This week in pictures: Farewell, Steve
Reflections on the life and work of Steve Jobs dominated the news and our thoughts this week. But there was more, oh yes, there was more. The Zune was declared dead and then un-dead, Larry Ellison and Marc Benioff had a rather public spat, and Apple announced the iPhone 4S.
In pictures: Steve Jobs remembered
Apple Inc co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died on Wednesday at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues. Read more.
Microsoft Zune goes zombie: declared dead, then alive
Microsoft Zune, the "iPod killer" that couldn't, has been on life support for some time. Monday, Microsoft pulled the plug. Then Zune came back to life. Cue eerie music. Read more.
$35 Android tablet for students launched in India
The iPad still rules the tablet world, but an Indian government project now claims to have a 7 inch Android tablet for students for $35. Really $50, but subsidized to make if more affordable. Read more.
CEO Steve Ballmer 'underpaid,' Microsoft says
The CEOs in Steve Ballmer's peer group make up to $15.8 million on average, Microsoft estimates. By comparison, Ballmer's total compensation opportunity is just over $2 million. Read more.
Apple announces iPhone 4S to crowd
Apple on Tuesday announced the iPhone 4S, a 3G smartphone with improved hardware designed to allow the device to run applications faster than its predecessor, the iPhone 4. Read more.
Google Earth announces 1 billion downloads
On October 5, Google announced there have been more than one billion (with a b) downloads of Google Earth desktop clients, mobile apps, and plug-ins. Stories from Google Earth users are now collected at a new site, OneWorldManyStories.com. Read more.
Alibaba's Jack Ma interested in buying Yahoo
Jack Ma, chairman and CEO of Alibaba Group, said at an event at Stanford University that he was interested in acquiring Yahoo, according to reports, making this the first public overture by the Chinese company which is about 40 percent owned by Yahoo. Read more.
Ellison unveils 'Exalytics' in-memory machine
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison unveiled the Exalytics Intelligence Machine, the latest member of the company's products that combine software and hardware, during a keynote address at the OpenWorld conference on Sunday in San Francisco. Read more.
Benioff comes out swinging at Oracle
The Salesforce.com chief continued his spat with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Wednesday morning -- and you might not see Marc Benioff at an Oracle conference again.
Will Google+ be the hub of your online world?
Will Google+ be the glue that ties all your online interaction together? That seems to be the plan. And the need for global verification may be the reason behind Google+'s real name requirement. Read more.
Patent troll suing free WiFi providers like coffee shops
Love free WiFi in places like coffee shops? Enjoy it, because if patent troll Innavatio IP Ventures gets its way, every corner coffee shop and Panera Bread will be sued for offering the WiFi you enjoy. And they can sue you, too. Read more.
HTC phone update opens huge Android OS security leak
HTC, makers of many modern Android phones, introduced a giant security hole with a recent update. How big is this hole? Big enough to leak users accounts, email addresses, GPS locations, and system logs.
HTC has acknowledged the flaw and promises a quick fix
Amazon Kindle Fire pre-orders over 2,000+ per hour
With Apple news everywhere today because of the iPhone 4S release, it's hard to remember other new products. But it's hard to ignore a leaked screenshot of Amazon's order system showing Kindle Fire orders coming in at over 2,000 per hour.