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10:20 PM ET, August 24, 2011

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Apple:
Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple  —  Tim Cook Named CEO and Jobs Elected Chairman of the Board  —  Apple's Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple's Chief Operating Officer, as the company's new CEO.
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Letter from Steve Jobs  —  To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:  —  I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know.  Unfortunately, that day has come.  —  I hereby resign as CEO of Apple.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Resigned  —  Reading around the web an hour ago, looking for confirmation of the then-minutes-old news that Steve Jobs had resigned as CEO, I repeatedly encountered and bridled each time at use of the adjective “shocking” to describe the announcement.  But my initial resentment was unwarranted.
Reuters:
Steve Jobs resigns from Apple, Cook becomes CEO  —  (Reuters) - Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs on Wednesday resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc in a stunning move that ended his 14-year reign at the technology giant he co-founded in a garage.  —  Apple shares were suspended from trade before the announcement.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Apple's COO Tim Cook Replaces Steve Jobs As CEO  —  Apple's Steve Jobs has resigned from his position as CEO and Apple has just announced that COO Tim Cook has taken over as CEO.  —  As COO, Cook was responsible for all of the company's worldwide sales and operations, including end …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Jobs Expected to Remain Closely Involved in Apple's Product Strategy  —  In the wake of the news that Steve Jobs has resigned as Apple CEO, the Wall Street Journal spoke with their sources who said that Jobs has remained actively involved, and that is not expected to change.
Quora:   Why did Steve Jobs recommend Tim Cook to replace him as CEO rather than Jonathan Ive or Scott Forstall?
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Facebook Targets Instagram With Photo Filters  —  Get ready for the photo-filter wars to begin.  —  Facebook plans to add a series of photo filters to its mobile application in the coming months with the hopes of drawing off fans of Instagram, the popular photo-sharing application.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Blue For Facebook Sure Looks Like Color's Next Hue
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Dutch judge considers Apple's slide-to-unlock patent trivial and likely invalid  —  I previously reported on a preliminary injunction granted by a Dutch court today against the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Ace smartphones.  In its official reaction, Samsung underscored …
Discussion: iPhone in Canada Blog
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Mixed decision for Apple: Dutch judge bans Samsung smartphones, not tablets
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Time Warner to Subsidize Subscribers' TV Device  —  Time Warner Cable, one of the nation's top cable and Internet providers, said on Tuesday that it would subsidize some purchases of a set-top box called Slingbox that allows users to watch their home television programming from anywhere, like a vacation home or a mobile phone.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Anonymous Leaks Nude Pics of BART Spokesman  —  Anonymous has declared war on San Francisco's commuter subway system, BART.  They've staged protests and hacked website, but a leak of nude pics of a BART spokesman has taken things to another, more personal level.
Discussion: The Snitch
David Streitfeld / Bits:
Amazon's Got a Deal for New York  —  Amazon.com is rolling out its daily deals offerings in Manhattan and Brooklyn on Thursday, touting 50 percent off tickets to a new Cirque du Soleil show and 74 percent off one month of classes at Bikram Yoga Harlem.  The online retailer is a late entry …
Discussion: CNET News
Holman W. Jenkins Jr. / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Smartphone Wars  —  Unless the president intervenes, the International Trade Commission could send the wireless industry into a tailspin.  —  Patent litigation is a game created by government, and constructively so.  But the game appears to be getting out of whack in the smartphone patent wars.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Laura Hazard Owen / mocoNews:
Amazon Launches Kindle Daily Deals  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is bringing flash sales to the Kindle Store.  Today the company launched Kindle Daily Deal, which offers a discount on one Kindle book each day.  The first chosen title, a children's book, could hint at Amazon's upcoming tablet plans.
Discussion: GeekWire
 
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