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2:10 PM 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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
IPhone 4S Sales May Reach 4 Million This Weekend as Crowds Form  —  Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. is poised to sell as many as 4 million units of its new iPhone 4S this weekend as customers around the world clamor for one of the last products developed under Steve Jobs.
Brian Caulfield / Shiny Objects:
Analyst: Led By iPhone 4S, Apple Could Sell 24 Million iPhones In December Quarter
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Siri: Maps and Local Search for International Customers Coming in 2012
Discussion: SlashGear
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.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Skype for Windows updated to remove Google product bundling  —  Skype updated version 5.5 and 5.6 of its Windows product on Friday to remove Google products from the installer.  —  The removal of Google's toolbar from the Skype installer comes shortly after the finalization of Microsoft's Skype deal on Friday.
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPad 3 Headed Into Production  —  With the iPhone 4S arriving at market today, the never-sated Apple rumor mill is clamoring for more grist.  And, as always, there's plenty of it to be had, this time involving the iPad 3.  —  According to Susquehanna Financial analyst Jeff Fidacaro, the device is headed into production.
Bradley Horowitz / The Official Google Blog:
A fall sweep  —  We aspire to build great products that really change people's lives, products they use two or three times a day.  To succeed you need real focus and thought—thought about what you work on and, just as important, what you don't work on.  It's why we recently decided to shut …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Axes More Services: Jaiku, Buzz, Code Search & More
Discussion: @ded and silicontap.com
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Motorola DROID HD (RAZR/Spyder) specs revealed; said to be ‘faster than the iPhone 4S’  —  We just confirmed some of the specifications for the upcoming Motorola DROID device (DROID HD / DROID RAZR / Spyder) that Verizon Wireless and Motorola are rumored to be announcing next week, and they are monster.
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.
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Jail Sentence for Pirate Bay Co-Founder Made Final  —  November last year, the Swedish Appeal Court found three people behind The Pirate Bay guilty of contributory copyright infringement offenses.  The trio were handed prison sentences and ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages.
Discussion: The Next Web and Softpedia News
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Amazon Lists All Its Verizon Phones For One Penny With A New Contract  —  If you're a non-Verizon customer who's been considering hopping on the big red network, now is most definitely the time.  A deal at Amazon could score you a $300 phone for just a penny.
Discussion: CNET News
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.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook review  —  Until now, Windows fans have had precious few alternatives to the MacBook Air.  Sure, there's Samsung's Series 9, but just like the original Air, it's far from cheap.  Since then, of course, Apple has cut the Air's starting price to $999 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Files for iPhone 4S, Siri & Assistive Touch Trademarks While Fulfilling another UI Patent  —  It was revealed today at both the EU and Hong Kong China IP Offices that Apple has filed for the “Assistive Touch” trademark shown above in three different formats under International Classes 9, 28 and 42.
 
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Lynnette Luna / Fierce Broadband Wireless:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Undercover Cops and Politicians Escape BitTorrent Lawsuits
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Twitter's VP Engineering Mike Abbott Departs
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Google Said to Be Planning an MP3 Store