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5:15 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 …
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 …
CBS News:
Steve Jobs met his biological father before he knew he was his real father, biographer says  —  In one of the most ironic revelations about the complex personality and life of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, his biographer says in the 1980s Jobs actually met a man a few times who unbeknownst to either was his biological father.
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Steve Jobs biography reveals he thought Bill Gates “ripped off other people's ideas”
Discussion: Business Insider
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 and Neowin.net, 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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Al Gore: Steve Jobs wanted Apple to follow its own voice not ask what he'd do  —  Al Gore paid tribute to Steve Jobs whilst speaking the AsiaD conference in Hong Kong this morning, explaining that the former Apple CEO wanted the company to follow its own direction in his absence.
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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
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Al Gore: T-Mobile / AT&T merger unlikely, will be hard to overcome Justice Department's challenge
Discussion: Electronista and AllThingsD
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Revenue Up 7% To $17.37B, Earnings At $0.68 Per Share  —  Microsoft just reported its first quarter 2012 earnings today with revenues of $17.37 billion, an 7% increase from the same period of the prior year.  Microsoft's operating income was $7.20 billion, its net income was $5.74 billion …
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Mark Gongloff / MarketBeat:
Microsoft Earnings Meet Forecasts, Stock Falls
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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 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.
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 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: 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
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 …
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”.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
RIM facing mass defection over BlackBerry blunders  —  RIM may believe its BlackBerry outage compensation is “a pretty comprehensive set of efforts” but it may not be enough to staunch the flow of users ditching the platform, according to new research.  A full 30-percent of large scale BlackBerry users plan …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Considers a New iOS Device Design for Easier Repairs  —  On October 20, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a variety of new iOS concept designs that will accommodate easier repairs.  —  A New Kind of Construction for iOS Devices is Being Considered
Discussion: Gizmodo UK and Gadget Lab
 
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Bloomberg:
MetroPCS Said to Be Leader for AT&T Deal Assets
Discussion: Engadget and PhoneArena
Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
AT&T: We're Seeing “Tremendous, Tremendous Demand” for the iPhone 3GS
Discussion: MacRumors
Laura MacInnis / Reuters:
Obama officials, senators agree to seek cyber deal
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For Viki, Web Video Translation Equals $20 Million
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