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4:55 PM ET, October 8, 2011

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Randall Stross / New York Times:
An Analogy of Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs  —  IN August 1931, Thomas Alva Edison, age 84, became gravely ill with kidney problems.  He recovered a little, then suffered a setback and was confined to bed at home, drifting in and out of consciousness.  Newspapers issued multiple bulletins each day …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Here's To The Crazy One  —  When I wrote my piece entitled “One More Thing...” in August following the news that Steve Jobs was formally stepping down as CEO of Apple, I knew that sooner or later there would have to be a follow up.  Unfortunately, it ended up being sooner.
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core Blog:
Jobs to Noah Wyle: “You do look like me” (with Macworld Expo gag video)
Discussion: Neowin.net, Fortune and Billboard.Biz
Mike Fleming / Deadline.com:
Sony Pictures Acquiring New Steve Jobs Biography For Major Feature Film
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Apple Talked to City's Police Days Before Steve Jobs's Death
Discussion: SlashGear, AllThingsD and 9to5Mac
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple outs more powerful Apple TV (dual-core A5?) in iOS 5 file system  —  We've been hoping for a new Apple TV since Apple began transitioning its iOS device lineup to dual-core A5 processors, and we now have some compelling evidence for a next-generation Apple TV being in the works.
J.B. / Fusible.com:
Amazon spins off Kindle Fire products into separate company called Seesaw  —  Amazon appears to be spinning off its Kindle Fire business under a separate new company called Seesaw.  —  According to recent trademark filings for the Kindle Fire and Amazon Silk with the United States Patent …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft shares its plans to dramatically reduce Windows 8 memory usage  —  Microsoft detailed its plans to reduce the memory footprint of Windows 8 on Friday.  —  The software maker wants to ship Windows 8 with the same system requirements as Windows 7.  One of the ways it plans to achieve …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple sells out of iPhone 4S pre-orders, now shipping in 1-2 weeks  —  This happened internationally earlier in the day, but now Apple has sold out of its U.S. iPhone 4S pre-order allotment.  Customers who are interested in ordering an iPhone 4S from the Apple Online Store can still order …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Thoughts and Observations Regarding This Week's iPhone 4S Event, Written Almost Entirely …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Chrome extension enables remote computer control  —  The Chrome remote desktop extension lets a person remotely control another computer over the network, in this case using Chrome on a Mac to control a Windows machine also running Chrome.  —  Months of work on “chromoting” …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Homeland Security moves forward with ‘pre-crime’ detection  —  An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public, CNET has learned.
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Google's Troubled Search for Valuable Patents  —  An analysis suggests that patents it recently bought from IBM won't help much against competitors such as Apple and Microsoft.  —  An analysis of more than 1,000 patents that Google bought from IBM offers a glimpse inside …
Discussion: Slashdot
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Oh my: Bravo now casting Silicon Valley reality show  —  First comes the money, then come the cameras: Bravo, the cable television network known for such reality shows as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Millionaire Matchmaker, is apparently looking for young professionals to star …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Microsoft races to ready Silverlight for Xbox Live update  —  Microsoft is about a month and a half away from releasing an update to its Xbox Live experience, which will add a bunch of new partner apps from the likes of Comcast, Verizon and HBO, among others.
 
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
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