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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies at age 56

Steve-JobsImage Credit: Shaun Curry/Getty ImagesSteve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc. and Pixar Studios, and the man behind the launch of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, died today in California at the age of 56, according to Apple. Jobs first revealed he was battling pancreatic cancer in 2004, having surgery later that year. This past January he announced he was taking a medical leave of absence from his position at Apple until the end of June; he resigned his post as CEO of the company on Aug. 24.

Jobs was a visionary, a technical genius, a ruthless dealmaker, a control freak, a cool-packaging fetishist, and a celeb who loved delivering his company’s products to other celebs as a way to network. But most of all, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was a salesman.

Videos of his keynote addresses, those heavily live-blogged events at which he unveiled the latest Apple products and innovations, are archived all over the Internet. They’ll be dissected at business schools for decades, because they demonstrate directly that there’s never been a more galvanizing high-tech celebrant. Whatever he was extolling—the introduction of the iPad, the latest iteration of the iPhone, the newest, most capacious iPod music players—Jobs came on not like a business executive but like an amalgam of high priest and rock star. READ FULL STORY

Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

The man who put the world of entertainment in the palm of our hands has stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple.

The Wall Street Journal has posted a letter from Steve Jobs to the company’s board of directors and “the Apple community” at large, saying that he felt he could not longer serve in his position at the technology powerhouse. “I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.”

He recommended Tim Cook, COO of the company, be chosen as his successor. READ FULL STORY

Hollywood reacts to the Casey Anthony verdict on Twitter

In the moments following the not guilty verdict read by the jury in the Casey Anthony case, many in Hollywood responded, overwhelmingly with outrage, on Twitter. Anthony was acquitted of first-degree murder and other charges regarding the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, but was convicted on four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers against her, reports People. The result brings a controversial end to the high-profile case. Read the reactions from celebrities on Twitter below:

Holly Marie Combs (@HDonoho): “Outraged. Out. Raged.” … “Hold up. They found her guilty of lying. Lying to covering up something she didn’t do? Fascinating.” … “If not reporting your child missing for 31 days is not aggravated child abuse I dont know what is. I really don’t. #JudicialSystem”

Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne): “miscarriage of justice…our system is broken and it sucks–death penalty should be removed–that’s why she got off”…”victory for all child murderers!”…”casey-you were so smart to hide the body in the swamp! You got away with killing your baby!”

Kaley Cuoco (@kaleycuoco): “Nice justice system. I can’t breathe. I can’t think. I’m sick. God help us.”

Carson Daly (@carsonjdaly): “That jury better get into hiding.”

Rainn Wilson (@rainnwilson): “Dear Florida, THANK YOU for freeing Casey! She’s now available for partying and babysitting!”

Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne): “Casey Anthony not guilty??…’s a disgrace. She’ll probably get her own reality show now.”  READ FULL STORY

Myspace changes hands after years of struggle with News Corp.

One dollar. That’s how much you’re worth to News Corp. if you still use Myspace. After six years of struggles to keep the brand viable, Rupert Murdoch and his company have sold the flailing social networking site, which still counts 35 million unique users, to online ad company Specific Media for $35 million in cash and stock, reports Reuters.

It was a major fire sale for Rupert Murdoch’s corporation, who purchased Myspace in 2005 for $580 million. The media conglomerate, which will retain a small stake of Myspace, was hoping to recoup at least some of its investment in the race between Specific, Golden Gate Capital, Austin Ventures, and Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. In fact, the final bid fell well short of a projected $100 million price tag.  READ FULL STORY

London teenager arrested in connection with Playstation Network hack

A 19-year-old has been arrested in London under suspicion of participating in the hacking of Sony’s Playstation network, according to CNN. Computers belonging to the suspect, who remained anonymous per UK law, will also be analyzed for connections to hacks against the CIA and England’s Serious Organized Crime Agency. The mysterious group LulzSec, who have taken credit for the Sony hack, tweeted a response to the arrest: “Seems the glorious leader of LulzSec got arrested, it’s all over now… wait… we’re all still here! Which poor bastard did they take down?”

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Sega's database gets hacked, 1.29 million customers' personal information stolen

Sega has officially confirmed that Sega Pass, the company’s online network, has been hacked. According to CNN, the company reported that personal information from at least 1.29 million customers was stolen from the membership database. The information stolen included e-mail addresses, passwords, and dates of birth, although Sega reported that members’ credit card numbers were safe. It’s reminiscent of the incident a few months ago, when Sony’s Playstation Network was hacked. However, LulzSec — the mysterious hacker consortium that took credit for the Sony infiltration — denied responsibility in the Sega hack via Twitter, proclaiming, “@Sega – contact us. We want to help you destroy the hackers that attacked you. We love the Dreamcast, these people are going down.”

Microsoft loses $300 million Supreme Court case

The United States Supreme Court handed Microsoft a stinging defeat in its appeal of a $300 million patent case verdict, according to Bloomberg. Back in 2007, I4i LP sued the computer giant, claiming that its patented technology had been illegally used in Microsoft Word, the popular word-processing program. Apple and Google had supported Microsoft’s legal effort to reverse the ruling, but the Court was unanimous, 8-0, in its support of the initial verdict. (Chief Justice John Roberts, who owns Microsoft stock, removed himself from the case.)

“While the outcome is not what we had hoped for, we will continue to advocate for changes to the law that will prevent abuse of the patent system and protect inventors who hold patents representing true innovation,” said Kevin Kutz, a Microsoft spokesman, in an e-mail to Bloomberg.

Steve Jobs to unveil Apple's new iCloud

Steve Jobs will unveil Apple’s latest software products at San Francisco’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 6, including the long-rumored-about iCloud service, according to a corporate press release.

Winklevoss Twins' Facebook appeal rejected for the second time

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the creators of Harvard’s ConnectU who claimed Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for a social networking website, saw their appeal against the Facebook creator rejected Monday. Bloomberg reports an 11-judge panel upheld a previous ruling, which stated that the Winklevoss twins (or, as Jesse Eisenberg’s Zuckerberg famously called them in The Social Network, “the Winklevi”) must accept their $65 million settlement reached in 2008. UPDATE: The Winklevoss twins intend to bring the case in front of the Supreme Court. According to a statement from their lawyer, Jerome B. Falk, Jr., “Settlements should be based on honest dealing, and courts have wisely refused to enforce a settlement obtained by fraudulent means.  The Court’s decision shut the courthouse door to a solid claim that Facebook obtained this settlement by committing securities fraud. Our Petition to the Supreme Court will ask the high court to decide whether that door should be reopened.”

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Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5 billion

Microsoft has agreed to purchase Skype for $8.5 billion in cash, according to the software giant. “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world.”

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