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(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Apple posts video of Jobs memorialSAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Apple is allowing the general public to get a look at a memorial service it held for employees to celebrate the life of co-founder Steve Jobs at its Cupertino headquarters last week. The company posted a link on its website late Sunday to a video of the service, which was held on Wednesday in the center of Apple Inc.'s campus. It runs 81 minutes and is kicked off by CEO Tim Cook, who addresses an overflowing crowd of Apple employees. Apple Inc. has not held any public services for Jobs, who died at age 56 on Oct. 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Scientist: Satellite must have crashed into AsiaBERLIN (AP) _ A defunct German research satellite crashed into the Earth somewhere in Southeast Asia on Sunday, a U.S. scientist said _ but no one is still quite sure where. Most parts of the minivan-sized ROSAT research satellite were expected to burn up as they hit the atmosphere at speeds up to 280 mph (450 kph), but up to 30 fragments weighing a total of 1.87 tons (1.7 metric tons) could have crashed, the German Aerospace Center said.
Science fiction-style sabotage a fear in new hacksSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ When a computer attack hobbled Iran's unfinished nuclear power plant last year, it was assumed to be a military-grade strike, the handiwork of elite hacking professionals with nation-state backing. Yet for all its science fiction sophistication, key elements have now been replicated in laboratory settings by security experts with little time, money or specialized skill. It is an alarming development that shows how technical advances are eroding the barrier that has long prevented computer assaults from leaping from the digital to the physical world.
Con artist who helped Google probe to be sentencedPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A massive federal investigation that resulted in Google Inc. forfeiting $500 million this year to settle criminal claims over its advertising began with the 2008 arrest of a jet-setting career con artist, who took federal agents in Rhode Island into the underground world of peddling pills online. David Whitaker, 36, finalized the decision to help federal agents investigate Google within six weeks of being arrested in California after being expelled from Mexico, where he told authorities he spent his time selling drugs online, according to his plea agreement. He had already served three prison sentences and was staring down a maximum sentence of 65 years in Rhode Island for bilking $8.7 to $22.6 million from small businesses and a credit card company during the mid-2000s, court records show.
Jobs questioned authority all his life, book saysSAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A new biography portrays Steve Jobs as a skeptic all his life _ giving up religion because he was troubled by starving children, calling executives who took over Apple "corrupt" and delaying cancer surgery in favor of cleansings and herbal medicine. "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson, to be published Monday, also says Jobs came up with the company's name while he was on a diet of fruits and vegetables, and as a teenager perfected staring at people without blinking.
EU launches its first satellite navigation systemBRUSSELS (AP) _ A Russian rocket launched the first two satellites of the European Union's Galileo navigation system Friday after years of delay in an ambitious bid to rival the ubiquitous American GPS network. The launch of the Soyuz from French Guiana, on the northern coast of South America, marks the maiden voyage of the Russian rocket outside the former Soviet Union, with European and Russian authorities cheering at liftoff in relief after the launch was pushed back by a day.
Verizon 3Q earnings double on pension effectsNEW YORK (AP) _ Earnings doubled at Verizon Communications Inc. in the latest quarter due to pension accounting effects, but the bottom-line result masked a weak quarter in the local-phone division, which was hammered by a strike and a hurricane. In wireless, Verizon, the largest carrier, kept adding more high-paying subscribers than rival AT&T Inc. But like AT&T, it was hurt by the delayed launch of the new iPhone model, and missed analyst expectations for the number of new subscribers on contract-based plans.
Microsoft's fiscal 1Q earnings hit analyst targetSAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Microsoft's Windows franchise regained some of its vigor during the company's latest quarter, but that might not be enough to overcome the perception that the world's largest software maker is being outmaneuvered by nimble rivals whose fortunes aren't tied to the personal computer. The results released Thursday were highlighted by a 7 percent increase in revenue that exceeded analyst estimates. The gains for the July-September period occurred throughout Microsoft's product lineup, which includes the ubiquitous Windows operating system, widely used programs such as Office, the Xbox 360 video game console and the Bing search engine.
AT&T sees slowing growth in wireless in 3QNEW YORK (AP) _ Running one of the nation's biggest wireless networks has been a reliable way for AT&T to boost revenues, quarter after quarter, as people loaded up on phones, and then traded up to smartphones. But the easy money may already have been made, AT&T's latest results show.
Eyeing Asian market, LinkedIn launches in JapaneseTOKYO (AP) _ LinkedIn Corp. on Thursday launched its online professional networking service in Japanese, the first Asian language platform for the rapidly growing company as it pushes to expand in the region. Mountain View, California-based LinkedIn also established a small Tokyo office, following the opening of its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore in May.
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