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6:40 PM ET, October 21, 2011

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Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Jobs's final plan: an ‘integrated’ Apple TV  —  View Photo Gallery —  Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple and revolutionized personal computing, died Oct. 5.  He suffered from a rare form of pancreatic cancer.  —  The new biography on Steve Jobs has a major product reveal: Apple may drop a full-fledged television.
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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.
CNET News:
To Jobs, Microsoft and Google 'just don't get it' (video)
Discussion: Bits, The Next Web and Digits
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
ITC staff dismisses public interest concerns over possible ban of HTC Android devices
Discussion: PC World, Electronista and GigaOM
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
1 in 4 tablets from last quarter run on Android?  Hmmm.....  Android tablets are quickly eating into Apple's iPad leading market share with 26.9 percent of shipped tablets in the third quarter running Google's mobile operating system.  A Strategy Analytics report published on Friday comes to that conclusion …
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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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Video: Tie-Wearing Groupon CEO Andrew Mason Pitches IPO To Investors  —  Andrew Mason (30), who co-founded Groupon and currently serves as its CEO, hasn't often been spotted wearing a business suit and tie.  But when you're pitching investors on an initial public offering …
Discussion: SplatF, Dealbreaker and The Register
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Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Sets Nov. 4 IPO
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.
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Engineer who ripped Jeff Bezos returns with mea culpa, and a story about the Amazon founder  —  Last week, Google engineer Steve Yegge accidentally posted a fascinating 4,771 word rant in which he attacked his employer and ripped his former boss, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, as a tight-fisted micromanager.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Amazon Throws A Minor Curveball With HTML5-Powered Kindle Format 8  —  Amazon has announced an update to the Kindle file format integrating many HTML5 tags and CSS attributes.  Many expected a concession by Amazon in the form of an EPUB-compatible upgrade, and this comes as a slight surprise …
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
T-Mobile wants the iPhone, but only if it's AWS-compatible  —  In an official statement released on Thursday, T-Mobile SVP of Marketing Andrew Sherrard addressed T-Mobile's absence from the lineup of U.S. carriers offering the iPhone — a list that now even includes regional carrier C Spire.
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
At Qwiki, trouble over company's future  —  Updated.  We're hearing that Qwiki, the San Francisco-based search startup co-founded by Altavista founder Louis Monier, is going through a rough patch.  —  According to sources close to the company, last week saw the abrupt departures of Qwiki's …
Discussion: Business Insider, Thanks:ryanlawler
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
Reed Hastings Knows He Messed Up  —  Part of Steve Jobs's legacy is how incredibly well he managed the Apple product rollouts.  What do you think Jobs, who never minced words, would say about how Netflix has operated in the last three months?  —  I'm not going to put words in a deceased man's mouth.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Murdoch says Myspace was “mismanaged in every possible way”, could have sold for $6 billion  —  To say that News Corp has had some problems over the past few years would be a grievous understatement, but that's about the best way in which it can be stated.  In short, the company has been a carnival …
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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon's third quarter: 1.4 million LTE devices boost wireless unit
Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
Building a Firewall for the Facebook Generation  —  Palo Alto Networks is updating the corporate firewall to handle modern Web services like social networks, Skype, and Google Docs  —  For the past 15 years or so, security pros have relied on the trusty firewall and other hardware …
Discussion: All Facebook
Dante Cesa / Engadget:
Sprint to nix ‘unlimited’ from mobile broadband and hotspot plans in November  —  We'd heard rumblings that unlimited data for Sprint's mobile hotspot plan was going the way of the dodo, but come November folks, it'll be official.  Data sent and received over tethering — not smartphone usage — will now be measured against a 5GB cap.
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
On Facebook, NATO Chief Announces End to Libya War  —  This has to be a first in the annals of social media.  The commander of NATO's Libya war has announced his intent to end hostilities through Facebook.  —  In a short post on his Wall Friday morning, Adm. James Stavridis told the world …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gizmodo and All Facebook
Nick Triggle / BBC:
Mobile phone brain cancer link rejected  —  Mobile phone safety has been much debated over the past two decades  —  Further research has been published suggesting there is no link between mobile phones and brain cancer.  —  The risk mobiles present has been much debated over the past 20 years as use of the phones has soared.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook And Google Spent Record Amounts On D.C. Lobbying In Q3 2011  —  Each quarter, Facebook and Google continue to spend more and more on lobbying efforts in Washington D.C. As evidenced by the most recent disclosure reports filed in the U.S. Senate's lobbying database …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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.
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:
The Next Web appoints CEO  —  In January 2008 we started The Next Web Blog with a .org domain name.  Since then a lot has changed and we've grown from a bunch of guys passionate about the web to a real company and even more important a worldwide leading brand in tech news & events.
Discussion: @gaberivera and @zee
 
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