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Steve Jobs Biography: A Scorecard of Put-Downs  —  Every authorized biography includes some score-settling by its subject.  Steven P. Jobs, the late Apple co-founder and subject of Walter Isaacson's new book, “Steve Jobs,” proves no different.  —  A motley assortment of luminaries …
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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.
Janet Maslin / New York Times:
Books of The Times: ‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson - Review  —  After Steve Jobs anointed Walter Isaacson as his authorized biographer in 2009, he took Mr. Isaacson to see the Mountain View, Calif., house in which he had lived as a boy.  He pointed out its “clean design” and “awesome little features.”
Bloomberg:
Jobs Told Google's Page to Cut Bloat to Avoid Becoming Microsoft
Discussion: Mercury News
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Steve Jobs wanted to revolutionize textbooks next
Discussion: Bits, FT Tech Hub, MacNN and 9to5Mac
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 …
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Stephen Grocer / Deal Journal:
Microsoft Firming Up Plan to Bankroll Possible Yahoo Deal … Microsoft Corp. may help to bankroll a potential joint bid for Yahoo by extending loans to its deal partners and buying preferred stock in Yahoo, according to people familiar with the matter, reflecting Microsoft's desire to limit its risk.
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 …
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Brian Ford / me & her:
Great artists steal the future  —  Steve Jobs once appropriated an old quote:  —  “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”  —  It's becoming more and more clear that Steve felt personally betrayed by Google's decision to enter the smartphone market with Android — an OS that is in almost every important way a copy of Apple's iOS.
Vinicius Vacanti / Yipit Blog:
The Chart That Will Scare Away Many Groupon Investors  —  Today, Groupon filed a prospectus to raise funds via a public offering.  Over the next week, they will be pitching investors to participate in this offering.  —  One question these potential investors should make sure to ask …
Discussion: Business Insider, Thanks:yipitdata
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Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
Hard drive shortages and higher prices coming after massive flooding in Thailand  —  A large shortage of hard drives is expected in the coming months due to the worst flood to hit Thailand in over fifty years.  As you can see in these images, Western Digital has been hit hard by the flooding …
Discussion: AllThingsD, Reuters and PC Magazine
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 rememberingsteve@apple.com.
Discussion: Phones Review and The Next Web
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Anonymous releases private police information in name of Occupy Wall Street  —  Anonymous, a hacker collective that has aligned itself with the Occupy Wall Street protests, leaked information it stole from four police and government websites today.  —  More than 600 MB of data …
 
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