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10:40 PM ET, October 21, 2011

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Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Jobs's final plan: an ‘integrated’ Apple TV  —  View Photo Gallery —  Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple and revolutionized personal computing, died Oct. 5.  He suffered from a rare form of pancreatic cancer.  —  The new biography on Steve Jobs has a major product reveal: Apple may drop a full-fledged television.
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CNET News:
To Jobs, Microsoft and Google 'just don't get it' (video)  —  Listen to Steve Jobs as he talks about what these two tech giants were lacking in this excerpt from “60 Minutes Overtime” (starting around 0:46 in the video):  —  Walter Isaacson taped many of his interview sessions …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Here's what actually matters about Groupon (and what doesn't)  —  Cue the knives and daggers!  Groupon is proceeding with its IPO process, and will reportedly conduct its big road show next week.  You can watch CEO Andrew Mason pitch the company to potential investors in this amusingly serious video here.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Video: Tie-Wearing Groupon CEO Andrew Mason Pitches IPO To Investors
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
HEY, GROUPON HATERS, ANALYZE THIS: Groupon Breaks Even In Q3
John Cook / GeekWire:
Engineer who ripped Jeff Bezos returns with mea culpa, and a story about the Amazon founder  —  Last week, Google engineer Steve Yegge accidentally posted a fascinating 4,771 word rant in which he attacked his employer and ripped his former boss, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, as a tight-fisted micromanager.
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Steve Yegge / Google+:
Last week I accidentally posted an internal rant about service platforms to my public Google+ account (i.e. this one).  It somehow went viral, which is nothing short of stupefying given that it was a massive Wall of Text.  The whole thing still feels surreal.  —  Amazingly, nothing bad happened to me at Google.
George Avalos / Mercury News:
Google pays $100 million for offices in Mountain View, extending a property-buying surge  —  Google (GOOG) bought a big office complex in Mountain View, in its largest property purchase of 2011 in Silicon Valley, a deal that broadens the tech titan's remarkable expansion plans in the region.
Discussion: CNET News
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Why computer voices are mostly female  —  (CNN) — To most owners of the new iPhone, the voice-activated feature called Siri is more than a virtual “assistant” who can help schedule appointments, find a good nearby pizza or tell you if it's going to rain.  —  She's also a she.
Discussion: Guardian and Business Insider
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
1 in 4 tablets from last quarter run on Android?  Hmmm.....  Android tablets are quickly eating into Apple's iPad leading market share with 26.9 percent of shipped tablets in the third quarter running Google's mobile operating system.  A Strategy Analytics report published on Friday comes to that conclusion …
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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Amazon Throws A Minor Curveball With HTML5-Powered Kindle Format 8  —  Amazon has announced an update to the Kindle file format integrating many HTML5 tags and CSS attributes.  Many expected a concession by Amazon in the form of an EPUB-compatible upgrade, and this comes as a slight surprise …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Murdoch says Myspace was “mismanaged in every possible way”, could have sold for $6 billion  —  To say that News Corp has had some problems over the past few years would be a grievous understatement, but that's about the best way in which it can be stated.  In short, the company has been a carnival …
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
News Corp. to Pay $4.8M Hack Settlement
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
T-Mobile wants the iPhone, but only if it's AWS-compatible  —  In an official statement released on Thursday, T-Mobile SVP of Marketing Andrew Sherrard addressed T-Mobile's absence from the lineup of U.S. carriers offering the iPhone — a list that now even includes regional carrier C Spire.
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Galaxy Nexus coming to Verizon ‘this year’  —  Verizon has just confirmed that it's getting the LTE-enabled version of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus — the first Ice Cream Sandwich device, announced to considerable fanfare earlier this week — though it's not saying exactly when.
Discussion: Verizon Wireless, BGR, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Tom Heneghan / Reuters:
Shock image threshold falls under internet pressure  —  (Reuters) - The threshold for publishing gruesome images like those of Muammar Gaddafi's death is falling as the internet and social media make many of the editorial decisions that used to be left to a small group of professional journalists.
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
Reed Hastings Knows He Messed Up  —  Part of Steve Jobs's legacy is how incredibly well he managed the Apple product rollouts.  What do you think Jobs, who never minced words, would say about how Netflix has operated in the last three months?  —  I'm not going to put words in a deceased man's mouth.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Qwiki May Have Lost 2 Engineers, But It Also Gained 2 New Ones And Landed A Major Distribution Deal  —  Qwiki, the video search startup, recently lost engineers Matthew Liu and Brad Whitaker.  —  Gigaom reports that the partings were abrupt and stemmed from a disagreement with CEO Doug Imbruce …
Discussion: GigaOM
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
ITC staff dismisses public interest concerns over possible ban of HTC Android devices  —  Are Apple and Android engaged in a battle to death, and who will go down?  That's the big discussion topic du jour.  —  The Associated Press published excerpts from Steve Jobs's biography according …
Discussion: Electronista, PC World and GigaOM
Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
Building a Firewall for the Facebook Generation  —  Palo Alto Networks is updating the corporate firewall to handle modern Web services like social networks, Skype, and Google Docs  —  For the past 15 years or so, security pros have relied on the trusty firewall and other hardware …
Discussion: All Facebook
Dante Cesa / Engadget:
Sprint to nix ‘unlimited’ from mobile broadband and hotspot plans in November  —  We'd heard rumblings that unlimited data for Sprint's mobile hotspot plan was going the way of the dodo, but come November folks, it'll be official.  Data sent and received over tethering — not smartphone usage — will now be measured against a 5GB cap.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Verizon sold 2M iPhones last quarter, 700K less than AT&T  —  Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., sold two million iPhone 4 units last quarter, falling 700,000 short of rival AT&T. The carrier also declined to reveal its launch numbers for the iPhone 4S.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon's third quarter: 1.4 million LTE devices boost wireless unit
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:
The Next Web appoints CEO  —  In January 2008 we started The Next Web Blog with a .org domain name.  Since then a lot has changed and we've grown from a bunch of guys passionate about the web to a real company and even more important a worldwide leading brand in tech news & events.
Discussion: @gaberivera and @zee
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook And Google Spent Record Amounts On D.C. Lobbying In Q3 2011  —  Each quarter, Facebook and Google continue to spend more and more on lobbying efforts in Washington D.C. As evidenced by the most recent disclosure reports filed in the U.S. Senate's lobbying database …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Dropbox's Mobile API Gets A Security Boost (And Is Now Mobile Web-Friendly)
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Dave Williams / AdAge:
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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Discussion: Business Insider and CNET News
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Nintendo Gets Serious About Streaming, Announces Hulu Plus Will Soon Hit The Wii, 3DS
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Could Lodsys turn its sights on Microsoft Windows 8 developers?
Nick Triggle / BBC:
Mobile phone brain cancer link rejected
Helen Pidd / Guardian:
Facebook could face €100,000 fine for holding data that users have deleted