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Steve Jobs may have just posthumously won a Grammy, but in 1976, he was just another joker. Siri, however, isn't in much of a joking mood, while QuicKeys could sure use a laugh (and a new life). Knock, knock. Who’s there? The remainders for December 22, 2011, that’s who.

The Recording Academy Announces Special Merit Award Honorees (

Steve Jobs has been honored with many awards, but on Wednesday the former Apple CEO picked up a new one: a Trustees Award from the Recording Academy, during its annual Grammy Special Merit Awards. Here’s hoping it doesn’t inspire Apple to pull a Tupac. (I can hear the Siri/Steve duet already.)

When Steve Jobs Was a`Joker’: Echoes (Bloomberg)

The Recording Academy may very well have thought highly of Steve Jobs, but in 1976, he was still just a “joker” to advertising pro Mike Rose. After Jobs and Wozniak approached Rose to create the manual for their soon-to-be-produced Apple I, Rose wrote a wary letter to his business partner, reproduced this week in Bloomberg, proclaiming the whole garage-based enterprise “flakey.” (Though, to his credit, there are certainly a couple of garage-based enterprises that could be described in that fashion.)

QuicKeys 4 Lion News (Startly)

Startly, the company behind QuicKeys, is actively seeking a new programmer to help upgrade its computer automation software to Lion after their previous employee died on the job. Moreover, they’re offering a $1000 award to the person who finds them a new, competent—and preferably live—programmer. Now, I’m sure the code isn’t haunted, but just in case: If you’re the lucky person who lands the job, you might want to bring some salt.

Siri: The Movie (Trailer) (Rooster Teeth)

Speaking of haunted things: It seems that Siri, everyone’s friendly iPhone 4S voice assistant, isn’t exactly so friendly—especially not to the stars of Siri: The Movie. Watch the device direct them into fences! Stab them with virtual knives! Beep at them in the shower! And as anyone who’s ever left a repeating alarm on by accident before entering the bathroom knows, it’s all fun and games until someone gets electrocuted.

Apple’s ‘Complete My Album’ Feature Drops 180-Day Deadline for Upgrading (MacRumors)

After rolling out Complete My Season, Apple’s gone back and made a few changes to Complete My Album: namely, the removal of the 180-day window in which you had to buy the full album. Now, when you buy a single song from a disc, you can pick up the rest of the album at any point. Now to keep the thirteen year olds from placing sleeper agents (in the form of Bieber tracks) in our library.

Product News:

Doom 3 - Aspyr on Thursday released its classic game in the Mac App Store and elsewhere. Doom 3 originally launched on the Mac back in 2005; the newly released version supports Mac OS X 10.6 or later (so apparently the game wasn’t Doomed). $10.

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