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12:40 AM ET, October 21, 2011

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Associated Press:
Jobs questioned authority all his life, book says  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new biography portrays Steve Jobs as a skeptic all his life - giving up religion because he was troubled by starving children, calling executives who took over Apple “corrupt” and delaying cancer surgery in favor of cleansings and herbal medicine.
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Marcus Baram / The Huffington Post:
Steve Jobs Biography Reveals He Told Obama, 'You're Headed For A One-Term Presidency' … In one of the most hotly-anticipated biographies of the year, “Steve Jobs,” author Walter Isaacson reveals that the Apple CEO offered to design political ads for President Obama's 2012 campaign despite …
CBS News:
Biographer: Jobs refused early and potentially life-saving surgery  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs refused to allow surgeons to perform what could have been life-saving surgery on his pancreatic cancer, says his biographer Walter Isaacson.  In one of his deepest discussions with him …
CBS News:
Steve Jobs met his biological father before he knew he was his real father, biographer says  —  In one of the most ironic revelations about the complex personality and life of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, his biographer says in the 1980s Jobs actually met a man a few times who unbeknownst to either was his biological father.
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
A New Look for Gmail  —  A video from Google's YouTube channel (update: the video is now private, but there's a mirror here) introduces a new Gmail interface.  It's based on the Preview theme that's already available in Gmail, but there are many other changes: an action bar that uses icons instead …
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Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
CONFIRMED: Google Redesigns Gmail, Here Are The Leaked Features  —  Updated: Google has contacted us and confirmed that the video is indeed real.  —  “Oops, you weren't supposed to see that,” Google's Andrea Freund said.  “Stay tuned, we'll be sharing more info on Gmail's new look soon.”
Discussion: CNET News and Neowin.net, Thanks:logicalmoron
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Anyone with a Smart Cover can break into your iPad 2  —  Talk over an iPhone 4S security flaw regarding Siri working from the Lock screen has made the rounds the past few days, but this “security flaw” is not so much a flaw, but an indented feature from Apple.
Discussion: iSource and Electronista
Feross Aboukhadijeh / Feross.org:
HOW TO: Spy on the Webcams of Your Website Visitors  —  Update (10/19): CNET says that Adobe is working on a fix and it could be ready by end of week.  —  Update (10/19): Adobe emailed me and said “our product team is wrapping up their investigation and is now working on a fix, which should not require a Flash Player update”.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Adobe to plug Flash-related Webcam spying hole
Discussion: Threat Level
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Revenue Up 7% To $17.37B, Earnings At $0.68 Per Share  —  Microsoft just reported its first quarter 2012 earnings today with revenues of $17.37 billion, an 7% increase from the same period of the prior year.  Microsoft's operating income was $7.20 billion, its net income was $5.74 billion …
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Mark Gongloff / MarketBeat:
Microsoft Earnings Meet Forecasts, Stock Falls
Discussion: GeekWire and Tech Trader Daily
Alan Green / Official Google Reader Blog:
Upcoming changes to Reader: a new look, new Google+ features, and some clean-up  —  In the next week, we'll be making some highly requested changes to Google Reader.  First, we're going to introduce a brand new design (like many of Google's other products) that we hope you love.
Rob Crossley / Develop:
Sources point to 2013 launch for ‘Xbox Next’  —  Several projects already underway for new Microsoft system  —  Microsoft and industry partners are working towards a 2013 launch of the next generation Xbox, Develop understands.  —  Multiple sources across the industry …
Comic Book Movie:
The Avengers Cinematographer Reveals Some Scenes Were Filmed with An iPhone  —  Seamus McGarvey, the man behind the camera on Marvel & Joss Whedon's superhero flick dishes on the film, revealing there's scenes filmed with an iphone!  Check it out! … Marvel's The Avengers is the Super Hero team …
Steve Clayton / TechNet Blogs:
Microsoft Research shows Holodesk  —  In the last few months we've seen some pretty great applications of natural user interface (NUI).  It seems fair to say that NUI is becoming more widely used and accepted in its various forms.  But not being ones to sit back and relax …
Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
AT&T: We're Seeing “Tremendous, Tremendous Demand” for the iPhone 3GS  —  Apple recently revamped its iPhone lineup with a 8GB iPhone 4 for $99 and a free iPhone 3GS with a two-year contract on AT&T. The iPhone 4S was made available on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint at the regular $199 starting price.
Discussion: MacRumors
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
RIM facing mass defection over BlackBerry blunders  —  RIM may believe its BlackBerry outage compensation is “a pretty comprehensive set of efforts” but it may not be enough to staunch the flow of users ditching the platform, according to new research.  A full 30-percent of large scale BlackBerry users plan …
AT&T:
AT&T Activates One Million iPhone 4S'  —  Activations Surpass All Previous Launches; Customers Prefer AT&T Speed Advantage  —  AT&T today announced it activated more than 1 million iPhone 4S' as of Tuesday, making it the most successful iPhone launch in the company's history.
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Yun-Hee Kim / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Beats Apple in Smartphone Shipments  —  HONG KONG—Samsung Electronics Co. shipped more than 20 million smartphones in the quarter ended Sept. 30, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday, beating market leader Apple Inc. as well as Nokia Corp., the world's biggest cellphone maker by volume.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
HP's Chief Strategy And Technology Officer Shane Robison To Step Down Nov. 1  —  HP has just announced that its executive vice president and chief strategy and technology officer Shane Robison will be retiring, effective Nov. 1.  —  Robison, an 11-year HP veteran, also served as a member of the company's Executive Council.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Considers a New iOS Device Design for Easier Repairs  —  On October 20, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a variety of new iOS concept designs that will accommodate easier repairs.  —  A New Kind of Construction for iOS Devices is Being Considered
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo UK
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Oracle can use Google email in patent case: judge  —  (Reuters) - Oracle Corp may use an internal Google Inc email Google fought to keep under wraps in a high stakes patent case over the Java programing language, a U.S. judge has ruled.  —  Oracle sued Google last year …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Bloomberg
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Google Apps hasn't met LAPD's security requirements, city demands refund  —  Two years after the City of Los Angeles approved a $7.25 million deal to move its e-mail and productivity infrastructure to Google Apps, the migration has still not been completed because the Los Angeles Police Department …
Reuters:
BlackBerry maker accused of infringing BBX trademark  —  (Reuters) - BBX, the operating system that Research In Motion is counting on to revive its floundering BlackBerry franchise, has run into trouble even before the company could install the system in its smartphone line.
 
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Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Engadget and PhoneArena
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple airs its first amazing iPhone 4S Siri commercial
Michael Kan / PC World:
Chinese Government Defends Its Internet Policies as Open and Clear
Discussion: Inquirer
Laura MacInnis / Reuters:
Obama officials, senators agree to seek cyber deal
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
For Viki, Web Video Translation Equals $20 Million
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Exclusive: Nasdaq hackers spied on directors
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Iris Is (Sort Of) Siri For Android
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 Earlier Items: 
Todd Wasserman / Mashable:
New Security Threat: Infected QR Codes
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
On the scene: Microsoft opens its first Seattle store
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and WinRumors
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
This Is The Google Music “Twist”: You Can Share Songs After Buying Them
Discussion: Technologizer, T3 News and VentureBeat
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Let's Take This One With a Grain of Salt
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli®:
iPhone 4S Carries BOM of $188, IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Reveals
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Help Halve Phone Costs Next Year in ‘Volume’ Drive