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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 …
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:
Janet I. Tu / Seattle Times:
Patents emerge as significant mobile strategy for Microsoft, other tech companies  —  (This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Oct. 23, 2011.  - Janet I. Tu)  —  It seems not a week goes by these days without news of another patent battle or announcement …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Inks Tenth Android Patent Deal, Signs Agreement With Compal Electronics  —  Microsoft has signed yet another Android patent deal, this time with China's Compal Electronics.  The current list of Microsoft's patent agreements include Samsung, HTC, Wistron, Quanta, Acer and General Dynamics Itronix.
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 …
Benj Edwards / Macworld:
The birth of the iPod  —  The events that led to Apple's great unveiling on October 23, 2001  —  The destiny of Apple changed drastically 10 years ago with the release of a deceptively simple digital music player.  —  On October 23, 2001, Apple lifted the curtain on the very first iPod …
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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 …
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.
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Groupon Scales Down  —  Offering Just 5% of Its Shares …
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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.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Apple hires Yahoo's data center chief  —  Updated: Scott Noteboom, the man who led Yahoo's data center operations since 2005, has now joined Apple as the iconic consumer electronics maker expands into the cloud.  According to LinkedIn, Noteboom is now a “distinguished gentleman” …
 
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Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Venture Firms Put $8.4B In U.S. Companies In Q3 Of 2011; Up 29 Percent
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