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10:25 AM ET, October 21, 2011

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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 …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
New Book Details Jobs's Fight Against Cancer  —  In his last years, Steven P. Jobs veered from exotic diets to cutting-edge treatments as he fought the cancer that ultimately took his life, according to a new biography to be published on Monday.  —  His early decision to put off surgery …
CBS News:
Biographer: Jobs refused early and potentially life-saving surgery
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Steve Jobs biography reveals he thought Bill Gates “ripped off other people's ideas”
Discussion: Computerworld and Business Insider
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
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon's third quarter: 1.4 million LTE devices boost wireless unit  —  Summary: Verizon handled a strike and storm outages well as it activated 1.4 million LTE devices to carry the third quarter.  —  Verizon reported a strong third quarter and indicated that it was on track to hit …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Verizon sold 2M iPhones last quarter, 700K less than AT&T  —  Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., sold two million iPhone 4 units last quarter, falling 700,000 short of rival AT&T. The carrier also declined to reveal its launch numbers for the iPhone 4S.
Discussion: everythingiCafe
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Al Gore on Steve Jobs: He's The Kind of Guy That Comes Along Once Every 250 Years  —  As an Apple board member, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore spent a lot of time with company co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away earlier this month.  During an interview at AsiaD today …
Discussion: Digits and Softpedia News
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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.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
HEY, GROUPON HATERS, ANALYZE THIS: Groupon Breaks Even In Q3  —  For the past six months, just about every pundit in the world has piled on Groupon, denouncing it as a crappy, fraudulent Ponzi scheme that will ultimately collapse in a heap.  —  At the heart of this collective dismissal …
Discussion: AllThingsD and Wall Street Journal
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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:
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
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
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) …
Ben Parr / Mashable:
AdJitsu Does What Apple Should Have Done With iAds  —  Remember iAds?  Apple's mobile ad format that was designed to inject emotion back into advertising.  It was supposed to be one of the pillars of iOS.  Apple even paid $275 million to acquire Quattro Wireless for its mobile ad technology.
Thanks:markwang99
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Android Tablets Gained on IPad in Third Quarter, Researcher Says  —  Sales of tablet computers running Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Android software rose last quarter at the expense of Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPad, after companies led by Samsung Electronics Co. introduced new models, according to a researcher.
Discussion: The Register, BGR and Business Wire
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 …
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 …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Veokami: A new way to watch concert videos online  —  There are many hardcore fans who record videos, either through handheld Flip cameras or even on their mobile phones, who later upload those videos to YouTube.  But if you're looking for a specific show, or perhaps a moment in that show …
Discussion: Lifehacker
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 …
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 …
 
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Dan Levine / Reuters:
Oracle can use Google email in patent case: judge
Discussion: Inquirer
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Considers a New iOS Device Design for Easier Repairs
Discussion: Gizmodo UK and Gadget Lab
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Iris Is (Sort Of) Siri For Android
Alan Green / Official Google Reader Blog:
Upcoming changes to Reader: a new look, new Google+ features, and some clean-up