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Steve, Myself And i: The Big Story Of A Little Prefix

The "i" prefix began as an abbreviation for the word "Internet," but ended up being much more than that. "By the time i- was fleshed out, Apple had transformed itself from a culty computer-maker to a major religion," says linguist Geoff Nunberg.
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Jobs' Biography: Thoughts On Life, Death And Apple

After Steve Jobs was diagnosed with cancer, he asked Walter Isaacson to write his biography. The new book tells the personal story of the man behind the personal computer — from his childhood in California to his thoughts on family, friends, death and religion.
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'El Narco': The Trade Driving Mexico's Drug War

In his new book, British journalist Ioan Grillo takes a close look at the Mexican drug war, starting with el narco, or the network of drug smugglers who cast a murderous shadow over Mexico.
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New Bio Quotes Jobs On God, Gates And Great Design

Biographer Walter Isaacson draws on more than 40 interviews with the late Apple co-founder in his new book, Steve Jobs. Isaacson describes how Jobs grappled with being adopted, how he became a notoriously demanding boss, and how he fought the cancer that eventually killed him.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 25

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The art of Agnes Bolt and the sounds of Future Islands.

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'Deadly Monopolies'? Patenting The Human Body

In a new book, medical ethicist Harriet Washington details how genes and tissues are increasingly being patented by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Those firms, she argues, are focused more on their profits than on the medical needs of patients.
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Going Under The 'Boardwalk' With Michael Shannon

The actor plays a righteous federal agent who succumbs to all sorts of temptations on the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire. To build the character of Nelson Van Alden, he says, he worked out an elaborate back story about the agent's childhood.
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Moreno, Leguizamo Talk Latin Life In 'Hollywouldn't'

They rose to fame 40 years apart, but Rita Moreno and John Leguizamo say they both faced some of the same hurdles in a town that sometimes just sees brown — and they both got over them with a signature sense of humor.
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Was It A Cat I Saw? (Nope: It Was A Palindrome)

"Madam, I'm Adam!" is child's play. Master palindromist Barry Duncan creates works of art that are paragraphs long and read the same forward and backward. The secret, he says, is finding the middle, "the letter on which the palindrome is going to pivot and turn."

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