Steve Jobs’s biography is coming, and it’s got way fewer moving pieces than an old MacBook prototype. Plus, the company behind the mysterious TabCo viral campaign is unmasked, and it’s the most disappointing reveal since The Phantom Menace. The remainders for Monday, August 15, 2011 are going to cry like it’s 1999.
New Jobs Bio Cover Is All Apple With Pub Date of November (All Things D)
Walter Isaacson’s 448-page biography of Steve Jobs, mysteriously titled Steve Jobs, will be available on November 21. The book, which we’ve mentioned before, is based on more than 40 interviews with the Apple head honcho in which no topic was off limits. The book’s cover features a picture of a younger, hirsute Jobs, and will reportedly be available in a limited “aluminum unibody” edition.
Photos of a Prototype MacBook Pro with Integrated 3G Cellular Modem (MacRumors)
How come there’s never been a Mac with built-in 3G? Well, if this 2007 prototype—which recently surfaced on eBay—is any indication, it was probably because of its garish sliding antenna. Of course, the auction has now vanished into the ether—let the rumormongering commence! MacBooks with integrated 3G antennas are coming! Only, uh, four years later.
Fusion Garage Unveils Android-Compatible Grid10 Tablet (PCWorld)
After months of speculation, the folks behind the mysterious TabCo viral tablet campaign have been revealed to be none other than…Fusion Garage, makers of the late, not-so-lamented JooJoo. Given the company’s spotty track record, CEO Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan said that without the viral campaign, he didn’t think the new product would be given a fair shake. Well, I’ve got good news and bad news for you. Strike that—there’s no good news.
$2.5 billion Google-Motorola break-up fee reflects sellers’ concern and buyer’s desperation (FOSS Patents)
By now, we’ve all heard that Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion—but, as it turns out, if the deal doesn’t pass muster, the Motorola spinoff still walks away with a pretty sweet $2.5 billion. Hey, I fail to get acquired by Google every day; where’s my cut?