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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is At 250 Million Tweets Per Day, iOS 5 Integration Made Signups Increase 3x  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has just dropped some numbers at a dinner here at Web 2.0 Summit.  Costolo revealed that the company has gone from 100 million tweets per day to 1/4 billion tweets per day — a billion tweets every 4-5 days, he said.
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Amir Efrati / Digits:
Twitter CEO Costolo on Apple, Privacy, Free Speech and Google; Far From IPO
Discussion: Telegraph and @mathewi
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Twitter's CEO Just Confirmed An $8 Billion Valuation
Discussion: Fast Company, AppleInsider and FT Tech Hub, Thanks:docceng
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.
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Daniel Ruby / Localytics:
iOS 5 Already Powering 1 in 3 Eligible Devices  —  The latest and greatest Apple mobile operating system, iOS 5, has been available to the public for less than a week, and yet it's already been downloaded enough to power 33% of all eligible iOS devices.  If you remove the newly-launched iPhone 4S …
Discussion: TechCrunch, SlashGear and GigaOM
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
The Missed Red Flags on Groupon  —  This summer, Lloyd Blankfein, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs, flew to Chicago to personally pitch his firm to underwrite what was supposed to be the hottest initial public offering of the year: Groupon, the fledgling online coupon company that was being valued at around $30 billion.
Discussion: The Pondering Primate
David W. Martin / Cult of Mac:
Preliminary Reports Surface About iPhone 4S Screen Quality Issues  —  There is an open discussion on Apple's discussion forum where iPhone 4S owners are reporting problems they are having with their new phones display.  The majority of complaints are about how the display has a yellow tint …
Discussion: T3 News
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Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
4chan's Chris Poole: Facebook & Google Are Doing It Wrong  —  Chris Poole delivered the most powerful 10 minutes of Web philosophy of the afternoon at Web 2.0.  The man formerly known as moot - founder of anonymous image sharing den 4chan and its new, better-lit cousin, Canvas …
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 …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Samsung accused of lifting iPhone screenshot for Galaxy Player promo  —  Consumer electronics maker Samsung appears to have used a nearly three-year-old screen capture of the Maps application on the iPhone to promote its own Galaxy Player 50 portable media player.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
HTC Titan review  —  We knew as soon as we first clapped eyes on this hulk of a phone that it'd make a brave purchase.  It's not just the 4.7-inch screen that requires a leap of faith, but also the Windows Phone operating system, which is presented here in all its Mangofied glory but is still very much an early adopter's ecosystem.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Hold on to your pants: Microsoft ‘PocketTouch’ enables device input through fabric  —  Microsoft researchers have come up with a way to make devices sensitive to touch input through fabric — for silencing a phone or even entering text without taking the device out of a pocket or bag.
Katie Linsell / Bloomberg:
Losing $13.5 Billion to Piracy Spurs Microsoft-Led Europe Legal Push: Tech  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE) are among software companies that lost $13.5 billion to program pirates and counterfeiters in Europe last year.  Their message to lawmakers: Learn from the U.S. and punish the thieves.
Discussion: WinRumors and Neowin.net
Spencer Spinnell / The Official Google Blog:
More Google Wallet merchants are live.  Now you can pay AND save in a single tap.  —  We're hearing from people at check-out counters throughout the country that paying with your phone is a little like magic.  Just look at the ecstatic reaction on the faces of our friends who made their first Google Wallet purchases last Thursday.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP aims for bigger chunk of cloud transformation pie  —  Summary: HP steps up its data center services and systems rollout.  “All clouds reside somewhere in the data center,” says exec.  —  HP on Monday rolled out a series of services and systems designed aimed at enterprises looking to revamp data centers for cloud computing.
BBC:
England riots: Court rejects Facebook sentence appeals  —  The court upheld Jordan Blackshaw and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan's four-year sentences  —  Appeals by two men jailed for using Facebook to try to incite disorder during August's riots in England have been rejected by the Court of Appeal.
Jon Pielak / Vectorform Labs:
The impact of Apple's Siri release: From the former lead iPhone developer of Siri  —  OCT, WED 12TH, 2011 POSTED IN : Technical, User Experience BY : Jon Pielak Comments  —  The Siri application released with the iPhone 4s has the potential to radically impact how we interact with technology.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Five things to watch for in Apple's earnings tomorrow  —  Apple is once again expected to top Wall Street's estimates when it reports its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings tomorrow.  —  The maker of iPhones, iPads, and Macs is expected to post earnings of $7.27 per share on revenue of $29.3 billion …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Scoop: Skype founders gunning for Netflix with Vdio  —  Updated.  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?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Navigation And Traffic App Waze Raises $30M From Kleiner Perkins And Li Ka-shing  —  Social mapping and navigation company Waze has raised $30 million in new funding from Horizons Ventures Hong Kong (the fund that manages the private venture investments of Facebook investor Li Ka-shing) …
Discussion: GigaOM and AllThingsD
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Another View of Patents From James Dyson  —  The recent news about patents has all been about big technology companies loading up on them and litigating, especially in the smartphone market.  —  Microsoft, Apple and a few other companies paid $4.5 billion for the 6,000 patents held …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo CTO Out, But Stays EIR at Company  —  Yahoo CTO Raymie Stata is stepping down as CTO of the Silicon Valley Internet giant, the company confirmed this afternoon, after I made a query about the change.  —  He will be replaced by Ash Munshi, Yahoo said.  —  In a statement, the company said:
Softpedia News:
T-Mobile Releases Source Code for Galaxy S II  —  Wireless services provider T-Mobile has just added to its offering the high-end Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, and the carrier already made the source code for the device available for download.  —  The main difference between the T-Mobile flavor …
Tim Castle / Reuters:
UK-U.S. extradition review deals blow to hacker  —  (Reuters) - An extradition treaty with the United States is not biased against British criminal suspects, a judge-led review said on Tuesday, dealing a blow to campaigners fighting to stop a computer hacker being sent to stand trial in America.
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Price of Bitcoin Still Dropping, Falls Below the Price of Mining  —  The price of Bitcoin continues to drop by about a dollar every week to ten days, currently settling at about $2.80 USD, and Bitcoin enthusiasts are starting to get worried.  “I am not trying to cause a panic here …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Gawker and Gawker
 
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Ben Berkowitz / Reuters:
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Charles Hudson / Inside Mobile Apps:
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