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10:50 AM ET, October 17, 2011

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Apple:
iPhone 4S First Weekend Sales Top Four Million  —  Apple® today announced it has sold over four million of its new iPhone® 4S, just three days after its launch on October 14.  In addition, more than 25 million customers are already using iOS 5, the world's most advanced mobile operating system …
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Apple sells more than 4 million iPhone 4S units in just 3 days, that's double the iPhone 4 sales rate
Discussion: Computerworld
Jung-Ah Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Seeks iPhone 4S Sales Ban in Japan, Australia  —  SEOUL—Samsung Electronics Co. said it is seeking to stop the sale of Apple Inc.'s new iPhone 4S in Japan and Australia, further ramping up a legal clash with the U.S. company after a series of setbacks in courts around the world in recent days.
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung won't get preliminary injunction against iPhone 4S in Australia, situation less clear in Japan  —  A couple of hours ago, Samsung claimed to be “counter-attacking Apple again” with preliminary injunction requests in Australia and Japan, targeting the iPhone 4S.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Samsung to supply A6 processors for next iPhone as chairman dispatches heir apparent for talks with Tim Cook?  —  In spite of its ongoing litigation with Apple, Samsung is allegedly ramping up production of the Apple-designed A6 chips in its manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas, which opened in 2007.
Jim Gianopulos / Hollywood Reporter:
A Studio Chief Pens Revealing First-Person Steve Jobs Remembrance … “I'm coming to Paros.”  Hearing those words was much scarier than you'd think.  —  During the spring and summer of 2006, Steve Jobs was negotiating with Fox and other studios to expand iTunes from selling digital music and TV shows to selling feature films.
Discussion: CNET News
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Peter Delevett / Mercury News:
Luminaries pay tribute to Steve Jobs at Stanford service  —  The technology industry's leading lights gathered Sunday evening to bid farewell to one who shone perhaps the brightest.  —  Steve Jobs — the former Apple CEO who revolutionized computing, telephones, animated films and the music industry …
Reuters:
Apple's iPhone luring people to ditch rival phones  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc's latest iPhone looks set to become its bestselling device ever, and one reason appears to be disenchantment with rival smartphones.  —  Nearly one in four people who thronged Apple stores from Tokyo …
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Serving at the Pleasure of the King  —  I enjoy my iPhone tremendously; I think it's the most important product Apple has ever created and one they were born to make.  As a consumer who has waited far too long for the phone industry to get the swift kick in the ass it so richly deserved, I'm entirely on Apple's side here.
Discussion: MacStories
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of Deal  —  SEATTLE — Amazon.com has taught readers that they do not need bookstores.  Now it is encouraging writers to cast aside their publishers.  —  Amazon will publish 122 books this fall in an array of genres, in both physical and e-book form.
Scott Hanselman:
There is only one Cloud Icon in the Entire Universe  —  I recently worked on the update to the ASP.NET site, now in beta at http://beta.asp.net.  On that site we used an icon from the Pictos collection.  I have an email from March of 2010 where we selected that icon, in fact.
Discussion: The Next Web
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Introducing Instapaper 4.0 for iPad and iPhone  —  The iPhone reading screens also no longer show the top status bar by default (but there's an option to put it back).  This gives a larger, less distracting reading area without sacrificing easy access to the toolbar or annoying customers with finicky full-screen tap modes.
Discussion: iLounge
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's R&D spending hits bottom as percentage of revenue  —  Summary: Apple's research and development spending as a percentage of revenue has been on the decline for years.  Apple doubled down 2000 through 2005 and is harvesting the returns now.  —  Guess what Apple's research and development spending is as a percentage of revenue?
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Google Music Store Will Launch This Quarter  —  Google's long awaited music store is on schedule for launch this quarter, and the major labels are starting to spread the word to their subsidiaries and partners.  —  We got word from the owner of an independent record label.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
David Cameron will never shut down Facebook, even in times of civil unrest, such as the riots, according to a top executive at the social network.  —  It was thought that after a number of executives from Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry were summoned to a meeting with Theresa May …
 
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Default Choices Are Hard to Resist, Online or Not
Discussion: ZDNet, Thanks:lutherlowe
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Too Little, Too Late: Motorola Will Start Selling A $400 Xoom
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
BlackBerry outage victims offered apps not cash
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Research in Motion Pins Hopes on Its Next OS
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon's new locker delivery system now live in New York
Discussion: Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Facebook spending on business equipment nearly triples
Thanks:sjcobrien
Dan Hart / Bloomberg:
Kodak Licenses Projection Patents to Imax
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Time zone database has new home after lawsuit
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Head To Head: Siri Vs. Google Voice Actions
 

 
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Amid a dispute between music publishers and Spotify, the NMPA asks Congress to change copyright law to give rights holders more options to negotiate royalties

Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

 
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