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October 5, 2011: 3:30 AM ET

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* After months of intense speculation, Apple (AAPL) and CEO Tim Cook announced the comparably-priced iPhone 4S for AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S), with the same dual-core processor featured in the iPad, an improved 8-megapixel camera, a major operating system update in iOS5, and Siri, a voice recognition "assistant" that makes calls, sends texts, and books calendar appointments among other things. Pre-orders begin October 7, with units available in-store Oct. 14. Watch video of the event here. (Apple)

* Salesforce.com (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff's appearance at Oracle OpenWorld was canceled, and Benioff blames Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. For its part, an Oracle (ORCL) spokesperson says the change was due to "overwhelming [event] attendance," however speculation points to a difference of company philosophies turning into a feud. Never one to admit defeat, Benioff has instead set up an alternate venue at a San Francisco restaurant to speak. (All Things D and Marc Benioff via Facebook)

* Cult of Android claims that Kindle Fire pre-sales are well, on fire, pointing to supposedly leaked screenshots of Amazon's (AMZN) internal inventory that show the color tablet is selling over 50,000 units a day. If that's the case, then the company already has another hit on its hands. (Cult of Android)

* Napster, which was just purchased by Rhapsody, is laying off 120 employees Dec. 16. (GigaOm)

* IBM (IBMis acquiring Q1 Labs, a security intel software company, for an unspecified amount and using it to form a security unit. (Between the Lines/ZDNET)

* According to Twitter Chief Revenue Officer Adam Bain, the "information network" now has 1,600 advertisers. (TechCrunch)

* U.S. mobile ad spending is expected to top $1 billion for the first time this year. (eMarketer)

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JP Mangalindan
JP Mangalindan
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JP Mangalindan is a San Francisco-based writer at Fortune, covering Silicon Valley. Since joining in 2010, he has written on a wide array of topics, from the turnaround of eBay to the evolution of net neutrality. A graduate of Fordham University, Mangalindan has also written for GQ, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly.

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