Robert F. Kennedy’s optimism lives on at Apple, Tim Cook says

Tim Cook accepted the Ripple of Hope Award in New York last night. During his speech at the the benefit for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the Apple CEO touched on a number of world issues, from protections for the LGBT community, to the Syrian refugee criss. Cook also cited […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Backpack business: How two globetrotting designers do it

The lengthy list of logistics involved in starting any business eventually lands on what to do about equipment and office space. James Turner and Holly Kennedy run their user experience design consultancy out of a single backpack each as they…Read more ›



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Tim Cook: How The Klan, MLK and Bobby Kennedy Shaped Me

The Ku Klux Klan, Martin Luther King and Senator Robert Kennedy shaped a passion for human rights and equality, Apple CEO Tim Cook said. Accepting a lifetime achievement award from Auburn University, his alma mater, Cook told of childhood memories…Read more ›



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Eddy Cue Offers Tidbits On Jobs’ Involvement with iBooks [iOS Blog]

In Apple’s ongoing antitrust case with the Department of Justice, Apple’s SVP of internet software and services Eddy Cue once again took the stand today, where he revealed several small tidbits about Steve Jobs and the launch of iBooks.

According to AllThingsD, Cue told the court that Jobs was highly involved in the creation of Apple’s iBookstore, coming up with several of the features found in the app.

– The „page curls“ in the iBook app, which show up when you flip an iBook’s page? That’s Steve Jobs’s idea.

– It was Jobs’s idea to pick „“Winnie-the-Pooh“ as the freebie book that came with every iBook app. Not just because Jobs liked the book, Cue said, but because it showed off iBook’s capabilities: “It had beautiful color drawings, that had never been seen before in a digital book.“

– Jobs was also specific about the book he used to show off the iBook during his initial iPad demo in January 2010. He picked Ted Kennedy’s „True Compass“ memoir, because the Kennedy family „meant a lot to him,“ Cue said.

Over the course of the trial, the Department of Justice has argued that Apple colluded with book publishers to drive up the cost of e-books while Apple maintains its innocence. The DOJ has seen several weak links in its case over the course of the last week, after Apple refuted a partially composed email and a DOJ-called Google exec offered questionable testimony. Closing arguments for the trial are set for Thursday.


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Tim Cook Offering Coffee Meeting at Apple HQ in Charity Auction

Charity auction site CharityBuzz is hosting a listing to have coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters (via The Next Web).

The proceeds from the auction will benefit the RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights, a fitting charity as Cook said at the D10 conference that Bobby Kennedy was one of his heroes. The high bid on the listing, which closes on May 14th, is currently at $5,250, with an estimated value of $50,000.

Legendary investor Warren Buffett routinely auctions lunch with himself for charity. Last year’s auction sold for nearly $3.5 million. The winner won lunch for eight with Buffett at Smith & Wollensky in New York.

The auction covers two attendees for a 30-60 minute meeting at a mutually agreed upon date.

Update: The RFK Center has issued a press release announcing the group of roughly 100 celebrity auctions, specifically drawing attention to the coffee meeting with Cook.

In an unprecedented donation, Apple CEO Tim Cook is offering the opportunity for a winning bidder and guest to join him for coffee at the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, CA. The experience, valued at $50,000, marks the first time one-on-one access to Cook has been offered on the auction block.


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