Monday, October 24, 2011

Short takes: Apple posts 'A celebration of Steve's life'; Jody Jones named SVP, Digital for Time's Lifestyle Group

Apple has posted the video from the October 19 event the company held in honor of its late CEO, Steve Jobs. The event, A celebration of Steve's life, was a company wide memorial that not only took place at Apple's campus in Cupertino, but also in all Apple retail stores.

Jony Ive speaking at Apple's memorial for Steve Jobs.

The memorial was led by the company's new CEO Tim Cook and included live memorials from former Apple VP of Marketing Bill Campbell, current Apple board member Al Gore, and Apple's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Jony Ive.

Ive spoke eloquently, starting his speech by remember Job's love of ideas.
You know Steve used to say to me, and he used to say this a lot, "hey Jony, here's a dopey idea." And sometimes they were…really dopey. Sometimes they were truly dreadful. But sometimes they took the air from the room and they left us both completely silent. Bold, crazy, magnificent ideas. Or quiet, simple one which in their subtlety, their detail they were utterly profound." – Jony Ive
Steve Jobs always loved music, and so the company made sure that in the hour long ceremony there would be plenty of live music. Both Norah Jones and the band Coldplay performed live.

Time Inc. has announced today that Jody Jones has been named SVP, Digital for Lifestyle Group. Jones was most recently SVP, Digital Programming & Content Integration at Discovery Communications and previously held positions at Scripps Network Interactive, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and AOL.

Jones will report to Evelyn Webster, Executive Vice President, Time Inc. Lifestyle Group.

Blaming bans in banking services from Bank of America, Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Western Union, WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange said today that the whistleblowing website will no longer continue its publishing operations.

"The US government itself found that there were no lawful grounds to add WikiLeaks to a US financial blockade. But the blockade of WikiLeaks by politicised US finance companies continues regardless," Assange said in a statement.

According to The Guardian post on the announcement, WikiLeaks was raising €100,000 a month last year, but now, after financial institutions have stopped processing donations to WikiLeaks, the money the organization has been able to raise has dropped to a trickle.