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4:30 PM ET, August 25, 2011

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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Exclusive: Tim Cook e-mails Apple employees: “Apple is not going to change”  —  Tim Cook has already stepped up to reassure Apple employees that the company isn't going to change, according to an internal e-mail seen by Ars.  Sent early Thursday to all employees in the company …
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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.
Vic Gundotra / Google+:
Icon Ambulance  —  One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated.  As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said “Caller ID unknown”.  I choose to ignore.  —  After services, as I was walking to my car with my family …
Allen Paltrow:
My Experience with Jobs and Apple  —  Growing up I was a huge apple fan-boy (fine, still am.)  The first NY apple store in Soho opening was probably the coolest thing that happened to me between the ages 6 and 12.  For a while I would spend almost every weekend there.
Sara Yin / PC Magazine:
Steve Jobs Biography Will Include Resignation, Launch on Schedule  —  Steve Jobs' first and only authorized biography, “Steve Jobs: A Biography,” will be updated with news of the Apple CEO's sudden resignation on Wednesday night and remains on track to hit bookstores in November.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Steve Jobs and the sound of silence  —  Like many of my colleagues in Silicon Valley, I was having a fantastic day today.  It is crisp in the shade, warm in the sun.  The skies are a magical blue with puffy clouds floating like dreams.  And when all seemed to be going well, an email in my inbox …
Walt Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Essay: Jobs's Departure as CEO of Apple Is the End of an Extraordinary Era  —  Steve Jobs' resignation as Chief Executive Officer of Apple is the end of an extraordinary era, not just for Apple, but for the global technology industry in general.  Mr. Jobs is a historic business figure whose impact …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Apple Patents Show Steve Jobs's Attention to Design
Discussion: MacRumors, TechCrunch and Fortune
Apple:
Letter from Steve Jobs
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:   Cupertino Two-Step  —  I was about to board an airplane Wednesday …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Analysts react to Steve Jobs resignation: Apple move expected, Cook a star, buy
Discussion: CNET News, Edible Apple and AllThingsD
Robert Scoble / The Next Web:   A front row seat to Steve Jobs' career, by Robert Scoble.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung's New Galaxy S II Won't Be Carried by Verizon  —  Samsung Electronics Co. will introduce its Galaxy S II smartphone next week—considered its best shot at cutting into the iPhone's market share dominance—but the company will have to do it without the biggest U.S. wireless carrier: Verizon Wireless.
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
Exclusive: Verizon passes on GALAXY S II, but ‘similar’ Samsung phone launching soon  —  Verizon Wireless is passing on the Galaxy S II smartphone according to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.  BGR has confirmed with multiple trusted sources that this is accurate …
CmdrTaco / Slashdot:
Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda Resigns From Slashdot  —  from the steve-got-front-cutsies dept.  —  After 14 years and over 15,000 stories posted, it's finally time for me to say Good-Bye to Slashdot.  I created this place with my best friends in a run down house while still in college.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Announces f8 Developer Conference: September 22  —  Facebook has just started sending out invitations to f8, its semi-regular developer conference during which it typically rolls out its most important features.  —  This year's event will take place on September 22 in San Francisco …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype Launches Third-Party App Directory  —  Skype appears to have launched a new app directory in the cloud, allowing users to access all the third-party apps for both consumers and businesses built on top of Skype's API.  —  The site is fairly simple in functionality for now …
Fred / A VC:
Users First, Brands Second  —  I like simple ways to think about things.  Like mobile first, web second.  These kinds of constructs work for me.  One that I've been using a lot lately to describe what we like and don't like as much is User First, Brands Second.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Verizon buys CloudSwitch to give itself a software play  —  Verizon is buying cloud computing startup CloudSwitch in a move that will give Verizon, as well as its cloud subsidiary Terremark, a software-development edge to complement its service-provider expertise.
Vlad Savov / This is my next:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Note, and Wave 3 launching at IFA on September 1st  —  Samsung's plans for this year's IFA trade show in Berlin have been unwittingly revealed early by the company's own teaser app for Android.  A tipster of ours went digging around inside the Samsung Mobile Unpacked APK …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Behind the Glittery Web Start-Ups, Investors See Other Gold  —  While the spotlight of the latest technology boom has been trained on a cluster of popular consumer applications like Facebook, Groupon and Zynga, investors are increasingly taking a shine to the start-ups building the infrastructure for those Internet powerhouses.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: How Facebook is open-sourcing its data centers and servers  —  This is the first of a two-part exclusive on Facebook's involvement with and creation of open source technologies.  For these articles, we spoke with two of Facebook's open source gurus, David Recordon and Amir Michael …
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Ladies love e-readers; guys prefer tablets  —  Is it too early to assign gender stereotypes to gadgets?  New Nielsen data suggests that e-readers are more popular with women while guys prefer their tablets.  Smartphones are now equally popular between the sexes.
Josh Williams / Gowalla:
Going Forward  —  A little over two years ago we unveiled a new way to share and discover the world's most loved places.  Little did we know that our product would inspire people in every country around the world to venture out and share their lives on the go.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Music Search Startup SoundHound Partners With Spotify For Instant Streaming  —  Music search and discovery company SoundHound has inked a deal with digital music service provider Spotify to enable SoundHound users in Europe to instantly access the latter's catalogue (of over 15 million tracks).
 
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