Steve Jobs, 1955-2011This week, the biggest news was the passing of Steve Jobs. The founder of Apple was just 56, but in his career he cast an incredibly long shadow over the tech industry, and in so doing created one of the world’s great companies.

It seemed as if Silicon Valley, and much of the rest of the tech world, stopped for day to pause and reflect on the complicated but undeniably huge legacy of Jobs.

The week’s most popular stories

iPhone 5, or iPhone 4S? Here’s what we expect to see tomorrow
The day before Apple’s iPhone event on Tuesday October 4, speculation was running high. VentureBeat staffers Devindra Hardawar, Dean Takahashi, Matthew Lynley, Heather Kelly and myself offered our predictions for what Apple would unveil. Who got it right?

Amazon has Palm in its shopping cart. Will it click buy?
Devindra Hardawar scored a big scoop late last week with the report that Amazon has been in talks with HP to purchase its Palm and webOS division. Naturally, many people were interested in this news.

Live at Apple’s iPhone 5/iPhone 4S event
Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S on October 4, but didn’t reveal the iPhone 5 that many observers expected. Dean Takahashi live coverage of the event was a popular story this week, as many readers tuned in to find out what was happening, minute-by-minute.

Can the Kindle Fire disrupt the tablet market? Not so fast
The Kindle Fire may be half the price of the iPad, but economic analysis suggests it might not be as easy to displace the market leader as many have assumed. Mu post about Amazon’s competitiveness versus Apple was one of the week’s most controversial stories, with over 30 commenters weighing in.

iOS 5 available to all iPhone owners Oct. 12
In addition to the iPhone 4S, Apple also announced the ship date for the next iOS operating system. Meghan Kelly covered the news.

Editor’s picks

Screenshot from Assassin's Creed RevelationsAs always, you can see our editors’ picks for some of the most interesting stories VentureBeat has published. Here are some of this week’s highlights.

Our picks for the best video games of the fall season
Dean Takahashi and Matthew Lynley give brief overviews of the 10 video games you won’t want to miss this fall.

Once Facebook launches Timeline, you’ll never want to leave
Jolie O’Dell talked to the developer in charge of Facebook’s new Timeline feature, and came away with a detailed picture of how it works — as well as a deep appreciation for what a powerful emotional experience Facebook’s new technology is.

Face it: Steve Ballmer is doing a great job
People like to tear down Steve Ballmer, but if you look at the numbers, Microsoft’s performance since Ballmer became CEO is actually quite impressive. This guest post by frequent contributor Peter Yared challenges the received wisdom about Bill Gates’s successor.

Can a single game reach a billion players?
An increasing number of people are starting to wonder if it’s possible to make a game that reaches a billion people. After all, Zynga is already reaching hundreds of millions, so it’s not inconceivable. Dean Takahashi reports on the latest thinking.

Why more women aren’t working in tech (hint: it’s not just education)
Another controversial article, this piece by Jolie O’Dell looks at recent research about why the tech field continues to be dominated by white men.