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12:45 AM ET, October 22, 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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Bits:
Steve Jobs Biography: A Scorecard of Put-Downs  —  Every authorized biography includes some score-settling by its subject.  Steven P. Jobs, the late Apple co-founder and subject of Walter Isaacson's new book, “Steve Jobs,” proves no different.  —  A motley assortment of luminaries …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Steve Jobs wanted to revolutionize textbooks next  —  After revolutionizing the digital music business, smartphones and tablets, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was planning to take on an unlikely project: textbooks.  —  Jobs apparently wanted to hire textbook writers to create interactive digital versions …
Discussion: Bits, MacNN and 9to5Mac
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 …
Janet Maslin / New York Times:
Books of The Times: ‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson - Review  —  After Steve Jobs anointed Walter Isaacson as his authorized biographer in 2009, he took Mr. Isaacson to see the Mountain View, Calif., house in which he had lived as a boy.  He pointed out its “clean design” and “awesome little features.”
Discussion: Fast Company and Gadget Lab
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Google Voice app returns to iTunes, iOS 5 crash bug fixed  —  Less than a week after it disappeared from iTunes, the Apple-friendly Google Voice app is back and declared iOS 5 friendly, per its official Twitter account.  Also improved is operation when you don't have a data connection …
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 …
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.
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.
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, GigaOM and PC World
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Dropbox's Mobile API Gets A Security Boost (And Is Now Mobile Web-Friendly)  —  Red-hot startup Dropbox — you know, the file syncing service that just raised $250 million at a $4 billion valuation — has announced something this week that's getting slightly less attention than its massive funding round …
Discussion: The Dropbox Blog
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Testing “Facebook Credits for Websites” That Helps Third-Party Sites Sell Virtual Goods  —  Facebook has just announced a closed, limited test in which for the first time it will allow websites to process payments for virtual goods using Facebook Credits.
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
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
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.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook And Google Spent Record Amounts On D.C. Lobbying In Q3 2011
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
The Challenges of Building a Digital Public Library of America
Discussion: Joho the Blog and ReadWriteWeb
Dave Williams / AdAge:
The Inside Scoop on Facebook's $1.6 Billion Ad Machine
Discussion: Business Insider
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo Overhauls Marketing Unit — The Internal Memo
Discussion: Business Insider
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
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
Reed Hastings Knows He Messed Up