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12:00 AM ET, October 17, 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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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.
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Steve Jobs, a Genius of Store Design, Too
Discussion: ifoAppleStore
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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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.
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 …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Sprint iPhone Users Complaining of Slow 3G Data Speeds  —  Some Sprint customers are reporting slow data speeds now that the iPhone has finally launched on the country's number three network.  —  There is a lengthy thread on Sprint's discussion boards, with iPhone 4S owners reporting extremely slow data speeds on launch day.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Head To Head: Siri Vs. Google Voice Actions  —  When you first begin using Siri it's not entirely clear what you can do with it.  (It's also not clear how to access it.)  Yesterday Danny wrote up some initial thoughts/criticisms of the Siri local search experience.
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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.
Discussion: Neowin.net
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.
Jean-Baptiste Queru / Google+:
Dizzying but invisible depth  —  You just went to the Google home page.  —  Simple, isn't it?  —  What just actually happened?  —  Well, when you know a bit of about how browsers work, it's not quite that simple.  You've just put into play HTTP, HTML, CSS, ECMAscript, and more.
Discussion: @shioyama and @pud
Zee / The Next Web:
Sesame Street's YouTube Channel Gets Hacked.  Badly.  —  Children hoping to watch Sesame Street on YouTube on Sunday were greeted with quite the opposite.  The channel was hacked, all videos deleted, design modified and graphic porn uploaded.  A blurred screenshot is posted below.
The National:
BlackBerry cuts made roads safer, police say  —  ABU DHABI // A dramatic fall in traffic accidents this week has been directly linked to the three-day disruption in BlackBerry services.  —  In Dubai, traffic accidents fell 20 per cent from average rates on the days BlackBerry users were unable to use its messaging service.
 
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
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Discussion: @scottmace and CircleID
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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 Earlier Items: 
Business Week:
The Shadowy World of iPhone Cases
Discussion: parislemon and AppleInsider
David Meyer / BBC:
EU plan to spend billions on boosting broadband speeds
Richard L. Brandt / Wall Street Journal:
Jeff Bezos of Amazon: Birth of a Salesman