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6:00 PM 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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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 4S Sales Now Reservation-Only at Apple Retail Stores in U.S. and Canada  —  Apple has updated its “how to buy” page for the iPhone 4S to note that Apple retail stores in the United States and Canada are now selling the device on a reservation-only basis.
Kellex / Droid Life:
DROID RAZR Revealed Early from Teaser Site  —  We talked earlier this morning about Moto's new teaser site from the DROID RAZR that will slowly be revealed up until launch.  Well, we discovered the image early...spoiler alert?  It matches up to all of the previous leaks we have seen …
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.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
UberMedia launches Twitter/Digg/Reddit/Facebook clone Chime.in  —  UberMedia CEO Bill Gross isn't dodging the fact that his latest app, Chime.in, is a patchwork of other successful apps.  —  “It's an amalgam of blogging and Reddit and Facebook — there's aspects of each in there,” he told VentureBeat in a phone interview last week.
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:   Bill Gross's New Social Network Chime.in Will Pay People to Use It
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Scoop: Skype founders gunning for Netflix with Vdio  —  With Skype's sale to Microsoft finally sealed, one might wonder: What are Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the European serial entrepreneurs that have founded KaZaA, Skype, Joost and Rdio, up to next?  The surprising answer …
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
HTC loses early U.S. decision vs Apple  —  (Reuters) - Taiwan's HTC Corp lost a patent infringement complaint filed against Apple Inc in a preliminary decision at the U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday.  —  An ITC administrative law judge found “no violation” …
Tim Moynihan / PC World:
Smartphone Camera Battle: iPhone 4S vs. the Android Elite  —  The iPhone 4S offers better camera specs than previous iPhones, but does it capture better-looking stills and videos than the best Android phones?  Let's find out.  —  By now, you've probably heard rumblings about why point …
Discussion: eWeek
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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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: Business Insider and CNET News
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Peter Delevett / Mercury News:
Luminaries pay tribute to Steve Jobs at Stanford service
Spencer Spinnell / Google Commerce:
More Google Wallet merchants are live.  Now you can pay AND save in a single tap.  —  (Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog)  —  We're hearing from people at check-out counters throughout the country that paying with your phone is a little like magic.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IBM Posts Q3 Revenue Of $26.2B With Net Income Up 7 Percent To $3.8B; Ups Outlook  —  IBM has released its third quarter results today, with non-GAAP diluted earnings coming in at $3.28 per share, compared with operating diluted earnings of $2.85 per share in the third quarter of 2010, an increase of 15 percent.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
VMware reports strong Q3, raises Q4 outlook
Ron Amadeo / Android Police:
[Exclusive] The Ice Cream Sandwich Gallery Is Likely Getting A Built-In Photo Editor; We've Got The Feature List  —  Google is working on building a photo editor into the Android Gallery.  That much we're certain about - we've got the icons for it.  It's not 100% confirmed that this will actually ship …
Farhad Manjoo / Fast Company:
The Great Tech War Of 2012  —  Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon battle for the future of the innovation economy.  —  Gilbert Wong, the mayor of Cupertino, California, calls his city council to order.  “As you know, Cupertino is very famous for Apple Computer, and we're very honored …
Discussion: Daily Patricia
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Adobe Releases Adobe Reader for iOS  —  Adobe today released its popular Adobe Reader PDF reading application for iOS devices; the software, available for free on the App Store, runs natively on the iPhone and iPad as a universal app.  Back in August, Adobe released CreatePDF for iOS …
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: TUAW
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.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Weakening Ad Business Vexes Yahoo Amid Sale Talk  —  As Yahoo Inc. shops itself to potential buyers, its core advertising business is weakening.  That trend is evident through Craig Atkinson's ad agency.  —  Mr. Atkinson is president of ad giant Omnicom Media Group's PHD unit …
Discussion: Business Insider
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Default Choices Are Hard to Resist, Online or Not  —  IN the wide-open Web, choice and competition are said to be merely “one click away,” to use Google's favorite phrase.  But in practice, the power of digital distribution channels, default product settings and traditional human behavior often matters most.
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's R&D spending hits bottom as percentage of revenue
Discussion: Gizmodo and 9to5Mac
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Samsung to supply A6 processors for next iPhone as chairman dispatches heir apparent for talks with Tim Cook?
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Serving at the Pleasure of the King
Discussion: Evolver.fm and MacNN
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
David Cameron will never shut down Facebook, even in times …