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4:25 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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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  —  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
Jerry Brown / @jerrybrowngov:
This Sunday will be Steve Jobs Day in the State of California.
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.
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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 …
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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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?”
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Siri voice command system ported from iPhone 4S to iPhone 4 (video)
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
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.
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 …
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
 
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