ‘Trade Secrets or Intellectual Property’
Philip Reitinger / PlayStation.Blog.Europe:
An Important Message From Sony's Chief Information Security Officer