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3:00 PM ET, October 23, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Steve's Final “One More Thing...”  —  Steve Jobs was the ultimate showman.  As such, it should be no surprise that he realized the power of following up a great performance with an encore.  But unlike many musicians who treat encores as a given add-on for each show, Jobs seemed to recognize …
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Ben Rosen / THROUGH ROSEN-COLORED GLASSES:
MEMORIES OF STEVE  —  Steve: Always Value Conscious  —  One frigid winter day in the late 1970s, I ran into Steve at some meeting in midtown Manhattan, a time and event now long forgotten.  What isn't forgotten is that when the meeting ended and we went outside into the freezing weather …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Former Compaq Chairman, and current Mac user, reveals that Jobs asked Compaq to license the MacOS in 1999  —  Among other interesting tidbits on Steve Jobs, technology investment pioneer Ben Rosen reveals that the new Apple CEO invited the then Compaq Chairman and CEO to Silicon Valley in 1999 to inquire about licensing MacOS X:
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft's YouTube channel hacked  —  Unless this is some elaborate publicity stunt, Microsoft's official YouTube channel appears to have been taken over by someone not affiliated with the company, who has removed all of the videos and posted solicitations for sponsorships …
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Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
Half of all Android devices have entered into patent agreements with Microsoft  —  While Google continues to figure out how to stop the Microsoft patent train, Microsoft has landed yet another patent agreement with Compal, as announced by Microsoft.  For those keeping score at home …
Discussion: TechNet Blogs and WMPoweruser, Thanks:bdsams
Janet I. Tu / Seattle Times:
Patents emerge as significant tech strategy  —  It seems not a week goes by these days without news of another patent battle or announcement: Microsoft reaching licensing agreements with various device manufacturers.  Apple and various handset manufacturers filing suits and countersuits.
Michelle Conlin / Associated Press:
Groupon's fall to earth swifter than its fast rise … NEW YORK (AP) — Only a few months ago, Groupon was the Internet's next great thing.  Business media christened it the fastest growing company ever.  Copycats proliferated.  And investors salivated over the prospect of Groupon going public.
Discussion: Yipit Blog and Reuters
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Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Scales Down  —  Offering Just 5% of Its Shares …
Discussion: Digits and Deal Journal
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
iPod at 10: A game changer getting long in the tooth  —  Apple's original iPod in 2001.  —  On October 23, 2001, Apple took a big step in its corporate renaissance with a little device that stored all of 1,000 songs, cost an eyebrow-raising $399, and had more than a few critics chuckling at Steve Jobs' expense.
Jim Dempsey / Ars Technica:
Op-ed: The shocking strangeness of our 25-year-old digital privacy law  —  Op-ed: Twenty-five years after it was passed, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act still governs much of our privacy online, and the Center for Democracy and Technology argues that ECPA needs an overhaul.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Syria using American software to censor Internet, experts say  —  LONDON — Syria is using equipment and software developed by an American company to censor the Internet and conduct surveillance of its citizens, according to data analyzed by technology experts and advocates for Syrian dissidents.
Discussion: The Next Web
Max Eddy / Geekosystem:
Study Uses iPhone Accelerometers to “Read” Nearby Keystrokes  —  A team of researchers from Georgia Tech's School of Computer Science has announced that they've found a way to capture keyboard information through the accelerometer of a nearby iPhone.  According to their findings, the technique was accurate 80% of the time.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Venture Firms Put $8.4B In U.S. Companies In Q3 Of 2011; Up 29 Percent
Sandra Hernandez / China Digital Times:
The “Occupy” Series: Sina Weibo's New List of Banned Search Terms
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Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Check Out How Private Equity Is Using The Wall Street Journal To Try To Drive Yahoo's Price Down
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
New printed chip could spark cheaper sensor networks
Discussion: Electronista and EE Times
Michael Wolff / Wired:
How Russian Tycoon Yuri Milner Bought His Way Into Silicon Valley