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1:25 PM ET, October 16, 2011

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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Steve Jobs' last big project: The next iPhone  —  The iPhone 4S is not the last major project that Steve Jobs worked on, according to one analyst.  That would be the next iPhone—let's call it the iPhone 5.  —  The next-generation iPhone “was the last project that Steve Jobs was intimately involved with from concept to final design.
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James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Steve Jobs, a Genius of Store Design, Too  —  WHEN the architect Peter Bohlin arrived for his first meeting with Steve Jobs, he wore a tie.  “Steve laughed, and I never wore a tie again,” Mr. Bohlin recalled.  —  Thus began a collaboration that has extended from Pixar's headquarters …
Discussion: ifoAppleStore
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Samsung heir apparent invited to Jobs memorial: source  —  (Reuters) - The president and chief operating officer of Samsung Electronics, Lee Jae-yong, has been invited to Apple Inc's private memorial service for Steve on Sunday, a source with the knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Sunday.
Discussion: Electronista and Sammy Hub
Jerry Brown / @jerrybrowngov:
This Sunday will be Steve Jobs Day in the State of California.
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Google Voice pulled from App Store following iOS 5 crash  —  What once was there now is gone.  Earlier today, Google Voice was just two clicks away in the iOS App Store.  Now, all that remains is a page cache (at the source link below) and versions of the app that were already installed on iPhones and iPod touches.
Jon Phillips / Gadget Lab:
iOS 5: Exploring 7 Hidden New Features  —  iPhone 4S owners are poised to become members of an elite class.  Their new phones boast an improved camera, dual antennae and an unpaid personal intern named Siri — all relevant talking points in “Who's got the real iPhone?” one-upsmanship battles.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Siri Service on Apple's iPhone 4S Talks Back With Humor  —  New Devices Dish Out Sarcasm, Tell Jokes; ‘Two iPhones Walk Into a Bar’  —  Now even your phone talks back.  —  Matt Legend Gemmell, a software designer from Edinburgh, got a new Apple Inc. iPhone on Friday and asked it: “Who's your daddy?”
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Siri voice command system ported from iPhone 4S to iPhone 4 (video)  —  Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has been working with 9to5Mac exclusively to port the iPhone 4S Siri voice command system to the iPhone 4.  Troughton-Smith was able to get the beginning steps of a full port rolling …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple already selling unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S in the United States  —  Although Apple says that they will begin selling unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S units in the United States in November, we have learned otherwise.  Select Apple Stores in the United States …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Are Facebook ID Cards In Our Future?  —  Facebook has filed for a trademark on the usage of “Facebook” on business cards and, more curiously, “non-magnetically encoded” ID cards among other things.  If granted the trademark would protect using the word Facebook in the specified formats, not any actual invention.
Richard L. Brandt / Wall Street Journal:
Jeff Bezos of Amazon: Birth of a Salesman  —  Behind the rise of Jeff Bezos and Amazon: Richard L. Brandt on the founder's Texas roots, the site's chaotic early days, why negative reviews are allowed and his increasing use of personal data.  —  Jeffrey Preston Bezos was 4 years old …
Discussion: The Orange View
Rusty Blazenhoff / Laughing Squid:
One Year-Old Baby Thinks Magazine Is an iPad That Does Not Work  —  Jean-Louis Constanza posted a video, titled A Magazine Is an iPad That Does Not Work, featuring a one-year old baby trying to manipulate a traditional paper magazine like a touchscreen Apple iPad. … via Nerdcore
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Google's Honeycomb offensive musters just 3.4m tablets  —  Apple's iPad may still be sitting pretty at the top of the consumer tablet charts, but questions still remain over whether Android 3.x Honeycomb really has been a sales failure so far.  Google and its manufacturer partners are yet …
 
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