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10:55 AM ET, October 14, 2011

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AppleInsider:
iPhone 4S launch draws crowds at Apple stores around the world  —  The debut of Apple's latest smartphone on Friday has drawn huge crowds at Apple stores around the world, including a long, rain-soaked line at the company's flagship Fifth Avenue store.  —  Today the iPhone 4S launches in the U.S. …
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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 …
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.
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.
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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 Loop and 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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Dennis Schaal / Tnooz:
Google sheds light on size of ITA Software business
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Why Hulu's Owners Couldn't Find A Buyer  —  Hulu, which has been shopping itself around this year, is no longer for sale.  Hulu's owners—Disney, News Corp, Comcast, and Providence Equity Partners—put the online TV site up for bid and got some serious offers from Google, Dish Networks, and Amazon.
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Hulu Blog:
Hulu Equity Owners Announce Decision To Terminate The Hulu Sale Process
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.
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.
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
Candice Katz / Spotify:
Spotify and Boxee, together at last  —  Today we're excited to announce that Spotify is available on Boxee.  —  For those of you who don't know about Boxee yet, it's a great device that finds many of your favorite shows and movies on the Internet and puts them on your TV.  Now you can add music to that list.
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Motorola Mobility Stockholders To Vote On $12.5 Billion Google Merger On Nov 17, 2011  —  Motorola Mobility this morning announced that it has set a record date and a meeting date for its stockholders to vote upon a proposal to adopt the previously announced merger agreement with Google …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Twitter's VP Engineering Mike Abbott Departs  —  According to sources close to the situation, Twitter VP of Engineering Mike Abbott has left the company.  —  He is apparently interested in doing more investing.  —  [UPDATE: Twitter confirmed the departure in a statement …
 
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