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1:35 AM ET, October 25, 2011

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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
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
Reuters:
Steve Jobs book may be Amazon's 2011 top seller
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and GeekWire
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
Felix Salmon:
Netflix and the economics of nonrival goods
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com and GMSV
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Meg Whitman joins Zaarly's board of directors, company gets $14M from Kleiner Perkins  —  Mobile marketplace Zaarly announced today that Hewlett-Packard chief executive Meg Whitman is joining its board of directors, and that it's getting a $14 million investment led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.
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: @ryan and @peterrojas
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Engadget Hooks Up With gdgt To Power Its Product Modules
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.
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.
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.
Steven Levy / Wired.com:
Brave New Thermostat: How the iPod's Creator Is Making Home Heating Sexy  —  “You're going to built a what?”  —  That's what Tony Fadell's wife, Dani, said to him in 2009 when he told her his idea for a new company.  Fadell is one of the most sought-after talents in the world of gadgetry …
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Using Credit Cards to Target Web Ads  —  The two largest credit-card networks, Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., are pushing into a new business: using what they know about people's credit-card purchases for targeting them with ads online.  —  Their plans, if implemented …
Discussion: Digits, Digits and Digits
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.
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 …
Iain Thomson / The Register:
Father of Lisp and AI John McCarthy has died  —  Early computing pioneer undergoes final upload  —  Stanford University has confirmed that John McCarthy, the inventor of the LISP programming language and one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence (AI), has died at the age of 84.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Electronista
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.
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
HP WebOS Evangelist Richard Kerris Leaving The Company  —  Richard Kerris, as big an advocate for HP's WebOS as existed on the planet, has decided to leave the company, according to a report.  His decision only raises further questions about the fate of the mobile operating system …
 
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Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
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Bloomberg:
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 Earlier Items: 
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
OpenSky Raises $30 Million for Twitter-Inspired Shopping Site
Discussion: Business Insider
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Siri ported to iPad, still getting silent treatment from Apple servers