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5:30 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.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases AirPort Utility for iOS
Twitter Blog:   Twitter and iOS 5: Sharing made simple
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
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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to develop Hadoop distributions for Windows Server and Azure  —  Summary: Microsoft is stepping up its support of Hadoop with new Windows Azure and Windows Server distributions in order to better support users' big data and unstructured data needs.
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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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
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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
The Official Google TV Blog:
Google TV add-on for the Android SDK
Discussion: BetaNews and Engadget
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Opera proposal brings a book look to the Web
Discussion: IntoMobile