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4:14 AM ET, October 13, 2011

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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 …
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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.
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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Steve Yegge / Google+:
Hi external-world folks,  —  I posted a long opinionated rant tonight about how I think Google could be doing a much better job of thinking from the ground up in terms of services rather than products.  Sadly, it was intended to be an internal post, visible to everybody at Google, but not externally.
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Google engineer calls Google+ a “pathetic afterthought” and “knee-jerk reaction”
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Web Start-Ups Hit Cash Crunch  —  As New Companies Proliferate, Financing Is Drying Up; Some Founders Seek Bridge Loans,  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Amid a glut of Web start-ups, some strains are starting to show.  —  For most of this year, a start-up fever, fueled by Facebook Inc. and others, has gripped Silicon Valley.
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Chris Sacca / @sacca:
@gaberivera @cdixon @naval I definitely don't agree with the article. Valuations are still high and I haven't seen evidence of cash crunch.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Venture capital on pace for biggest year since dot-com era
Discussion: CNET News and CB Insights
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.
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
iOS 5 Review: Ambitious update rings in the changes
AppleInsider:
Apple updates iWork, iPhoto, Aperture and more, adds Cards & iTunes trailers apps
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Picked the Wrong Day to Die  —  There's no such thing as a good time for RIM to leave half its customers without messaging or internet.  But the problem's been getting worse, not better—on the day that Apple makes its strongest case for total dominance.
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
RIM: Right now we're letting you down, here's what's actually going on with BlackBerry service
Discussion: AllThingsD and Reuters, Thanks:alex_clough
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011: Computer scientist, Unix co-creator, C programming language designer  —  Computer scientist Dennis Ritchie is reported to have died at his home this past weekend, after a long battle against an unspecified illness.  No further details are available at the time of this blog post.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
“We Are Absolutely in a Feature Race,” Says Bradley Horowitz of Google+  —  As Facebook changes to become more about personal expression and oversharing, and Twitter maintains it will stay simple rather than get caught up in a feature race, how will Google+ respond?
Discussion: Business Insider and Slashdot
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Ramzi Amri / Quora:
Why did Steve Jobs choose not to effectively treat his cancer?  —  Answer: I hesitated a long time before addressing this topic, but now that someone asked me to, I'll just do it.  To avoid any risks of bias, let me start by stating that all the details on Jobs specific case are based on secondary sources …
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Apple prepping movie cloud service  —  Apple Inc. is preparing to put movies in the cloud, entering a market in which it may be both competitor and ally to a similar offering backed by most Hollywood studios.  —  Representatives of the iPhone and iPad maker have been meeting with studios …
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.
Nick Wingfield / Bits:
Snubbed by Apple, T-Mobile Looks Beyond the iPhone  —  T-Mobile must feel like the only kid in the class who didn't get invited to the party of the year.  —  It's the only one of the nation's four major wireless carriers that won't be selling the iPhone 4S, the new Apple device that officially goes …
Business Week:
Scott Forstall, the Sorcerer's Apprentice at Apple  —  The iOS chief is a lot like his mentor Steve Jobs: brilliant, presents well, a tenacious infighter—arguably just the taskmaster Apple needs to stay on top  —  The deteriorating health of Steve Jobs loomed over Apple's Oct. 4 press event …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, SplatF and MacRumors
Zee / The Next Web:
Diaspora asks users for $25 donation to keep it alive.  Will you donate?  —  Remember Diaspora?  If you believed the hype, it was supposed to be our saviour from the privacy flaws of Facebook - a distributed, decentralized social network.  However, since it launched with plenty of press coverage …
Discussion: Diaspora*, ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Sources All Over The Ad Tech Industry Think Google Is Going To Buy Akamai  —  What's the next big move for Google?  —  We're not sure, but multiple ad tech industry sources think Google is about to buy Akamai.  —  We've been chasing a rumor that Google is about to make a big ad tech acquisition.
Discussion: Electronista and The Tech Trade
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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Said Not to Plan Acquisition of Akamai
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
 
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
Windows Phone, a year on
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
NPD: Already, More Than One In Five Smartphones Sold Is 4G-Ready
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Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
AwayFind closes seed funding and comes to Google Apps
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt Finally Appears On Google+
Discussion: 9to5Google, CNET News and Mashable!
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Exclusive: Hands-on with Amazon Locker, now working
Discussion: Asiajin and Gizmodo, Thanks:johnhcook
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
With X.commerce, eBay eyes a bigger prize as sales enabler
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Winklevoss Twins to Pay $13 Million to Lawyers for Facebook Settlement
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Universal Dumps $60 Home Video Rental Plan
Discussion: WebProNews and Electronista
CNET News:
How Gizmodo escaped indictment in iPhone prototype deal
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Sprint won't sell iPhone 4S with unlocked micro-SIM card slot
Matt Mullenweg:
What's Next for Apple
Discussion: SplatF and Computerworld