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8:45 PM ET, October 23, 2011


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CBS 60 Minutes:
Steve Jobs: Revelations from a tech giant  —  His products - the Mac, iPhone, iPad and others - forever changed the way we think about technology.  But how should we think about the man behind them, Apple's hard-driving co-founder Steve Jobs?  In the years before his death …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
The Full Walter Isaacson/Steve Jobs Interview From 60 Minutes  —  CBS has posted the full 60 Minutes interview with Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson, including a number of extras that weren't included in the broadcast piece.  The double-length interview promotes Jobs' authorized biography …
Andy Ihnatko / @ihnatko:
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Steve Jobs: ‘Lightning bolts went off in my head’ about being adopted  —  “60 Minutes” has released the full transcript of its interview with Steve Jobs' biographer, Walter Isaacson, and the piece contains a number of largely unknown bits about Jobs' early life and adoptive parents …
Discussion: @tuaw and MacRumors
What We Learned About Steve Jobs on ‘60 Minutes’ … Walter Isaacson, the author of the new authorized biography “Steve Jobs,” talked to Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” about his book.  —  In the interview, Isaacson discussed how Jobs dealt with the pancreatic cancer that took his life …
Janet I. Tu / Seattle Times:
Patents emerge as significant mobile strategy for Microsoft, other tech companies  —  (This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Oct. 23, 2011.  - Janet I. Tu)  —  It seems not a week goes by these days without news of another patent battle or announcement …
Discussion: Examiner
Benj Edwards / Macworld:
The birth of the iPod  —  The events that led to Apple's great unveiling on October 23, 2001  —  The destiny of Apple changed drastically 10 years ago with the release of a deceptively simple digital music player.  —  On October 23, 2001, Apple lifted the curtain on the very first iPod …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Apple hires Yahoo's data center chief  —  Updated: Scott Noteboom, the man who led Yahoo's data center operations since 2005, has now joined Apple as the iconic consumer electronics maker expands into the cloud.  According to LinkedIn, Noteboom is now a “distinguished gentleman” …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Super-Powered Launch App Quicksilver Adds Support For OS X Lion  —  If you're on a Mac and haven't expanded your horizons beyond Spotlight, you owe it to yourself to check out Quicksilver, a free, open sourced launchbar app that can prove very handy once you've gotten over the learning curve.
Discussion: Quicksilver
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft's YouTube channel hacked  —  Unless this is some elaborate publicity stunt, Microsoft's official YouTube channel appears to have been taken over by someone not affiliated with the company, who has removed all of the videos and posted solicitations for sponsorships …
Michelle Conlin / Associated Press:
Groupon's fall to earth swifter than its fast rise … NEW YORK (AP) — Only a few months ago, Groupon was the Internet's next great thing.  Business media christened it the fastest growing company ever.  Copycats proliferated.  And investors salivated over the prospect of Groupon going public.
Discussion: Yipit Blog
Wall Street Journal:   Groupon Scales Down  —  Offering Just 5% of Its Shares …
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Former Compaq Chairman, and current Mac user, reveals that Jobs asked Compaq to license the MacOS in 1999
Jim Dempsey / Ars Technica:
Op-ed: The shocking strangeness of our 25-year-old digital privacy law
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Syria using American software to censor Internet, experts say
Discussion: The Next Web
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Venture Firms Put $8.4B In U.S. Companies In Q3 Of 2011; Up 29 Percent
Sandra Hernandez / China Digital Times:
The “Occupy” Series: Sina Weibo's New List of Banned Search Terms
Discussion: Boing Boing