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7:40 AM ET, October 31, 2011


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Mona Simpson / New York Times:
A Sister's Eulogy for Steve Jobs  —  I grew up as an only child, with a single mother.  Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif.  I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Steve's Bio: A Personal Perspective  —  Let me jump to the conclusion: This is an extraordinary book on many levels: informative, entertaining often, insightful, sympathetic but not indulgent; it rises to its unusual subject and manages to render its complexity in a straightforward manner that attests to the biographer's talent.
Discussion: The Next Web
Walter Isaacson / New York Times:
The Genius of Jobs
Discussion: CNET News and Om.Is.Me
Ken Peters / @brand_big:   According to his sister, who was present, Steve Jobs' last words were, “Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow” as he stared past his children. Oh, wow.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog:
Ubuntu Linux heads to smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.  —  Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical & Ubuntu  —  Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, will announce at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando, FL, that they will be taking Ubuntu Linux to smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Marc Andreessen: Building Startups Is Like Baking A Cake In 3 Minutes  —  At age 22, Marc Andreessen cofounded Netscape, the browser company that turned the Internet into a mainstream phenomenon.  —  But what happens when your company takes off that fast?  Andreessen talked …
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Zuckerberg: If I Were Starting A Company Now, I Would Have Stayed In Boston  —  Yesterday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Y Combinator's Startup School in a candid interview with Y Combinator Partner Jessica Livingston.
Met police monitors mobile phones  —  Civil liberties group raises concerns over Met police purchase of technology to track public handsets over a targeted area  —  Britain's largest police force is operating covert surveillance technology that can masquerade as a mobile phone network …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
It's Time For Google To Let Google Voice Live Up To Its Promise  —  Last week TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington wrote a post highlighting the fact that iPhone users can get a surprisingly good experience using Google Voice if they're willing to switch to Sprint.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Microsoft attorney outlines Android patent tactics  —  It takes flowcharts to keep track of all the mobile patent lawsuits under way.  —  Apple sued HTC, while Kodak sued Apple, Samsung and Sony.  RIM filed suit against Kodak and Motorola.  And what are called nonpracticing entities …
Amar Toor / Engadget:
HTC releases Q3 earnings report: profit up by 68 percent, shipments soar by 93 percent  —  It's been another stellar quarter for the folks over at HTC.  According to the company's Q3 earnings report, released today, net income rose to NT$18.68 billion (about $624.6 million) this quarter …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix renews ABC contract  —  Netflix subscribers can soon watch more episodes of ABC shows like Desperate Housewifes, Grey's Anatomy and Brothers and Sisters, thanks to an extended licensing agreement between the video subscription service and Disney.  Episodes will, as it's usually …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
ATTENTION APPLE FANS: Samsung Blowing Past Apple To Become The Biggest Smartphone Vendor Is Not Good News  —  For the past couple of years, Apple fans have responded to the Android threat with an evolving series of arguments about why Android isn't a threat:
Discussion: parislemon
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Kai-Fu Lee On Why China Isn't Ready For The Next Mark Zuckerberg  —  InnovationWorks founder and former Googler Kai-Fu Lee took the stage at TC Disrupt Beijing today with Sarah Lacy to talk about the startup ecosystem in China.  —  InnovationWorks is a Chinese incubator focusing …
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Suzanne Kapner / Wall Street Journal:
Hackers Press the ‘Schmooze’ Button
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
New MobiUs Browser For iOS Makes Mobile Web Apps Act More Like Native Apps
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
SeeSaw video-on-demand television website is shut down
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Why More of Your Facebook Fans are Seeing Fewer of Your Messages
Ben Zimmer / New York Times:
Twitterology: A New Science?
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Analysis: Shakeout expected among online advertising companies
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Cable Is Holding Web TV at Bay, Earnings Show
Discussion: @brianstelter
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Why Zynga's Mark Pincus Tried To Buy CNet [Startup School]
New York Times:
Luck Is Just the Spark for Business Giants
Discussion: GeekWire
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
More than just sexy phones: how Nokia will help sell Windows Phone 7
Discussion: The Next Web