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A roundup of stories making headlines across the tech industry today …  

BlackBerry users in the U.S. and Canada today are getting a taste of the outages that have frustrated users in other parts of the world, with many users reporting an inability to use e-mail, messaging and Internet services on their devices. In a teleconference this afternoon, Research in Motion blamed technical problems in its European infrastructure and said it’s working to restore service, but the timing is unknown.

Apple’s iOS5 is available for download today for existing iPhone 4 and 3GS phones (as well as iPad and iPod touch) in advance of the iPhone 4S launch later this week. Features include support for the new iCloud synchronization service, which is also launching today. The update is available via iTunes, after upgrading to the new iTunes 10.5.

Microsoft today started accepting registrations for a public preview of its fall dashboard update for its Xbox Live service, but it looks like overwhelming interest is preventing registrations for now. WinRumors has details on the program and where to go to sign up. Microsoft’s Major Nelson assures users that there will be room in the preview. The upgrade will include the Xbox TV service when it launches this fall.

Security updates for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 were released today via Windows Update. Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet has details.


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