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9:55 AM ET, October 14, 2011

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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
U.S. Apple Stores Opening at 8 a.m. for iPhone 4S Launch  —  U.S. Apple Stores are pulling overnight shifts to put up new displays and promo materials for the iPhone 4S launch. @ifostore is standing in line and shot the above photo where the staff is exchanging old iPhone 4 models with the new iPhone 4S.
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CNET News:
iPhone 4S goes on sale (semi-live blog)  —  Lines outside the Apple store on Fifth Ave. wrap around the block as people wait for the iPhone 4S.  —  After a longer than usual wait for Apple iPhone fans, the newest iPhone-the iPhone 4S-is finally hitting store shelves today all across the U.S. and in six other countries.
Discussion: NYConvergence.com and Telegraph
Retrevo:
Who Is Going to Buy an iPhone 4S?  —  The iPhone 4S is due to go on sale October 14th.  At the announcement for the iPhone 4S you could sense a mild disappointment when everyone realized there wasn't going to be Jobs' trademarked, “one more thing.”  Aside from the lack of a redesigned case …
Steve Wozniak / @stevewoz:
Bloomberg:
IPhone 4S Sales May Reach 4 Million This Weekend as Crowds Form
Electronista:
iPhone 4S goes on sale in Australia to hundreds in line
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Apple must show patents valid in Samsung case: judge  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge said that Samsung Electronic's Galaxy tablets infringe Apple Inc's iPad patents, but added that Apple has a problem establishing the validity of its patents in the latest courtroom face-off between the technology giants.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Samsung Lawyer Cannot Tell Samsung Tablet From Apple iPad  —  What an uncomfortable moment for Samsung at its court hearing with Apple on Thursday.  Fielding questions from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, Samsung attorney Kathleen Sullivan was asked if she could distinguish between Apple's iPad …
Reuters:
Samsung loses Dutch bid to ban Apple products
Discussion: The Next Web
Microsoft:
Microsoft Officially Welcomes Skype  —  Microsoft and Skype will empower people and businesses to connect in new ways.  —  Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT") has closed its acquisition of Skype Global S.à r.l.  Negotiations of the definitive agreement under which Microsoft would acquire Skype …
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Jeffrey Meisner / TechNet Blogs:
Tony Bates Weighs in on Microsoft's Acquisition of Skype  —  I am delighted to announce the deal with Microsoft has formally closed, and Skype is now a division of Microsoft.  This represents a huge leap forward in Skype's mission to be the communications choice for a billion people every day.
Google Investor Relations:
Google Announces Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011.  —  “We had a great quarter,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google.  “Revenue was up 33% year on year and our quarterly revenue was just short of $10 billion.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Q3: $9.72 Billion In Revenue, $2.73 Billion In Net Income
Dennis Schaal / Tnooz:   Google sheds light on size of ITA Software business
Hulu Blog:
Hulu Equity Owners Announce Decision To Terminate The Hulu Sale Process  —  The following is a joint statement from Hulu owners News Corporation, Providence Equity Partners, The Walt Disney Company and the Hulu senior management team:  —  “Since Hulu holds a unique and compelling strategic value …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Why Hulu's Owners Couldn't Find A Buyer
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Google Said to Be Planning an MP3 Store  —  Five months after it introduced a cloud music service with limited capabilities, Google is in negotiations with the major record labels to expand that service and also open an MP3 store that would compete with Apple and Amazon.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
MacBook Pros constrained, new models appear in Apple's inventory system  —  Apple's current line of MacBook Pros is heavily constrained with all models appearing to be nearly out of stock.  Don't fear, though, if you want a MacBook Pro because new models are right around the corner.
Noah Davis / Business Insider:
BUSTED: Groupon And Living Social Caught Inflating Regular Prices To Make Deals Look Better  —  Groupon and LivingSocial succeed because consumers perceive them as great deals.  But is that true?  —  Perhaps not.  —  Thumbtack.com called 10 vendors offering daily deals …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Thumbtack.com
bitly Enterprise Blog:
Social Search  —  Today we're pleased to announce the beta launch of bitly's search platform and reputation monitoring service.  —  bitly shortens 80 million URLs every day, give or take a few.  Now, with our new search technology, we're crawling and classifying every URL we shorten to create …
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Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Bitly Rolls Out Reputation-Monitoring Tool and Social-Search Product
Zachary Lichaa / Business Insider:
Are You Cool?  If So, 25 Startups Are Willing To Give You Equity For Free  —  Most people don't have enough spare cash lying around to invest in startups.  —  Most startups need help marketing their products.  —  Wahooly is solving both problems by offering social media influencers free equity in startups in exchange for promotion.
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson posts lower Q3 profits, will shift “entire portfolio” to smartphones in 2012  —  It's been a rough couple of quarters for Sony Ericsson, but things are looking slightly rosier, according to its Q3 earnings report.  Today, the company announced break even year-on-year results …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Diaspora Prepares to Launch Open Source Social Network  —  Diaspora is most famous — that is, in the geeky contingents where it is known — for the promise it holds as a distributed, open source social network that allows users to control their own data.  But 18 months after it began …
Discussion: Betabeat and The Sociable
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
The Windows 8 Task Manager … We are really excited to share some of the improvements we are making to the Task Manager in Windows 8.  Task Manager is one of the most widely used apps, and it has a long history.  It showed up in early versions of Windows as a simple utility to close …
 
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Lynnette Luna / Fierce Broadband Wireless:
Huawei banned from building public-safety LTE networks
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Vint Cerf on Google's privacy practices and how getting tagged in a multitude of online media is disconcerting
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Undercover Cops and Politicians Escape BitTorrent Lawsuits
Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama:
PayPal Increases Receiving Limit In India To $3000 Per Transaction
Lisa M. Krieger / Mercury News:
Stanford unveils spectacular proposal for opening a campus in New York City.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Sony Video Unlimited hits Tablet S; more Android devices planned
Discussion: Computerworld
 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Twitter's VP Engineering Mike Abbott Departs
Discussion: The Next Web
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Video: Mitt Romney on how he tried to hire Steve Ballmer
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
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Discussion: MacNN, The Coding Massacre, TiPb and iFixit
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Britons leave internet passwords in wills
Christopher Zinsli / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Zynga Reveals Just How Much Power Mark Pincus Has
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Apple giving employees extra paid time off this Thanksgiving for a job well done
Discussion: TiPb, MacGeneration and AppleInsider