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Associated Press:
Jobs questioned authority all his life, book says  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new biography portrays Steve Jobs as a skeptic all his life - giving up religion because he was troubled by starving children, calling executives who took over Apple “corrupt” and delaying cancer surgery in favor of cleansings and herbal medicine.
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Marcus Baram / The Huffington Post:
Steve Jobs Biography Reveals He Told Obama, 'You're Headed For A One-Term Presidency' … In one of the most hotly-anticipated biographies of the year, “Steve Jobs,” author Walter Isaacson reveals that the Apple CEO offered to design political ads for President Obama's 2012 campaign despite …
CBS News:
Biographer: Jobs refused early and potentially life-saving surgery  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs refused to allow surgeons to perform what could have been life-saving surgery on his pancreatic cancer, says his biographer Walter Isaacson.  In one of his deepest discussions with him …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Steve Jobs biography reveals he thought Bill Gates “ripped off other people's ideas”  —  Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at D5: All Things Digital  —  A highly anticipated biography of Steve Jobs has revealed his true feelings about rival Bill Gates.  —  A new biography on the life of Steve Jobs is due to go on sale later this month.
Michael Liedtke / @liedtkesfc:
The AP obtained a copy of the new Steve Jobs bio and it leaves little doubt about the sense of betrayal Jobs felt with Google's Android
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
A New Look for Gmail  —  A video from Google's YouTube channel (update: the video is now private, but there's a mirror here) introduces a new Gmail interface.  It's based on the Preview theme that's already available in Gmail, but there are many other changes: an action bar that uses icons instead …
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Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
CONFIRMED: Google Redesigns Gmail, Here Are The Leaked Features
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:logicalmoron
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Anyone with a Smart Cover can break into your iPad 2  —  Talk over an iPhone 4S security flaw regarding Siri working from the Lock screen has made the rounds the past few days, but this “security flaw” is not so much a flaw, but an indented feature from Apple.
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Groupon to raise up to $540 million in IPO: filing  —  (Reuters) - Groupon Inc said in a regulatory filing on Friday that it plans to raise as much as $540 million in an initial public offering, less than previously planned, as the largest daily deals company grapples with a weak equity market …
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Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
HEY, GROUPON HATERS, ANALYZE THIS: Groupon Breaks Even In Q3
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Al Gore: T-Mobile / AT&T merger unlikely, will be hard to overcome Justice Department's challenge  —  He may not be a technology CEO or Chairman, but former Vice President Al Gore took the stage this morning here at AsiaD.  Naturally, we couldn't resist asking him about a hotly debated …
Discussion: Electronista and AllThingsD
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Al Gore on Steve Jobs: He's The Kind of Guy That Comes Along Once Every 250 Years
Discussion: Digits
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple airs its first amazing iPhone 4S Siri commercial  —  Apple has aired their first television commercial about the iPhone 4S and it is amazing.  The commercial is about the iPhone 4S Siri voice command feature and the ad goes through a few real-world uses of the feature.  Some Siri examples from the commercial:
Steve Yegge / Google+:
Last week I accidentally posted an internal rant about service platforms to my public Google+ account (i.e. this one).  It somehow went viral, which is nothing short of stupefying given that it was a massive Wall of Text.  The whole thing still feels surreal.  —  Amazingly, nothing bad happened to me at Google.
Discussion: Business Insider, TechCrunch and LAUNCH
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Google Soon To Release Source Code For Ice Cream Sandwich  —  Well, developers, it looks like Google will soon be releasing the code for Ice Cream Sandwich to the Android Open-Source Project.  Thanks to a Google+ post penned by Jean-Baptiste Queru, the Technical Lead of the Android Open Source Project …
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Tim Bray / Android Developers Blog:
New Public APIs in ICS
Discussion: The Next Web, thinq_ and PC Magazine
Helen Pidd / Guardian:
Facebook could face €100,000 fine for holding data that users have deleted  —  Social network will be audited by Irish data protection commissioner after Austrian law student registers 22 complaints  —  Facebook could face a fine of up to €100,000 (£87,000) …
Rob Crossley / Develop:
Sources point to 2013 launch for ‘Xbox Next’  —  Several projects already underway for new Microsoft system  —  Microsoft and industry partners are working towards a 2013 launch of the next generation Xbox, Develop understands.  —  Multiple sources across the industry …
Steve Clayton / TechNet Blogs:
Microsoft Research shows Holodesk  —  In the last few months we've seen some pretty great applications of natural user interface (NUI).  It seems fair to say that NUI is becoming more widely used and accepted in its various forms.  But not being ones to sit back and relax …
Alan Green / Official Google Reader Blog:
Upcoming changes to Reader: a new look, new Google+ features, and some clean-up  —  In the next week, we'll be making some highly requested changes to Google Reader.  First, we're going to introduce a brand new design (like many of Google's other products) that we hope you love.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Throttling Internet Providers Exposed  —  Hundreds of ISPs all over the world limit and restrict BitTorrent traffic on their networks.  Unfortunately, most companies are not very open about their network management solutions.  —  Thanks to data collected by Measurement Lab …
Kori Schulman / White House.gov Blog:
Watch: First Lady Michelle Obama's First Tweet  —  Before the first pitch at Game One of the World Series, First Lady Michelle Obama sent her first official tweet calling on all Americans to support our nation's military families.  Check out the clip:  —  As part of their Joining Forces initiative …
Discussion: AllThingsD and @joiningforces
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET Download.com:
15 years of Download.com, the original app store  —  Long before the iTunes Store was a glimmer in Steve Jobs' eye, Download.com launched in 1996 as the most comprehensive, safest place to get all your software, from the latest drivers and codecs to professional-grade programs.
Feross Aboukhadijeh / Feross.org:
HOW TO: Spy on the Webcams of Your Website Visitors  —  Update (10/19): CNET says that Adobe is working on a fix and it could be ready by end of week.  —  Update (10/19): Adobe emailed me and said “our product team is wrapping up their investigation and is now working on a fix, which should not require a Flash Player update”.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google's Android movie rentals launch in the UK with a catalog of over 1,000 titles  —  BREAK THE NEWS!  —  Having announced that movie rentals would be coming to the Android Market at its I/O conference and launching in the U.S, Google has rolled out its movie service for Android devices in the UK …
Discussion: Telegraph and Phones Review
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
A Google TV 2.0 Sneak Peak  —  After reading my Google TV 2.0 lament, our friend Scott Greczkowski of Satellite Guys passed us a few dozen action shots of the upcoming lean back experience.  —  The original Google TV initiative, comprised of Sony and Logitech hardware, wasn't exactly well received in the marketplace.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Gizmodo
 
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