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9:10 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.
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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Steve's Bio: A Personal Perspective
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Walter Isaacson / New York Times:
The Genius of Jobs
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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.
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 …
Guardian:
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 …
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: Guardian and Mark Evans Tech
Suzanne Kapner / Wall Street Journal:
Hackers Press the ‘Schmooze’ Button  —  Chris Patten called a large investment-management firm to report that he was going through a divorce and was worried that his wife had set up an account under a false name.  —  And with that story—entirely plausible but in this case a lie …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Retail Stores to Allow Self-Checkout via iOS App for Accessory Purchases  —  MacRumors has learned that Apple is planning to launch an update to its retail store iOS app that will allow consumers to utilize self-checkout for purchases of accessories and other shelf-stocked items at the company's retail stores.
BBC:
GCHQ chief reports ‘disturbing’ cyber attacks on UK  —  The UK says cyber crime is as serious a threat as international terrorism  —  The UK has been subject to a “disturbing” number of cyber attacks, the director of communications intelligence agency GCHQ has said.
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.
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 is usually the case …
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 …
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Why More of Your Facebook Fans are Seeing Fewer of Your Messages  —  Changes Announced at F8 are Impacting How Brand Posts get Distributed and Who Sees Them  —  Five weeks after Facebook revamped what users see when they visit the site, the verdict is in on the implications for brands and their messages …
 
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Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Why Zynga's Mark Pincus Tried To Buy CNet [Startup School]
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Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
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