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Apple:
Steve Jobs — 1955-2011  —  Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.  Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Steve Jobs Is Dead  —  Steven P. Jobs, the Apple Inc. chairman and co-founder who pioneered the personal computer industry and changed the way people think about technology, died Wednesday.  —  “Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich …
Discussion: TechFlash, iLounge and @arrington
Apple:
Statement by Apple's Board of Directors  —  We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.  —  Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that  —  enrich and improve all of our lives.  The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Bill Gates: “I Will Miss Steve Immensely”  —  Bill Gates, the man who was both a partner and rival to Steve Jobs during his long career at Microsoft, called working with jobs “an insanely great honor” and said he would miss the Apple founder “immensely.”  —  Shortly after the announcement …
Larry Page / Google+:   I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve.
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:   Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend.
Business Wire:
Statement by Steve Jobs' Family
Discussion: @jkendrick
Microsoft:
Xbox 360 Teams Up With Entertainment Leaders to Transform TV  —  AT&T, BBC, Comcast, HBO, Rogers, Telefónica, Televisa and Verizon are among providers rolling out new TV entertainment services on Xbox LIVE.  —  A new era in television begins this holiday where your entertainment …
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Ben Rudolph / The Windows Blog:
Control Your Xbox with your Windows Phone Using the Xbox Companion App  —  Earlier today you probably spotted the big, big news from our pals over on the Xbox team.  They're bringing a new world of entertainment to your living room and making it faster, funner (yes, that's right, funner) and easier to find.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Xbox becomes TV hub with Comcast, FiOS, HBO; no Frontier  —  Microsoft today confirmed the lineup of TV services that will be available this holiday season through the Xbox 360 console.  It's a huge step for Microsoft's longtime goal of expanding the console beyond gaming and into an entertainment hub.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:   Xbox Live TV: What's inside? Silverlight
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Sprint Confirms It Will Offer Unlimited Data Plan for iPhone  —  Sprint will indeed offer unlimited data plans when it starts taking iPhone orders later this week, AllThingsD has confirmed.  —  “We will be offering the benefit of our unlimited plans that start at just $69.99,” said spokeswoman Michelle Leff Mermelstein.
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Erica Sadun / TUAW:
iPhone 4S: What can you say to Siri?  —  Curious about the iPhone 4S's new voice assistant feature?  So were we.  —  TUAW tracked down a set of example phrases that the new Siri voice assistant is capable of understanding.  It turns out that Siri can handle many categories of voice interaction.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Microsoft considers bidding for Yahoo: sources  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is considering a bid for Yahoo Inc, resurfacing as a potential buyer after a bitter and unsuccessful fight to take over the Internet company in 2008, sources close to the situation said on Wednesday.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Not So Much on a Microsoft Bid for Yahoo (They're Crazy, But Not That Crazy)  —  Is this investment-banker-hype week and nobody told me?  —  It certainly seems so from all the almost ridonkulous rumors about everyone and their mother being “imminently poised” to make a bid for Yahoo.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Oracle vs. Salesforce.com's Benioff goes WWE: We're being played  —  Summary: Oracle cancels a keynote from Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and the crowd goes wild.  Suddenly, this feels more like a pro wrestling match.  —  Oracle cancels Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff's keynote …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Live from a restaurant: Marc Benioff's Oracle OpenWorld keynote
Discussion: The Register and AllThingsD
Brian McClendon / Google LatLong:
Google Earth downloaded more than one billion times  —  How large is one billion?  One billion hours ago modern humans were living in the Stone Age.  One billion minutes ago, the Roman Empire was flourishing.  If you traveled from Earth to the Moon three times, your journey would measure one billion meters.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple's fall from grace  —  Apple was a company that could do no wrong.  Phones that dropped every other call... Location tracking scandals... Antennagate... A CEO who constantly parked his $130,000 sports car diagonally in handicapped spaces... Apple didn't have to roll with the punches …
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Apple's “Fall From Grace”
Discussion: Marco.org and BGR
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: LinkedIn Has Bought Contact Management Start-Up Connected  —  LinkedIn has acquired Connected, a small contact management start-up that unifies and dynamically updates users' connections on email, social networks, calendars and phones, according to sources close to the company.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Never Mind the iPhone 5.  Where's My Windows iPad?  —  The Internet will tell you that there is much sadness because Apple didn't release an iPhone 5 yesterday.  But if you're really going to venture into the world of tech dreams deferred, then you can end up in some pretty weird places.
Royal Pingdom:
Facebook now as big as the entire Internet was in 2004  —  At the recent F8 conference Facebook revealed that they now have 800 million active users.  Europe, with Russia included, has a population of 727 million.  We now have a social network that is so large that it could fill …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
What Federated paid for Lijit  —  Federated Media paid just “south of $100 million” in stock to acquire Lijit Networks, Fortune has learned from multiple sources.  The deal was announced earlier this month, but without any financial details.  —  Lijit is a Boulder, Colo.-based provider …
BBC:
India launches Aakash tablet computer priced at $35  —  Millions of students will have access to the tablets, officials hope  —  India has launched what it says is the world's cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just $35 (£23).  —  Costing a fraction of Apple's iPad, the subsidised Aakash is aimed at students.
DigiTimes:
Apple iPhone 4S announced, ‘5’ likely to arrive in late 2012 or 2013  —  Defying some expectations that Apple would introduce the iPhone 5 - an entirely new model supporting 4G - the company instead rolled out the iPhone 4S - an update of the existing iPhone 4.
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Jason Kilar: Hulu Plus is becoming major money maker  —  Hulu CEO Jason Kilar said today that the company's Hulu Plus paid subscription service is going to bring in more than half of its revenue in within the next 12 months.  Kilar made this estimate in a blog post about Hulu's Q3 performance …
Paul Graham:
Why Startup Hubs Work  —  If you look at a list of US cities sorted by population, the number of successful startups per capita varies by orders of magnitude.  Somehow it's as if most places were sprayed with startupicide.  —  I wondered about this for years.
 
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