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Top Stories: November 14-18, 2011

America's tech schizophrenia, why Apple fans don't like Android, and the terrifying importance of embedded systems.

Here’s a look at the top stories published across O’Reilly sites this week.

Steve Jobs, the Unabomber, and America’s love/hate relationship with technology
Steve Jobs and Ted Kaczynski represent the extreme poles of a deep-seated ambivalence in our attitudes toward technology. It’s an ambivalence that’s been a part of American history, and part of the American psyche, since the beginning.

Understanding Apple fans
AT&T and other carriers are not helping Android, or themselves, by turning a great product into a second-rate one. And maybe I’m getting soft in my old age, but I now understand what Apple fans hate about Android.

Embedded systems are “terrifyingly important”
Author and embedded systems engineer Elecia White discusses the state of embedded systems and what lies ahead (hint: distributed intelligence and microdots).

HTML5 for publishers: Drawing on the screen
This excerpt from “HTML5 for Publishers” shows how a simple finger-painting canvas can be added to an HTML5-based children’s book

Why we needed EPUB 3
EPUB3 is more than just bug fixes and tweaks from the last version. It represents a major change in what an ebook can be.


Tools of Change for Publishing, being held February 13-15 in New York, is where the publishing and tech industries converge. Register to attend TOC 2012.

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