Today in Tech: Steve Jobs’ private memorial

October 17, 2011, 7:30 AM UTC

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“I am not sure i agree that iPads are making music more accessible than ever. Before man kind had bongos and flutes and guitars and such, pretty accessible stuff.” — Bjork (Midem Blog)

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*  Steve Jobs was honored at a private memorial at Stanford University’s Memorial Church last night. In attendance: Google chief executive Larry Page, Rupert Murdoch, Al Gore, super angel Ron Conway, as well as Intuit board chairman Bill Campbell. (Silicon Valley Mercury News)

* Is the iPhone 4S converting owners of rival smartphones? An informal survey conducted by Reuters indicates that might be the case. Also: a round-up of memorable quotes from the 4S’s onboard “intelligent assistant” Siri. (Reuters and Fortune)

* How Amazon (AMZN) is convincing readers to ditch book publishers, starting with 122 books coming this fall that bypasses traditional publishing houses altogether. (The New York Times)

* One Click author Richard L. Brandt on the rise of Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos, the e-commerce site’s early days and its increasing use of early data. (The Wall Street Journal.)

* TechCrunch speculates that Facebook ID cards could be in the works. (TechCrunch)

* Time Inc. journalist-turned-Flipboard editorial chief Josh Quittner on how the news curation app is transforming the media landscape. (CNET)

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