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11:30 PM ET, October 24, 2011

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Fortune:
When Steve Met Bill: ‘It was a kind of weird seduction visit’  —  Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were the ultimate frenemies.  Read about the roots of their relationship in this exclusive excerpt from Walter Isaacson's new book, Steve Jobs, which hits bookstores today.  —  1985: The young and the restless.
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Steve Zeitchik / 24 Frames:
Will Aaron Sorkin take on Steve Jobs?  —  EXCLUSIVE: Steve Jobs was front and center again Sunday night when “60 Minutes” aired its much-anticipated interview with his biographer, Walter Isaacson.  It proably won't be the last time the Apple co-founder will dominate our screens.
Discussion: @sarahcuda
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
Jobs ‘annoyed and depressed’ following iPad announcement, biography reveals
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple TV Effort Said to Be Led By ITunes Creator  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is turning to the software engineer who built iTunes to help lead its development of a television set, according to three people with knowledge of the project.  —  Jeff Robbin, who helped create the iPod in addition …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Piper Jaffray: Apple is already building prototype TV sets  —  The solution Steve Jobs said he “finally cracked” could be a $6 billion business by 2014  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: www.patentlyapple.com  —  In a note to clients released Monday, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster seizes …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Go-Go Growth Days Screech to a Halt at Netflix  —  A first look at Netflix's Q3: Revenue of $822 million and earnings $1.16 a share.  The Street was expecting around $811 million and about $0.94 a share (bear in mind that “consensus” actually varies depending on whom you ask).
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix lost 800,000 U.S. subscribers in third quarter  —  Netflix's subscriber attrition in the wake of a price hike and separation of its streaming and DVD businesses is even greater than first thought.  The company ended the quarter with 23.8 million subscribers in the third quarter, which is down 810,000 from the previous quarter.
Felix Salmon:
Netflix and the economics of nonrival goods
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com and GMSV
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Sprint and Apple are working on a ‘nationwide issue’ with iPhone 4S data speeds [Updated]  —  To say that the iPhone 4S has been well received on Sprint and AT&T is a bit of an understatement, as it set opening day sales and activation records for both carriers.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
CNET In Talks To Acquire gdgt As Early As This Week  —  Back in 2009, TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington wrote that CNET (and parent company CBS) were sniffing around gdgt, the then-brand-new community/review site/blog of Peter Rojas and Ryan Block.  While CNET was considering an investment at the time …
Discussion: @peterrojas and @ryan
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Engadget Hooks Up With gdgt To Power Its Product Modules
Obama for America:
Hi, Tumblr.  —  It's nice to meet you.  —  There are lots of reasons we're excited to be launching the Obama 2012 campaign's new Tumblr today.  But mostly it's because we're looking at this as an opportunity to create something that's not just ours, but yours, too.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Obama Campaign Experiments With Tumblr for '12
Discussion: New York Times
Casey Chan / Gizmodo:
How Much the iPhone Camera Has Improved  —  When the first iPhone came out, the camera was an afterthought, only tossed in to feature match its competitors.  Fast forward four years and it's an entirely different story, Apple has made it a point of emphasis and the camera in the iPhone 4S sh-sh-sh-shines.
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Nokia Windows Phone Likely to Miss Holidays in U.S.  —  Struggling Handset Maker Pursues Europe-First Strategy on Windows Phone Launch  —  The leading smartphone manufacturers have already unveiled their holiday wares — Apple's iPhone 4S, Samsung's Galaxy Nexus and Motorola's Droid RAZR.
Reuters:
Zynga's IPO due week before Thanksgiving: sources  —  (Reuters) - Zynga Inc is currently planning to price its initial public offering and have its shares begin trading the week before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on November 24, two sources briefed on the offering said on Monday.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Removes The + Search Command  —  Google has quietly removed one of the older search operators, the + search operator.  Now if you try adding a + sign in your query, Google will ignore it.  —  Why did Google remove the old search operator?  Kelly from Google said in a forum thread …
Edgar Cervantes / Android and Me:
Motorola: Ice Cream Sandwich devices coming 6 weeks after release (Update: devices confirmed)  —  Whoa there, Motorola!  Getting aggressive, aren't we?  While other manufacturers are “looking into” device updates to Ice Cream Sandwich, these guys are not playing it safe.  The company has decided to give us time frames.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Aneel Bhusri's Workday Raises $85 Million at a Whopping $2 Billion Valuation  —  It's beginning to look like this whole enterprise software-in-the-cloud thing might just go somewhere.  For the latest evidence, look no further than Workday, the fast-growing provider of human resources software as a service.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Siri Co-Founder Kittlaus Departs From Apple  —  Dag Kittlaus — the co-founder and CEO of the company that created the Siri voice control feature, which Apple launched to much acclaim recently — has left the company, according to sources.  —  There were several reasons for the departure …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Researchers Release Attack Tool That Cripples Secure Websites  —  Researchers have released an attack tool that makes it trivial for anyone to take down websites that allow users to connect via secure connections.  —  Unlike most denial-of-service attacks (DoS) that require an attacker …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Senior Media Liaison Karen Wickre leaves Google for Twitter  —  Karen Wickre, the Senior Media Liaison at Google for the last nine years has left Google and joined Twitter.  —  Our sources say Wickre held a very senior PR position at Google for a long time, and was the go between for project managers and the media.
Discussion: @kvox and KVOX
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Android Blows Past Apple To Take The Lead In Market Share For App Downloads  —  According to fresh data from ABI Research, more Android apps were downloaded in Q2 2011 than iOS apps.  —  Makes sense since Android is a bigger platform, but we think this is a first for the rival mobile platforms.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google eyeing fiber network for Europe  —  A Google executive said the search giant is pondering a fiber network in Europe, perhaps based on its experience building out a gigabit fiber to the home network in the U.S. Google's dedication to better infrastructure is essential to the success …
 
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Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Pre-IPO Jive Software To List On Nasdaq As JIVE; Sequoia, Kleiner Invest $40M More
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Bloomberg:
AT&T Judge Denies Sprint Access to Data U.S. Got From Rival
Iain Thomson / The Register:
Father of Lisp and AI John McCarthy has died
Discussion: TechCrunch and Electronista
David Goldman / CNN Money:
Google and Microsoft play game of Yahoo chicken
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
OpenSky Raises $30 Million for Twitter-Inspired Shopping Site
Discussion: Business Insider
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