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Welcome to the 22nd episode of “The Mediatwits,” the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and entrepreneur Rafat Ali. This week is a special edition dedicated to Steve Jobs, the technology visionary who died on Wednesday. The news spread quickly online and on social media, with so many heartfelt memories, stories and old videos. And of course, in death as in life, Jobs remained a polarizing figure, with so many admirers and so many haters. No one can deny he helped usher in the personal computing revolution, while later disrupting the music and telecom businesses and creating a whole new market for tablets.

The special guests this week are two Steve Jobs biographers: Alan Deutschman, who wrote “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs” in 2001; and Leander Kahney, who wrote “Inside Steve’s Brain” in 2008. They’re both eagerly anticipating the new biography of Jobs by Walter Isaacson. The discussion also touched on the recent iPhone 4S announcement from Apple, and the tough shoes Tim Cook has to fill as Apple’s CEO. Plus, how does the new Kindle Fire stack up to the iPad? Amazon fanboy Rafat Ali already has his on order.

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Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

Here are some highlighted topics from the show:

Intro

2:00: Jobs’ official biography shoots to #1 on Amazon

3:40: Outpouring of support for Jobs, even from competitors

5:00: Rundown of topics on our show: Steve Jobs, iPhone 4S, Kindle Fire

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Alan Deutschman

Remembering Steve Jobs

7:30: Special guests Alan Deutschman and Leander Kahney

8:20: Deutschman: Obituaries in the works for the past 8 years, but still a shock

11:10: Deutschman has e-book coming, “How Steve Jobs Changed Our World”

12:50: Kahney: Apple ecosystem works well because it’s locked down

16:10: Deutschman: Jobs did subject people to verbal abuse in pursuit of perfection

Tim Cook and the iPhone 4S

18:00: Where does this leave Tim Cook as the new CEO?

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Leander Kahney

19:30: Kahney: Jobs was actually against the App Store at first

23:10: Deutschman: Jobs was white knight for book publishers vs. Amazon

26:00: Kahney: Jobs was the primary fanboy for Apple

Amazon Fire selling like hotcakes

28:10: Kindle Fire outdoing the iPad in its early days?

30:10: Kindle has closed environment, more closed than Apple

32:00: How annoying will Kindle ads get?

More Reading

The day Steve Jobs called Walter Isaacson at Fortune

Celebrating the life of Steve Jobs in photos, videos, quotes and tweets at The Next Web

The Obituary Of Steve Jobs We Couldn’t Ever Bring Ourselves To Write at Cult of Mac

Steve Jobs obituary at CNET

The Steve Jobs I Knew at AllThingsD

My Thoughts on Steve by Jason Calacanis on Google+

Steve Jobs’ Health, Forced Sabbaticals, and His Brilliance at 1×57

Steve Jobs and the continuing disruption of media at GigaOm

Steve Jobs Was Always Kind To Me at The Wirecutter

Steve Jobs Narrating the “Think Different” Ad:

A memorial at the Apple Store in San Francisco. Photo by patr1ck via Instagram.

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Apple’s iPhone 4S is swell, but pricing is the real killer app at ZDNet

More Like a Whisper Than a Bang at Reuters blog

Leaked Sales Numbers Suggest Amazon Kindle Fire On Track To Outsell iPad [Exclusive] at Cult of Android

Analyzing Kindle Fire Sales Estimates at PaidContent

Weekly Poll

Don’t forget to vote in our weekly poll, this time about what you’ll miss most about Steve Jobs):


Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+

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The Mediatwits podcast is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers an intensive, cutting edge, three semester Master of Arts in Journalism; a unique one semester Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism; and the CUNY J-Camp series of Continuing Professional Development workshops focused on emerging trends and skill sets in the industry.

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