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4:35 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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Walter Isaacson / New York Times:
The Genius of Jobs  —  ONE of the questions I wrestled with when writing about Steve Jobs was how smart he was.  On the surface, this should not have been much of an issue.  You'd assume the obvious answer was: he was really, really smart.  Maybe even worth three or four reallys.
Discussion: CNET News and Om.Is.Me
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Boing Boing
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 …
New York Times:
Luck Is Just the Spark for Business Giants  —  BETTER to be lucky than good, the adage goes.  —  And maybe that's true — if you just want to be merely good, not much better than average.  But what if you want to build or do something great?  And what if you want to do so in today's unstable and unpredictable world?
Discussion: GeekWire
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Analysis: Shakeout expected among online advertising companies  —  (Reuters) - The crowded advertising technology sector may be about to shake out some losers.  —  With north of 150 companies — according to consultant and investment banker Luma Partners — in the relatively new online advertising industry …
Fred / A VC:
Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs  —  My partner Brad and I spent Thursday in DC along with a bunch of entrepreneurs and VCs.  We talked to dozens of our elected officials about an issue that is very concerning to us, protecting the safe harbors of the DMCA.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Rep. Blackburn, Co-Sponsor Of E-PARASITE, Explains Why Regulating The Internet Is Terrible
 
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
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