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4:15 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.
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: CNET News and GigaOM
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: Adweek
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
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 …
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
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” …
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
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.
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: Evolver.fm and MacNN
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.
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.
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?
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Tom Harvey / Salt Lake Tribune:
Novell-Microsoft trial opens Monday in SLC  —  Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in a trial in which Utah-based Novell Inc. is accusing Microsoft Corp. of anti-trust behavior in the mid-90s as Novell tried to compete head-to-heard against the software giant.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, WinRumors, V3.co.uk and Neowin.net
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 …
Vincent Chang / cellular-news:
Samsung marks 30 million global sales of Galaxy S and Galaxy SII  —  ­Samsung Electronics today announced that its Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy SII smartphones have achieved a combined total of 30 million global sales.  —  Galaxy SII has set a new record for Samsung …
 
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Discussion: SlashGear
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F.C.C. and Wireless Carriers Agree to Alerts to Fight ‘Bill Shock’
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