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Steve Jobs: 'I Hereby Resign As CEO Of Apple' (eBookNewser)
News broke Wednesday night that Steve Jobs has submitted his resignation as CEO of Apple, one of the biggest companies in the world. WSJ: Jobs, the ailing tech visionary who founded Apple, said he was unable to continue as CEO of the technology giant and handed the reins to chief operating officer Tim Cook. NYT: Jobs, 56, has been on medical leave since January, his third such absence. He underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, and received a liver transplant in 2009. But as recently as a few weeks ago, Jobs was negotiating business issues with another Silicon Valley executive. Bloomberg: The day of the announcement, Jobs was in Apple's Cupertino, Calif., office for the entire work day, and he attended a regularly scheduled board meeting, according to a person close to Jobs, who was not authorized to speak about the executive's health. While Jobs has been housebound for the past few weeks and his condition is weak, the resignation was not indicative of a sudden worsening, this person said. TechCrunch: We all know the broad strokes: A boy is born to a graduate student and her Syrian boyfriend. She places the boy up for adoption. He comes to live with Paul and Clara. Paul is a machinist who moved to San Francisco after World War II. He grows up in Santa Clara county. It's flat, lots of one-story buildings, mostly middle/upper middle class, outside of the bad parts. Parts of it are pretty, parts aren't. He wasn't coddled. His biological mother makes his adoptive parents promise to send him to college. In fourth grade, he has a great teacher and, presumably, another and another. His parents scrape to send him to Reed. He drops out of college and starts dropping in on classes that interest him. He makes money returning bottles, and he hits the Hare Krishna temple now and then for a free meal. He takes calligraphy, eschews the typical coursework, and at age 20, he and a buddy start a company. AllThingsD: Jobs' resignation is the end of an extraordinary era not just for Apple, but for the global technology industry in general. Jobs is a historic business figure whose impact was deeply felt far beyond the company's Cupertino headquarters, and who was widely emulated at other companies. Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider: During Jobs' run as head of Apple, the creations of his company impacted a huge number of industries. Perhaps the most, however, was the media world. Forbes: Jobs always controlled the media, even back in the early 1980s. When I was a senior editor at Newsweek, he commanded our attention twice. For me, each time was memorable. GigaOM: Jobs (and by extension, Apple) has taught me (and I am sure others) a big lesson: If you want to change something, you have to be patient and take the long view. If Apple's and Steve's incredible comeback teaches us something, it's that when you are right and the world doesn't see it that way, you just have to be patient and wait for the world to change its mind. AdAge / Digital: By my count, Jobs changed the world five times. Five. TVNewser: Jobs' resignation sent cable news -- particularly the business channels -- into overdrive. CNET / InSecurity Complex: While many consumers were imagining an Apple without Jobs, industry leaders were publicly recognizing him for changing the face of personal computing and inspiring next-level gadget design. CNET / Apple Talk: Culturally, one of the other big what-ifs is whether Jobs' stepping down sets off the departures of other key executives. AllThingsD: The fact is that Apple does have a plan, and chose, I think wisely, to keep most of the details related to it confidential. On the very last page of Apple's corporate governance guidelines, you find that the company designates its compensation committee, a subset of its board of directors, as the body responsible for succession planning. Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider: But two or three years down the road? If Jobs does not come back, here's what Apple will lose. Slate: There are few sure things in tech, but this is something you can take to the bank: Apple isn't going to die now that Jobs has resigned as CEO. It's not even going to stumble. CNET: Cook, the man named to replace Jobs, already has extensive experience running the company. paidContent: In these past eight months, Cook has overseen record-breaking earnings and two milestone product launches. For those reasons alone, the board, investors, and Apple fans would have welcomed Jobs' choice as successor. But his wider role at the company for the past 14 years is what seals the deal on his suitability for the role. AllThingsD: Cook may not be the product visionary that Jobs is, and he may not be the showman, but he's clearly got the skills to lead the company. He's been running Apple's day-to-day operations in Jobs' absence since January, and did so twice before during Jobs' earlier leaves. He's also the guy who completely restructured Apple's manufacturing operations and recalibrated its supply chain to lock up component resources in an increasingly competitive market. Gawker: Cook has graduated from a high-profile tech executive serving as caretaker of the world's biggest tech company to the head of what, on some days, is now the biggest company in the world, period. He's also gone from being the most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley to the most powerful gay man in the world, bar none. paidContent: The rest of Apple's key leaders reported directly to Jobs and any changes in their duties as a result of the succession plan could have far-reaching effects. Key members include: Jony Ive (considered the keeper of Jobs' design philosophies, Ive could become the decider when it comes to refining the final pieces of new Apple products, a role exclusively reserved for Jobs until now), Scott Forstall (Forstall is in charge of iOS, the key to Apple's future and the software that is responsible for the strong financial position in which the company finds itself after Jobs' departure), Bob Mansfield (hardware engineering for the Mac is Mansfield's specialty, but he has also been involved in the production of the iPad, as well as the team making chips for Apple's devices), and Phil Schiller (Apple's marketing head is best-known for playing the foil during Jobs' presentations over the years, but he has also led some of the company's trademark keynote presentations himself). Mashable: These 10 peeks at Jobs' formidable presence will remind you of why his resignation is such a momentous event. WSJ / Digits: A compendium of some of the best Jobs quotes. Wired / Epicenter: Here's a selection of some of the most entertaining things the man has said, organized by topic: innovation and design, fixing Apple, his greatest sales pitches, life's lessons, taking the fight to the enemy, and Pixar. AdAge: AdAge and Creativity look at some of the ads that will mark his career highlights reel. NYT: The 313 Apple patents that list Steven P. Jobs among the group of inventors offer a glimpse at his legendary say over the minute details of the company's products -- from its iconic computer cases to the glass staircases that are featured in many Apple stores. NY Post: Jobs just delivered bad news to Apple fans -- and a gift to Simon & Schuster. The New York publishing house appears poised to reap a financial bonanza as it readies for the Nov. 21 publication of an authorized biography of the iconic tech genius. SocialTimes: Jobs has defined what we know today as mobile technology. Mobile technology means to me any technology that one carries around, which by my definition includes media players, smartphones, tablets, and ultra-mobile computers. The standard of each one of those four product categories is an Apple product created to fulfill Jobs' vision.
Journalists Trapped In Tripoli's Rixos Hotel Are Freed (Yahoo! News / The Cutline)
Dozens of journalists who were trapped inside the Rixos Al Nasr Hotel in Tripoli for five days have been allowed to leave. HuffPost: For the past six days, CNN's Matthew Chance feared that he and roughly 35 journalists trapped by Gadhafi loyalists in Tripoli's Rixos hotel might be somehow used as part of the crumbling regime's end game -- or even executed.
Earthquake Exposes East Coast-West Coast Media Feud (Yahoo! News / The Cutline)
Despite a chaotic, fluid uprising in Libya, all three network newscasts led their broadcasts Tuesday with earthquake coverage. But the 5.9 magnitude quake that struck 90 miles outside of Washington, D.C., did more than expose the news media's collectively short attention span: It exposed the snarky rivalry that exists between East Coast and West Coast media.
ABC News Plans Special Coverage For Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks (TVNewser)
On the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, Diane Sawyer -- who anchored Good Morning America on 9/11/01 -- and George Stephanopoulos will anchor a special three-hour broadcast of GMA beginning at 8 a.m. ET. The pair will be joined by Robin Roberts from Ground Zero, as well as David Muir and Christiane Amanpour. Katie Couric -- who anchored 9/11 coverage for NBC's Today 10 years ago -- will also contribute to the special report. Couric was with CBS News on the fifth anniversary of the attacks. Washington Post / @innovations: The Washington Post splash page that contains recent and archival 9/11 stories and multimedia was first sketched on an iPad using the Penultimate app.
Jim Romenesko Plans 'Semi-Retirement' With Launch Of Personal Site (HuffPost)
When Jim Romenesko attended an annual Poynter Institute board meeting in 2002, a few years after bringing his pioneering brand of media blogging and aggregation to the journalism school's site, some of the country's top editors complained that he was publishing internal memos and alt-weekly stories detailing their newsroom spats. But in the years that followed, Romenesko says, "It got to the point where editors sent me their own memos and admitted they were crafting their memos for publication on Romenesko." That's just one of the ways that the media -- and the coverage of the media -- has changed since Romenesko first started waking up at 5 a.m. in the late 1990s to chronicle the industry's ups and downs. Now, after 12 years running a virtual newsroom water cooler for the Poynter Institute, Romenesko is ready for a change. Yahoo! News / The Cutline: Romenesko, the go-to source of aggregated media news for more than a decade, has announced what amounts to a "semi-retirement." Poynter / Romenesko: Starting Jan. 2, Jim will become a part-time Poynter employee. He'll post "casually" to his namesake blog on Poynter.org. We expect that'll mean a few items a day; but however few or many he posts on media and technology, you can find them in the usual place, on this blog. NYT: He's going back to what he got into journalism to do in the first place: reporting. He said his new site, JimRomenesko.com, would still cover media, but would also touch on other topics he's interested in, like food, finance, and real estate. Poynter: After Romenesko announced that he'd be "semi-retiring" in 2012 to become a part-time Poynter employee and hobbyist blogger, it seems only appropriate to chronicle the reaction in a Storify. Shock, sadness, aggregation, instant analysis -- we have it all.
Is Jon Miller Up To Something Big At News Corp.? Or Nothing At All? (Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider)
Former AOL CEO Jon Miller joined News Corp. as its "King of Digital" back in March 2009. In the beginning, he talked a lot about turning around Myspace. Eventually, he backed off that as it became clear that no such thing would ever happen. News Corp. finally sold Myspace this summer. Earlier this year, Miller led News Corp.'s launch of The Daily, its iPad-only newspaper. But lately he hasn't been around much.
Slate, the online newsmagazine owned by The Washington Post Co., has laid off four employees, including editor-at-large Jack Shafer. Adweek: Shafer: "The best guys to ask that question would be [chairman] Jake [Weisberg] and [editor] David [Plotz]. Since I've not been a manager, which is practically a decade now, I've not been privy to the real hardcore financials. I'm not the only one who has been let go by Slate. Slate has expanded ambitiously, and right now it's responding to the industrywide recession in a sensible fashion by cutting some costs -- and I'm one of those costs."
CBS Web Writer-Producers Get First Guild Contract (LA Times / Company Town)
The Writers Guild of America, West has signed its first contract covering news writing and promotions for the Internet.
New Director, Upgrades To Times Square Studio For Good Morning America (TVNewser)
Some changes are coming to Good Morning America. The show's director, John D'Incecco, has left, and he began his new job Wednesday directing ABC daytime talker The Chew, which premieres next month. B&C: ABC has added two correspondents to upcoming lifestyle series The Chew, with chef Danny Boome and craft and design expert Evette Rios joining the show.
David Muir's ratings are going up at ABC News. Since Muir took over the weekend edition of ABC World News in February, the program has grown its total audience by 9 percent and its audience in the advertiser-friendly 25-54 demographic by 3 percent.
Why Hyperlocal News Is Better Than Ever (Street Fight)
Hyperlocal news is on the threshold of a period of impressive achievement.
New WikiLeaks: China Scolds The U.S., Buys Russian Arms, Disses Guns N' Roses (Business Insider)
Of the more than 5,500 State Department cables released by WikiLeaks in late August, most blandly refer to climate, diplomacy, censorship, and the economy -- but not all.
Just about every week, a new set of statistics comes out with Facebook topping some form of popularity chart. But even arch-rival Google's own data says this, tallying 870 million unique visitors and 1 trillion page views in June. ReadWriteWeb: Facebook is the most-visited website on the Internet, according to data compiled by ad network DoubleClick, a subsidiary of Google.
Glenn Beck Boasts 'Courage' At Israel Rally Ahead Of Upcoming Web TV Premiere (Yahoo! News / The Cutline)
One year after hosting a mega-rally in Washington, D.C., conservative pundit Glenn Beck gathered supporters near a holy site in Israel Wednesday. NYT / Media Decoder: Sounding more preacher than commentator, Beck held a rally Wednesday by a hotly contested holy site and proclaimed the beginning of a global movement to support Israel, putting its Muslim opponents on notice. Mediaite: He then surprisingly announced that his time abroad was not over, as he would spend the rest of the week traveling to two more continents before returning to his new headquarters in Texas.
Evidence Of Next Kindles Being Named After Elements Like Earth, Water, Air (Fusible)
In early August, I wrote about Amazon acquiring the domain name KindleAir.com for possible use with its next generation of Kindle devices. After a little domain sleuthing, the pieces of the puzzle appear to be falling into place, and it looks like Amazon will be using elements like Earth, Water, Air, and more to name its next line of Kindles.