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11:40 AM ET, November 19, 2011

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Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Walter Isaacson, Biographer of Steve Jobs  —  Walter Isaacson is the author of “Steve Jobs,” the best-selling biography published last month.  The following is an edited version of our interview.  —  When did you first meet Steve Jobs?  —  I've known Steve off and on since 1984.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Getting Steve Jobs Wrong  —  Exhibit A in the case against Walter Isaacson's flawed Jobs biography: Malcolm Gladwell in last week's New Yorker, arguing that Jobs was “a tweaker”: … Jobs was neither.  These men make for a poor comparison to Jobs because Jobs didn't really “invent” …
Discussion: parislemon and Business Insider
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
American Express teams with foursquare to promote Small Business Saturday  —  Squeezed between the traditional holiday-shopping kickoff days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is the newer and lesser known Small Business Saturday.  It's an initiative sponsored by American Express that aims …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
March Launch for Slightly Thicker iPad 3? iPhone with 4-Inch Screen in Summer?  —  iLounge offers a series of tidbits from its “most reliable source” regarding Apple's product plans for 2012, reporting that the iPad, iPhone, and MacBook Pro will all be receiving redesigns.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Google: 200 million Android devices now active worldwide  —  Google's grip of the mobile market has tightened even further.  —  More than 200 million Android devices have now been activated around the world, the search giant announced yesterday.  The figure was revealed at yesterday's …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google's JPEG Alternative WebP Gets Smarter, Takes on PNG  —  Last year, Google introduced a new image format for the web called WebP.  WebP is meant to be a modern alternative to the popular but patent-encumbered JPEG standard.  It produces significantly smaller files without sacrificing image quality.
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
BlackBerry 7 sales sputter after strong start  —  It's not looking good for RIM and its BlackBerry smartphones.  —  Research in Motion is stuck between an Apple and an Ice Cream Sandwich.  —  After some initial excitement for the new line of BlackBerry 7 smartphones and a strong launch …
Tim Bradshaw / FT Tech Hub:
The unexpected impact of Facebook's “seamless sharing” on newspaper sites  —  Mark Zuckerberg said in September that Facebook's new sharing tools for music, video and news would “transform” the media world, with the social network “rethinking the whole way the news industry works”.
Discussion: CNET News
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Nook Tablet review  —  DOES THE NOOK TABLET HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO EXTINGUISH THE KINDLE FIRE?  —  Exactly one year ago, Barnes & Noble made an interesting move, one no other company in the tech industry had yet been bold enough to make: it released the Nook Color for just $249.99.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
AT&T Raises Subsidized iPhone 3GS Price to $0.99  —  In a curious move, AT&T has raised the subsidized price of its cheapest iPhone to $0.99, up from free.  —  When the iPhone 4S was announced in October, Apple specifically mentioned in its press release that the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Microsoft And TechStars Launch Kinect Accelerator For New Kinect-Based Startups  —  The Kinect has proved fertile ground for hackers and innovators all over the world, from individuals to student teams to established researchers.  But as yet there haven't been many commercial applications.
Duncan Geere / Wired.com:
200+ Labels Withdraw Their Music From Spotify: Are Its Fortunes Unravelling?  —  Following a study that claims that streaming music is damaging to record sales, a distributor representing more than 200 labels has withdrawn its entire catalogue from Spotify, Napster, Simfy and Rdio.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Netflix to resurrect Arrested Development in 2013 as part of content play  —  In a serious content play, Netflix has announced that it is bringing the wildly popular show Arrested Development back exclusively on its platform.  —  The exclusivity is the key here, as it shows that Netflix …
 
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DealBook:
LivingSocial Set to Raise Near $200 Million
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Lawsuit claims Grooveshark workers posted 100,000 pirated songs
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New York Times:
U.S. Military Goes Online to Rebut Extremists' Messages
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Starz planning new digital strategy as Netflix deal ends
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Why Image-Sharing Network Pinterest Is Hot
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Messaging apps, VoIP already eating into carrier revenues, study finds
Foster Kamer / Betabeat:
David Karp: 'We've Been Letting Down Our Developer Community'
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Foreign hackers targeted U.S. water plant in apparent malicious cyber attack, expert says
Zach Epstein / BGR:
iPhone 4S carrier showdown: AT&T fastest, Verizon most reliable
Business Week:
What Is Sony Now?  —  At 69, Sir Howard Stringer's time as CEO …
Discussion: The Verge, Gizmodo and Company Town
Barry Collins / PC Pro:
Up to 50 Ultrabooks “to be launched at CES”