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12:20 AM ET, October 20, 2011

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Reuters:
Apple stores close, windows covered with sheets  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc closed its stores across the United States on Wednesday for several hours to commemorate co-founder Steve Jobs, who died on October 5.  —  Apple's retail stores were shuttered with its signature tall glass windows covered …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Steve Jobs' biographer on 60 Minutes  —  The drumroll begins with Walter Isaacson's appearance on CBS TV Sunday night  —  This just tweeted by @60Minutes:  —  SUNDAY: Steve Kroft sits down with historian Walter Isaacson for the first look at the authorized biography of Steve Jobs.
Discussion: VentureBeat, MacNN, iPhone and 9to5Mac
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple receives more than 1 million Steve Jobs tributes, creates new ‘Remembering Steve’ page  —  When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away, Apple immediately paid its own tribute to its talismanic leader by posting a memorial page on its website, also asking those that wanted to pay …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Android Chief Says Your Phone Should Not Be Your Assistant  —  Andy Rubin thinks there is a lot of potential for phones to be more useful companions, but says he is not interested in turning Android devices into personal assistants.  —  “I don't believe that your phone should be an assistant …
Discussion: Electronista
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Lee Youkyung / Yonhap News Agency:
Galaxy Nexus designed to bypass Apple patents: Samsung mobile chief  —  The Galaxy Nexus smartphone, the first handset built using a new version of the Android system called “ice cream sandwich,” is designed to bypass potential legal attacks from Apple Inc., the mobile chief of Samsung Electronics Co. said.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Brin: “I'm Not A Social Person” But “Google+, I Instantly Found Compelling”  —  Google cofounder Sergey Brin made a surprise appearance at Web 2.0 Summit today, and in talking about Google Plus, he said despite not being social himself, he found the service compelling.
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Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Nokia 800 Windows Phone's Three Colors Revealed  —  Besides adopting much of its design language from the “boutique” N9, it now looks like the upcoming Nokia 800 Windows Phone 7 will also come in the same trio of colors as its Meego-powered linemate.  New imagery, which gives us the best look yet …
Eric Hautala / The Windows Blog:
Updates: Windows Phone 7.5 now available more broadly  —  Hello everyone.  When we kicked off the global rollout of Windows Phone 7.5, I told you we planned to balance quality with speed.  And for three weeks we've been watching quality while sending update notices to a growing fraction of phones.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
If You Sold Your Apple Stock Today, You're An Idiot  —  Before I begin, two points:  —  1) I do not own any Apple stock.  I have absolutely no interest in whether the stock goes up or down.  —  2) One can make an argument that there may be other reasons to sell Apple's stock now (namely …
Discussion: asymco
Wall Street Journal:
Private-Equity Firms Circling Yahoo  —  Private-equity firms are knee-deep in work on a potential buyout of Yahoo Inc., which has been weighing its strategic options in recent weeks.  —  Almost every major U.S. private-equity firm, including Silver Lake Partners, Blackstone Group, TPG Capital …
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Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Bidders balk at Yahoo's “no cross talk” provision: sources
Discussion: Electronista
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Music Store - “With a Twist” - Coming Soon, Says Android Boss  —  Google worked for a long time to get a music store/service up and running with the blessing of the big music labels.  But last spring all of that broke down, so Google launched a cloud-based music locker on its own.
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Google Mobile Boss Andy Rubin on Apple, Microsoft and Tablets
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Activates iTunes Match Setting in iOS 5, Suggesting Imminent Launch  —  While Apple launched iOS 5 and iCloud last week, the company pushed back the debut of its paid iTunes Match service in the United States until the “end of October”.  While iTunes Match had been in beta testing …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Apple's iPhone 4S Cracked Open, Money Spills Out  —  From the outside, Apple's iPhone 4S looks an awful lot like its predecessor, the iPhone 4.  Apple fans and investors were initially so disappointed when the phone turned out not to be a more revolutionary iPhone 5, the company's shares fell on October 4 …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Electronista
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Bad Siri!  She'll let anyone use a locked iPhone 4S  —  The voice-activated feature on the new iPhone 4S will let anyone use the phone to send e-mails and text messages and make calls even if it is passcode locked, security firm Sophos revealed today and CNET has confirmed.  —  Try it.
Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Plans Scaled-Back IPO  —  Groupon Inc. plans an initial public offering of less than 10% of the discount deal company at a valuation of less than $12.5 billion in light of recent market volatility and the company's missteps, according to people familiar with the deal.
Phil Mui / Google Analytics Blog:
Introducing Flow Visualization: visualizing visitor flow  —  Many of you have shared with us difficulties you've experienced when using traditional path analysis tools.  For instance, many of these tools don't sensibly group related visitor paths and pages, and segmentation analysis can be difficult.
Sean Hollister / This is my next:
Lytro plenoptic light-field camera pre-orders begin today at $399, devices ship in 2012 (video)  —  What if you had a camera whose images could be re-focused minutes, days or years after the shot, or viewed in 3D?  That's what a company called Lytro promises you'll get in this tiny little box for just $399.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Apple's Newsstand Is Already Booming For Some Magazine Publishers  —  Early indications are that Apple's new iOS features for publishers have had an immediate beneficial impact.  — Exact Editions, which says it made about 10 percent of the Newsstand app titles on iTunes Store …
Discussion: Mixed Media, MacStories and parislemon
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Path, The Social Sharing Service With The 150 Friend Limit, Now Has 1 Million Users  —  Social mobile photo-sharing service Path now has more than 1 million users, says its founder Dave Morin.  —  That's up from 500,000 people in early June.  —  Path forces users to limit their social networks …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Shows Your IP Address  —  One way to find your IP address is to search for [my ip] using Google and click the top search result.  Now it's no longer necessary to go to the first result because Google answers your questions and shows your IP.  You can use: [my ip], [my ip address] …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Will the tablet market really grow bigger than the PC market?  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook made an interesting prediction yesterday on the company's earnings call: That the tablet market will eventually be larger than the PC market.  —  Here's what Tim said, via Seeking Alpha's transcript:
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft delivers developer preview of Roslyn compiler as a service  —  Summary: Microsoft has made available a test build of its “Roslyn” compiler as a service technology.  The final release will be some time after Visual Studio 2012, officials are now confirming.
Discussion: The Next Web and WinBeta
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Exclusive - Twitter looks at ex-Googler, others for board  —  (Reuters) - Microblogging service Twitter is looking for a director to bolster its board's business credentials and diversity, and candidates include a former Google Inc executive, a person familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: MediaFile
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
ARM launches ultra-power-efficient processing  —  It's the architects of smart phones that are really pushing the envelope for energy-efficient computing.  On Wednesday, processor licensing company ARM announced it has designed an ultra-efficient processor core, the Cortex-A7 …
Discussion: eWeek
Chris Hall / Pocket-lint:
Motorola RAZR Ice Cream Sandwich update coming early 2012  —  Motorola has revealed that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola RAZR will be pushed out OTA at the beginning of 2012.  —  The Motorola RAZR was announced on Tuesday at a New York event for the Verizon network in the US …
 
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