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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 …
Discussion: @macrumors and @philiped
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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: MacRumors
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Steve's Final “One More Thing...”  —  Steve Jobs was the ultimate showman.  As such, it should be no surprise that he realized the power of following up a great performance with an encore.  But unlike many musicians who treat encores as a given add-on for each show, Jobs seemed to recognize …
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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 …
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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 …
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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” …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Former Compaq Chairman, and current Mac user, reveals that Jobs asked Compaq to license the MacOS in 1999  —  Among other interesting tidbits on Steve Jobs, technology investment pioneer Ben Rosen reveals that the new Apple CEO invited the then Compaq Chairman and CEO to Silicon Valley in 1999 to inquire about licensing MacOS X:
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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
Jim Dempsey / Ars Technica:
Op-ed: The shocking strangeness of our 25-year-old digital privacy law  —  Op-ed: Twenty-five years after it was passed, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act still governs much of our privacy online, and the Center for Democracy and Technology argues that ECPA needs an overhaul.
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
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Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Scales Down  —  Offering Just 5% of Its Shares …
Discussion: Deal Journal and Digits
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 …
 
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Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Syria using American software to censor Internet, experts say
Discussion: The Next Web
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Venture Firms Put $8.4B In U.S. Companies In Q3 Of 2011; Up 29 Percent
Sandra Hernandez / China Digital Times:
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