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Post-Jobs Apple lacks “bad design” firewall claims ex-Apple TV guy

Post-Jobs Apple lacks “bad design” firewall claims ex-Apple TV guy

Controversy over the third-gen Apple TV today, as a former Apple designer responsible for the last-gen set-top box's interface criticized the new UI as old ideas recycled now Steve Jobs is no longer around to veto them. Michael Margolis took to Twitter to comment on the recently announced 1080p Apple TV, suggesting that "those new designs were tossed out 5 years ago because SJ [Steve Jobs]didn't like them" and that "now there is nobody to say "no" to bad design."

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Linux creator Linus Torvalds declined job offer from Steve Jobs

Linux creator Linus Torvalds declined job offer from Steve Jobs

In an alternate reality somewhere, Linus Torvalds could have been working for Apple. Wired recently sat down for an interview with the creator of Linux, who revealed an interesting tidbit. Back in 2000, Steve Jobs contacted Torvalds with a job offer. He asked that Torvalds work on Unix for Mac OS full time, although he would have had to drop all work on Linux.

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Apple’s Jony Ive blasts misguided design rivals

Apple’s Jony Ive blasts misguided design rivals

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive has criticized rivals for being unduly obsessed with wanting "to appear new" and allowing that to distract them from the "remarkable focus" the Cupertino company brings to its aesthetic. Ive, who was recently knighted and is Apple's senior vice-president of industrial design, told the Evening Standard that part of the company's ethos is being blunt about whether it can bring any significant value to a segment, rather than simply jumping in regardless: "If we can’t make something that is better," Ive says, "we won’t do it."

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Les Moonves says Steve Jobs approached CBS for Apple TV

Les Moonves says Steve Jobs approached CBS for Apple TV

There's been speculation for a while now that Apple is looking at providing a TV show service to Apple TV users. According to Les Moonves, the CEO of television network CBS, Steve Jobs approached him last year to provide content for a new Apple television service. However, Moonves said at the UCLA Entertainment Symposium held over the weekend that he declined to participate in the Apple TV product.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 13, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 13, 2012

This weekend seems to have been all about one video, the one that you really need to watch if you've not seen it already: the one with the guy shooting a laptop full of exploding-tipped bullets with his pistol. Next there's been another form of aggression in the digital streets, that being Paul McCartney's pulling of every one of his tracks from streaming services across the earth. See Don Reisinger display his true addiction to the world of DVR, see the all-powerful Nokia N9 with Ice Cream Sandwich, and check out the posthumous Grammy given to none other than Steve Jobs - accepted by Apple's software exec.

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Apple software exec accepts Grammy on Steve Jobs’ behalf

Apple software exec accepts Grammy on Steve Jobs’ behalf

Yesterday, ahead of tonight's much more celebrated Grammy Awards telecast, the Record Academy held its ceremony for the annual Special Merit Awards. Perhaps the most noteworthy award was the one honoring the late Steve Jobs. Jobs was announced as a posthumous receipient of the award last year, celebrating his extraordinary achievements in the advancement of digital music distribution.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 9, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 9, 2012

Happy Thursday everyone. We've been tracking a lot of news today. It's almost like we're as busy as Barack Obama on his re-election campaign schedule. Hey, have you ever wondered what a president listens to while he's hopping from campaign stop to campaign stop? In case you have, Obama has posted his "campaign playlist" on Spotify. We have to wonder if revealing his taste in music will earn him more votes or cost him.

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Steve Jobs FBI file pulled with Freedom of Information Act

Steve Jobs FBI file pulled with Freedom of Information Act

There's quite a bit of hubub about the Steve Jobs FBI file that's been put up for download by any man, woman, or child who would dare read it today, but not a whole lot of people speaking about how it came to us all now, of all times. What's going on here is that the FBI was vetting Jobs for a tech job with the President - a Bush at the time. The result of this interview process was a set of papers with interviews of colleagues of Jobs speaking highly and in some cases not so highly of his character - this packet of papers is now available for download thanks to the Freedom of Information Act and a fellow by the name of Michael Morisy.

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Steve Jobs’ FBI file: “Deceptive” and “driven”

Steve Jobs’ FBI file: “Deceptive” and “driven”

The FBI has released its file on Apple founder Steve Jobs, a 1991 investigation into the CEO that characterizes the iconic exec as both "a deceptive individual" and one of "high moral character and integrity." The contrary report documents feedback from colleagues, employers and others and was constructed by the FBI when Jobs was being considered for political office in the President's Export Council under the original Bush administration. Although many spoke positively of Jobs, others were less convinced, with suggestions that he "has integrity as long as he gets his way."

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Apple’s Tim Cook talks charitable contributions at internal meeting

Apple’s Tim Cook talks charitable contributions at internal meeting

It's clear that Apple CEO Tim Cook, who replaced the late Steve Jobs, is a different kind of leader than Jobs was. While Jobs was not known for philanthropic efforts during his life and his time with Apple, Cook is focusing heavily on talking up Apple's charitable contributions. In fact, Cook recently told employees at a Apple Town Hall meeting that the company is donating to charity in a big way.

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