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10:50 PM ET, October 22, 2011


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MEMORIES OF STEVE  —  Steve: Always Value Conscious  —  One frigid winter day in the late 1970s, I ran into Steve at some meeting in midtown Manhattan, a time and event now long forgotten.  What isn't forgotten is that when the meeting ended and we went outside into the freezing weather …
Discussion: @pkedrosky, TUAW and Shiny Objects
Bianca Bosker / The Huffington Post:
The Steve Jobs Reading List: The Books And Artists That Made The Man  —  “I like living at the intersection of the humanities and technology,” Steve Jobs said once.  LSD, Bauhaus and Zen Buddhism shaped Apple's pioneering products as much as anything that took place on the assembly lines.
Apple's Cook Won Jobs's Trust Early: Book  —  Jobs initially oversaw supply chain after he returned to Apple in 1997 following a 12-year hiatus.  By turning that responsibility over to Cook, Jobs was able to focus on product vision and broader strategy, instead of the nitty-gritty of manufacturing …
Jobs Told Google's Page to Cut Bloat to Avoid Becoming Microsoft
Discussion: Mercury News and CNET News
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google, Private-Equity Firms Mull Bid For Yahoo  —  Google Inc. has talked to at least two private-equity firms about potentially helping them finance a deal to buy Yahoo Inc.'s core business, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  Google and prospective partners …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Check Out How Private Equity Is Using The Wall Street Journal To Try To Drive Yahoo's Price Down  —  A consortium of folks interested in buying Yahoo is keeping the public apprised of its plans, which now include using Microsoft's gigantic cash hoard to help fund the purchase price.
Stephen Grocer / Deal Journal:
Microsoft Firming Up Plan to Bankroll Possible Yahoo Deal
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Puts A Price On Privacy  —  Earlier this week, Google made a significant change purportedly to better protect the search privacy of users.  In reality, it specifically — and deliberately — left a gaping hole open to benefit its bottom line.  If you pay-to-play, Google will share its search data with you.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
New printed chip could spark cheaper sensor networks  —  Thin Film Electronics ASA, a maker of disposable memory used in toys, has developed a way to add computing to its circuits through a partnership with Xerox PARC.  This means it can offer thin, disposable tracking tags for a few cents apiece …
Discussion: Electronista, EE Times and The Register
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Steve Jobs Was Willing To ‘Rip Off’ Everyone Else... But Was Pissed About Android Copying iPhone?  —  There's plenty of talk making the rounds about Steve Jobs' comments about Android in the authorized biography that's coming out next week.  In it, Jobs apparently makes it clear …
Brian Ford / me & her:
Great artists steal the future
Neil Kodner:
An analysis of Steve Jobs tribute messages displayed by Apple  —  Two weeks have passed since Apple's Co-Founder/CEO Steve Jobs passed away.  Upon his passing, Apple encouraged people to share their memories, thoughts, and feelings by emailing
Michael Wolff / Wired:
How Russian Tycoon Yuri Milner Bought His Way Into Silicon Valley  —  This is my first trip to Moscow, and Yuri Milner, the world's most successful investor in social media, is taking me to his parents' apartment, which he bills as a typical middle-class Moscow dwelling.  It's drab Soviet brick outside.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Vigilante Hackers Wage War on Underground Kiddie Porn  —  Just below the surface of the internet sits a network of hidden websites home to some of the worst stuff imaginable.  Now hackers are going after pedophiles hiding in the so-called dark net.  —  Since the beginning of October …
Lowell C. McAdam / New York Times:
Wireless Spectrum Should Be Reallocated  —  AT a time of slow economic growth and declining competitiveness, wireless technology remains a shining example of innovation.  In the last 10 years, wireless communications companies in the United States have invested hundreds of billions of dollars and unleashed a torrent of new products.
Max Eddy / Geekosystem:
Study Uses iPhone Accelerometers to “Read” Nearby Keystrokes  —  A team of researchers from Georgia Tech's School of Computer Science has announced that they've found a way to capture keyboard information through the accelerometer of a nearby iPhone.  According to their findings, the technique was accurate 80% of the time.
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