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12:40 PM ET, October 18, 2011

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Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Dropbox: The Inside Story Of Tech's Hottest Startup  —  Here's that rare Steve Jobs story, one that's never been told, about the company that got away.  Jobs had been tracking a young software developer named Drew Houston, who blasted his way onto Apple's radar screen when he reverse-engineered …
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
After Rejecting An Acquisition Offer From Steve Jobs, Dropbox Raises $250 Million To Defend Itself Against iCloud  —  It's officially official.  —  After months of press leaks, Dropbox announced it raised $250 million at a $4 billion valuation.  —  Even though the company says its profitable …
Discussion: Business Wire and silicontap.com
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: VatorNews, Telegraph and @mathewi
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.
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Motorola Droid RAZR for Verizon announced, just 7.1mm thick  —  The phone known alternately as the Spyder, the Droid RAZR, and the Droid HD prior to its release is now official — and Motorola has decided to go with the Droid RAZR name.  As expected, it's got LTE for Verizon …
Discussion: 9to5Google, TechCrunch and Engadget
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Todd Haselton / BGR:   Verizon unveils DROID RAZR by Motorola, pre-orders begin October 27th for $299.99
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.
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: Inquirer, PC Magazine, TG Daily and T3 News
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Nexus Prime pic, specifications outed by NTT DoCoMo?  —  Samsung's official press event in Hong Kong to debut the Nexus Prime smartphone isn't until Wednesday morning, but a Japanese carrier appears to have shared details of the phone on Tuesday.  NTT DoCoMo has reportedly shown a picture of the phone …
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 …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 4S Sales Now Reservation-Only at Apple Retail Stores in U.S. and Canada
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.
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 …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
RIM Co-CEO unveils next-gen BBX platform  —  Research in Motion Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis pulled back the curtain on a new name for its next-generation operating system, BBX.  BBX combines the best qualities of RIM's older BlackBerry operating system and its QNX platform, which powers the PlayBook tablet …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lookout Finally Brings Intelligent Smartphone Security And Tracking Application To iOS  —  Lookout, a company that offers security services for a number of smartphone platforms has long catered to the mobile security need of Android, Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry users but has not offered an iOS app.
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
[Exclusive] Ice Cream Sandwich Will Finally Bring Native Screenshot Capabilities To Android  —  In what will probably be the last melting drop of the Ice Cream Sandwich leaks (oh the puns), we wanted to highlight one highly desired little feature ICS is finally going to bring to Android …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Khosla, Founders Fund, and Eric Schmidt Put $10 Million Into BillGuard  —  The other day, I mentioned in passing that Khosla Ventures invested in BillGuard, a TC Disrupt finalist from last May.  Here are more details.  It turns out that Khosla led the round, a $10 million series B …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google Docs Presentations Get Real-Time Collaboration, Transitions and Animations  —  Just about a year and a half ago, most of Google's productivity apps in the Google Docs suite received major overhauls that brought real-time collaboration and a number of other new features to Google's online document, spreadsheet and drawing tools.
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) …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Oracle Buys Enterprise Search And Data Management Company Endeca  —  Oracle has acquired Endeca, a company that powers enterprise search for large companies.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Endeca has raised a total of $65 million from Bessemer, Venrock, Intel, SAP …
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.
Ben Berkowitz / Reuters:
From a single hashtag, a protest circled the world  —  (Reuters) - It all started innocuously enough with a July 13 blog post urging people to #OccupyWallStreet, as though such a thing (Twitter hashtag and all) were possible.  —  It turns out, with enough momentum and a keen sense of how to use social media, it actually is.
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.
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:
Steven Russolillo / Wall Street Journal:
‘Dark Pool’ Looks to Bring Pre-IPO Firms to Institutions  —  Liquidnet Inc., a so-called dark-pool operator that specializes in keeping big investors' stock-market bets out of the public eye, plans to launch a platform that will enable trading in privately held companies like technology firms Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc.
Discussion: Financial Times
 
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Katie Linsell / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: WinRumors and Neowin.net
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Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Online dance party, The Hype Machine, announces 1 million users
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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Hulu Puts Disney, News Corp. in New Quandary
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Price of Bitcoin Still Dropping, Falls Below the Price of Mining
Discussion: Softpedia News, Gawker and Gawker