Friday, June 3, 2011

Morning Brief: Dr. Death dead at 83; Apple ponies up some cash to ease iCloud's introduction

The man known as Dr. Death, Jack Kevorkian, has died at the age of 83 after suffering from kidney and heart problems.

As a former Detroiter, Kevorkian was often in the news as he was from Pontiac, Michigan. Kevorkian was a trained pathologist, and was a right-to-die activist who was also a hog for publicity, advertising in Detroit newspapers his services in "death counseling."

His first assisted suicide occurred in 1990, an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s disease. Kevorkian was charged with murder but those charges were later dropped. The incident, however, lead to his license to practice medicine being revoked. Eventually the authorities got some charges to stick and he served eight years for second-degree murder. He was released in 2007 on condition that he would no longer offer assisted suicide services.

The New York Post is reporting that Apple will pay four major music labels between $100 and $150 million in advance payments to grease the wheels for their new iCloud music storage service. And why not, with $40 billion in cash reserves this amount is little more than chump change.

Rumors have floated about Apple charging a $25 a year fee for the service, but these types of rumors are often wrong as witnessed by rumors that Apple's iPad would be introduced at $1000 or more.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is expected to introduce iCloud, along with Lion and iOS5 in his keynote address that kicks off its Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday in San Francisco at 10 AM PDT.

The media, which is a self-absorbed industry at most times, really became unglued with the news that Jill Abramson would become next excutive editor of The New York Times, apparently the media discovered her gender.

Jill Abramson is 57 years old, has been managing editor of the NYT since 2003, and has worked as a reporter for The American Lawyer, editor of Legal Times, senior reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and was made the NYT's Washington bureau chief in 1997. She has also been the heir apparent to Bill Keller for quite some time.

But, of course, the big news is that she is a woman. (I would have thought her marriage to "Henry" and her two children would have given them a clue about all this.)

Jay Rosen tweeted a link to this story by Tom McGeveran, to be fair, that actually talks about Abramson in a meaningful way. It's worth a read.