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7:55 AM ET, November 19, 2011

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Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Walter Isaacson, Biographer of Steve Jobs  —  Walter Isaacson is the author of “Steve Jobs,” the best-selling biography published last month.  The following is an edited version of our interview.  —  When did you first meet Steve Jobs?  —  I've known Steve off and on since 1984.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Getting Steve Jobs Wrong  —  Exhibit A in the case against Walter Isaacson's flawed Jobs biography: Malcolm Gladwell in last week's New Yorker, arguing that Jobs was “a tweaker”: … Jobs was neither.  These men make for a poor comparison to Jobs because Jobs didn't really “invent” …
Discussion: parislemon and Business Insider
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
March Launch for Slightly Thicker iPad 3? iPhone with 4-Inch Screen in Summer?  —  iLounge offers a series of tidbits from its “most reliable source” regarding Apple's product plans for 2012, reporting that the iPad, iPhone, and MacBook Pro will all be receiving redesigns.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Google: 200 million Android devices now active worldwide  —  Google's grip of the mobile market has tightened even further.  —  More than 200 million Android devices have now been activated around the world, the search giant announced yesterday.  The figure was revealed at yesterday's …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google's JPEG Alternative WebP Gets Smarter, Takes on PNG  —  Last year, Google introduced a new image format for the web called WebP.  WebP is meant to be a modern alternative to the popular but patent-encumbered JPEG standard.  It produces significantly smaller files without sacrificing image quality.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Facebook's IPO Motive: Keeping Employees, Not Compliance  —  Many people have believed that Facebook's initial public offering is due in 2012 since the company announced its giant funding round from Goldman Sachs at the start of this year.  At that point, the company said in a press release that it …
Discussion: All Facebook
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Duncan Geere / Wired.com:
200+ Labels Withdraw Their Music From Spotify: Are Its Fortunes Unravelling?  —  Following a study that claims that streaming music is damaging to record sales, a distributor representing more than 200 labels has withdrawn its entire catalogue from Spotify, Napster, Simfy and Rdio.
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
BlackBerry 7 sales sputter after strong start  —  It's not looking good for RIM and its BlackBerry smartphones.  —  Research in Motion is stuck between an Apple and an Ice Cream Sandwich.  —  After some initial excitement for the new line of BlackBerry 7 smartphones and a strong launch …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
The Rumors Are True.  I Am Leaving TechCrunch.  —  This won't come as a surprise to a lot of people, but I am leaving TechCrunch.  —  My departure is something people have speculated about since Michael Arrington's ouster two months ago, but it wasn't an easy decision for me.
Discussion: om.co, @karaswisher and @danprimack
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Nook Tablet review  —  DOES THE NOOK TABLET HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO EXTINGUISH THE KINDLE FIRE?  —  Exactly one year ago, Barnes & Noble made an interesting move, one no other company in the tech industry had yet been bold enough to make: it released the Nook Color for just $249.99.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Why Image-Sharing Network Pinterest Is Hot  —  Fast-growing Pinterest is a site for visually inclined collectors, and some retailers are using it to reach customers  —  From left, founders Paul Sciarra, Ben Silbermann, and Evan Sharp  —  Mathew Scott for Bloomberg Businessweek
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Clearwire's growing financial problems threaten Sprint's 4G plans  —  Clearwire is thinking about skipping out on a $237 million loan payment due in two weeks, which could make things very uncomfortable for its primary shareholder and WiMAX bandwidth customer Sprint.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Microsoft And TechStars Launch Kinect Accelerator For New Kinect-Based Startups  —  The Kinect has proved fertile ground for hackers and innovators all over the world, from individuals to student teams to established researchers.  But as yet there haven't been many commercial applications.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
AT&T Raises Subsidized iPhone 3GS Price to $0.99  —  In a curious move, AT&T has raised the subsidized price of its cheapest iPhone to $0.99, up from free.  —  When the iPhone 4S was announced in October, Apple specifically mentioned in its press release that the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Google co-founder Sergey Brin gives $500,000 to help Wikipedia  —  The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, has just received a $500,000 grant from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation, an organization started by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife, 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola fairly likely to win German patent injunction against iCloud in February — Apple demands 2 billion euro ($2.7B) bail  —  The German city of Mannheim is slowly but surely giving Cupertino some serious headache.  —  After a default judgment against Apple Inc. over two patents …
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Google+ adds Trending topics for discovery and Filtering to search results
Business Week:
What Is Sony Now?  —  At 69, Sir Howard Stringer's time as CEO …
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