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1:30 PM ET, October 7, 2011

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Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
With Time Running Short, Jobs Managed His Farewells  —  Over the last few months, a steady stream of visitors to Palo Alto, Calif., called an old friend's home number and asked if he was well enough to entertain visitors, perhaps for the last time.  —  In February, Steven P. Jobs had learned that …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
To Steven Jobs on His Thirtieth Birthday  —  On February 24th 1985, Steve Jobs turned thirty.  His Apple coworkers helped him celebrate by creating a short film for him.  They set it to the wonderful song “My Back Pages” by one of Steve's idols, Bob Dylan, and filled it with images from Jobs' first three decades.
D.B. Grady / The Atlantic Online:
In Praise of Bad Steve  —  Steve Jobs didn't change the world by playing nice  —  When filmmaker Stanley Kubrick died, the steely perfectionist who ground actors into submission died with him.  Kubrick was a good man — Matthew Modine once described him as “probably the most heartfelt person I ever met” …
Reuters:   Hong Kong teen's somber design for Jobs a cyber hit
Vlad Savov / This is my next:
Samsung and Google postpone Galaxy Nexus launch  —  Samsung has just announced, rather sensationally, that the product launch it had planned in conjunction with Google for next week's CTIA will not in fact be happening.  Here's the statement in full:
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Samsung Galaxy Nexus caught on video  —  Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later.  Google's upcoming flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has leaked out in video form courtesy of Gadget.co, and it's almost a minute and half of pure Google.  Ice Cream Sandwich looks like an evolution of Honeycomb …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Nuance To Acquire Swype For $100+ Million  —  Nuance has acquired Seattle-based startup Swype for something more than $100 million, says a source with knowledge of the deal.  —  I'm a big fan of Swype, and this is a brilliant acquisition by Nuance.  Swype first launched at a TechCrunch conference in 2008.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Unlocked iPhone 4S coming in November, won't work with CDMA carriers  —  Apple on Friday began taking preorders for the iPhone 4S, and also revealed its next-generation handset will be sold unlocked and contract-free in November starting at $649.  —  The unlocked iPhone 4GS will only work …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's iPhone 4S now available for pre-order ahead of Oct. 14 launch  —  As promised, Apple has begun pre-orders for the anticipated iPhone 4S.  Pre-ordering is now available in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom through Apple's website.
Dcurtis / Dustin Curtis:
3.5 Inches  —  I've been wondering why Apple chose to make the iPhone 4′s screen 3.5-inches when other comparable phones with Android and Windows Phone 7 have larger, more inviting screens.  When you first see a phone with a 4-inch or larger screen, it seems like a much better experience.
Discussion: Macgasm
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
En Fuego: Kindle Fire Orders Keep Climbing  —  After racking up an estimated 95,000 pre-orders within the first 24 hours of availability, Amazon's forthcoming Kindle Fire tablet continues to sell well.  Demand for the device shows no signs of slowing.  In fact, sources close to Amazon claim …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
RIM Buys NewBay  —  Another acquisition for Research In Motion.  The BlackBerry maker is buying NewBay Software, a provider of white-label cloud-based content services.  RIM confirmed to AllThingsD that it has signed an agreement to acquire the company, but declined to provide any further details.
Ed Christman / Billboard.Biz:
Steve Jobs Remembered by Edgar Bronfman Jr., Martin Bandier and Other Executives  —  Steve Jobs wasn't just a technological innovator - he created a role for himself and his business in the music industry that hadn't existed before.  In these conversations and written remembrances …
Discussion: Music Ally
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Shantanu Narayen / Adobe Blogs:
With Our Deepest Sympathy  —  Steve was a unique visionary …
Tim Berners-Lee / W3C Blog:
Steve Jobs and the actually usable computer
Discussion: MacNN
Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
YouTube now has movies in the UK  —  Back in May we brought new release movies and more for rent to YouTube in the US.  Last month, we took it to Canada.  Now, over a thousand full-length feature films from major Hollywood and British studios are available for rent in the UK at youtube.com/movies.
Reuters:
EU clears Microsoft's Skype acquisition  —  Microsoft secured EU approval on Friday to purchase internet voice and video service Skype for $8.5 billion, its biggest ever acquisition.  —  The European Commission said that its investigation of the takeover showed that the firms' activities mainly overlapped …
Electronista:
Sprint goes LTE: 120 cities with new 4G by end of 2012  —  Sprint Strategy Update event talks LTE  —  Sprint in tandem with its Strategy Update event Friday is now known to be outlining a switch to LTE for its 4G.  Taking advantage of its Network Vision sites, which mix CDMA, EVDO 3G …
Bloomberg:
Groupon Plans to ‘Significantly’ Reduce Marketing Spending Amid Criticism  —  Groupon Inc., the online-coupon site that has filed for an initial public offering, said it plans to “significantly” reduce online marketing spending over time as such investments yield insufficient returns.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Betabeat and Street Fight
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Issues $143 Million In Stock For TicketMonster Deal  —  LivingSocial is busily expanding its daily deal footprint both in the U.S. and abroad.  According to a new SEC filing, LivingSocial issued $143 million in stock as part of a “business combination transaction, such as a merger, acquisition or exchange offer.”
Discussion: AllThingsD
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Michael Jackson Facebook Concert Unplugged  —  Planning on spending Saturday in front of your computer, watching the Michael Jackson tribute concert stream on Facebook?  Make a new plan.  —  Milyoni, the Bay Area company that was going to handle the payment and streaming of the show via the social network …
Discussion: All Facebook
 
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