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5:15 AM ET, October 16, 2011

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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 …
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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?”
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.
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.
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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 …
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
Gizmodo:
The Great iPhone 4S National Network Speed Test  —  You did it.  You've got your brand new iPhone.  Siri!  The better camera!  But how fast is it on your carrier's network?  Push that download to the max.  —  Using our Official Gizmodo Download Speed Ultra Test 6500™, you can check how your mobile downloads stack up.
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Jon Orlin / TechCrunch:
Steve Wozniak On How The iPhone 4S Will Change His Life (TCTV)
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 …
Business Week:
The Shadowy World of iPhone Cases  —  Smartphone case makers rely on rumors and leaks to get their products on the market first  —  In the weeks leading up to Apple's Oct. 4 announcement about the new iPhone 4S, Tim Hickman lived and breathed rumors about the device.
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 …
Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
Germans Condemn Police Use of Spyware  —  BERLIN — A group that calls itself the Chaos Computer Club prompted a public outcry here recently when it discovered that German state investigators were using spying software capable of turning a computer's webcam and microphone into a sophisticated surveillance device.
Dave McClure / Quora:
500 Startups: A Continuing Work in Progress.  —  ok, it's been over a year since http://500startups.com has been up & running (altho almost two years we've been working on deals, and about 9 months we've been running the incubator/accelerator).  in any case, while we may still be rookie VCs …
 
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