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5:50 AM ET, October 15, 2011

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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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Bradley Horowitz / Google+:
Buzzkill  —  As you may have read, today we announced our plans to retire Google Buzz along with some other products.  Many people anticipated that we would retire Buzz, so this shouldn't come as a huge surprise.  But as someone closely involved in the creation of Buzz, I wanted to share some personal thoughts.
Discussion: The Sociable and CNET News
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Axes More Services: Jaiku, Buzz, Code Search & More
Discussion: BGR, silicontap.com and @ded
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Google's Buzz kill completes shift to Google+
Discussion: @edbott and Computerworld
Jeff Benjamin / iDownloadBlog.com:
iPhone 4S Showdown: AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint Speed Test!  —  AT&T has not one, but two worthy competitors ready to battle it out for iPhone 4S supremacy, and this time the playing field is far more level than it's ever been.  —  No longer is Verizon relegated to playing catchup, and did you hear?
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Launch of the iPhone 4S Leads to Siri-ously Good Sales for Carriers  —  It's not a shocker, but the availability of the iPhone 4S gave Sprint its best sales day ever.  —  The company, which is investing heavily to at long last get the iPhone on its network, said it broke its record by 1 pm ET on Friday.
Jon Orlin / TechCrunch:
Steve Wozniak On How The iPhone 4S Will Change His Life (TCTV)  —  Steve Wozniak likes to be the first person in line to buy the latest Apple products.  This evening, the Apple co-founder and designer of the Apple I and II, was #1 on line outside the Apple store in Los Gatos, California to get the iPhone 4S.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Apple shares close at all time high on day of iPhone 4S launch
Discussion: Shiny Objects, CNET News and SlashGear
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Steve Jobs Memorial Service To Be Held Oct. 16  —  Apple Inc. has invited some of Silicon Valley's biggest names to a memorial service for Steve Jobs Sunday, Oct. 16, according to a copy of the invitation and several invitees.  —  The event will be held at Stanford University's campus Sunday evening, according to the invitation.
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Jerry Brown / @jerrybrowngov:
Discussion: Mashable!, The Next Web, Bits and BetaNews
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
The Three Ventureers: Andreessen Horowitz Joining Conway and Milner in Y Combinator Start Fund  —  Silicon Valley venture firm Andreessen Horowitz said today that it was joining well-known investors Ron Conway and DST Global's Yuri Milner in the Y Combinator Start Fund, which gives $150,000 to each start-up in its semi-annual group.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Joins The Start Fund To Seed YC Companies
Discussion: semil's blog
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Post-PC LibreOffice heads for Web, iOS, Android  —  LibreOffice programmers are working to bring the LibreOffice suite, whose presentation module is shown here, to iOS, Android, and browsers.  —  LibreOffice, the project forked from OpenOffice.org, is moving into the modern era …
Discussion: Ars Technica and The H Open Source, Thanks:stshank
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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.
Vincent Paquet / Google Voice Blog:
First steps Towards MMS support  —  MMS has been one of the constant feature requests since we launched Google Voice and we've been hard at work trying to make this happen.  —  Today, we're happy to announce that we've made the first step in our efforts to bring this feature to our users.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Congress, wary of Amazon's Silk browser, demands answers on privacy  —  Congress is trying to wrap its collective head around Amazon's new Silk Web browser.  —  At a privacy hearing yesterday, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) expressed outrage at the way Silk's “split” design can funnel all user browsing data through Amazon's backend servers.
 
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CNN:
Suspect in celebrity hacker case ordered to Los Angeles
Discussion: Forbes.com
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Rolls Out New App Authentication Flow That Ups Privacy and Transparency
Discussion: WebProNews
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Apparently, FBI's ‘Forensics Team’ Creates Aged Photos Of Terrorists By Doing Random Google Image Searches
Discussion: Guardian
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Barnes & Noble Takes Over Borders' Website, Facebook and Twitter Accounts
Discussion: Electronista
Brian Carter / All Facebook:
The Average Facebook Post Lives 22 Hours And 51 Minutes
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Paul Carr's ‘The New Gambit’ Wants To Be ‘The Economist,’ But Funny (And Tablet-Only!)
Discussion: Blog. and FishbowlLA
David Kravets / Threat Level:
U.S. Copyright Czar Cozied Up to Content Industry, E-Mails Show
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Just Win, Baby  —  The biggest challenge I faced as a tech blogger …
Discussion: @karaswisher
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla bashes Microsoft's browser security test
Discussion: WinRumors and PC World
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Amazon Lists All Its Verizon Phones For One Penny With A New Contract
Discussion: CNET News
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook review
Discussion: This is my next and TechCrunch
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Motorola DROID HD (RAZR/Spyder) specs revealed; said to be ‘faster than the iPhone 4S’