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Apple’s smartphone could’ve been available on five carriers this fall instead of just four, according to U.S. Cellular’s CEO Mary Dillon. Dillon revealed during the carrier’s earnings call that her company turned down the iPhone because Apple’s “terms were unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint.” Read more »

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Siri went down on Thursday for its first extended outage — around five hours, according to most counts. Five hours is hardly three days (like another noteworthy recent mobile service blackout), but the reaction of media and users show Apple’s personal assistant is making its presence felt. Read more »


Apple filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization on Thursday in order to get misleading porn domain redirects shut down. Among the list of seven domain names Apple is targeting is “,” which poses a potential image problem for Apple and its customers. Read more »

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Hulu has signed a five-year licensing agreement with The CW, the company announced Friday. The deal will bring current season programming, including The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl and Supernatural, to both subscribers of Hulu Plus, and Hulu’s ad-supported web-based service. Read more »


Apple has increased its R&D spending from $1.8 to $2.4 billion this year versus last, according to a filing Wednesday by Apple to the SEC. That’s a 33-percent increase, and makes the 2011 spend more than half that of the previous four years combined. Read more »


PBS will air an hour-long documentary about Apple’s iconic co-founder called Steve Jobs — One Last Thing on Nov. 2. The documentary will feature interviews with colleagues, professional and personal associates, many of whom appear in the new Walter Isaacson biography of Jobs. Read more »


A new survey of business professionals out of the U.K. reveals that RIM’s recent network problems could work out very well for enterprise adoption of Apple’s iPhone. A survey revealed a lot of individuals interested in defection, and Apple’s platform as the life raft of choice. Read more »

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