Privacy is Dead

Tim Cook Defends Apple’s Security in Wake of iCloud Hacks

"I <3 privacy." (Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier this month, a number of nude photos were leaked stolen from the various celebrities’ iCloud accounts, leaving many questioning whether Apple products are really as secure as they thought. Though he doesn’t explicitly reference the hacking scandal, Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the company’s website on Wednesday to publish an open letter affirming Apple’s commitment to users’ privacy, as well as detailing new security measures. Read More

Twitter Makes It Real

Here’s What Everyone Was Really Talking About During Apple’s Keynote (Hint: It’s Not the New Features)

What's your problem, hater? (Photo via Getty)

By the end of today’s Apple Keynote, there were already a few hundred articles microscopically telling us which features are meaningless, why or why not the Apple Watch will transform humanity forever and when you can start handing over your sweet money. The announcement was also marred by ironic technical difficulties more worthy of a Motorola Read More

Apple

The iPhone 6′s New Features, Ranked from Most to Least Exciting

Behold, the iPhone 6!

In case you haven’t ventured within a 50-foot radius of Twitter today, Apple debuted its highly-anticipated new iPhone 6 this afternoon. Because it’s hard to keep track of all those new features — NFC chip! f2.2 aperture! A8 processor! — and also because everything’s way more fun when it’s in list form, Betabeat has pooled its efforts to create a definitive list of the iPhone 6′s new features, ranked from most to least exciting. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: The Syrian Electronic Army Rings In the New Year By Hacking Skype

Wealthy man, Mr. Cook (Photo: News.au)

The Syrian Electronic Army didn’t take the day off yesterday. The hacker collective took over Skype’s website and Twitter accounts warning people that they’re being spied on. [Daily Dot]

AllThingsD is dead, ReCode is alive. [New York Times]

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s salary last year is more than you can ever imagine despite taking a ten percent pay cut. [BGR]

Winamp isn’t dead after all. Aol is reportedly selling it and Shoutcast to Radionomy, a Belgium-based aggregator of radio stations. [TechCrunch]

The alleged hackers behind the Snapchat’s massive leak of usernames and phone names explain that they did it to “put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exploit fixed.” The app still hasn’t publicly commented on the flaw. [The Verge]

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Booting Up: There Are Supposedly Now Four Google Barges Ready to Invade America

Google barge. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple CEO Tim Cook threw his support behind the Employment Nondiscrimination Act in an op-ed. “At Apple, we try to make sure people understand that they don’t have to check their identity at the door,” he wrote. [Verge]

There’s supposedly four mysterious Google barges (not three) with the latest rumor being that it’s to showcase Google X projects beyond Glass. Self-driving cars showroom, anyone? [Glass Almanac]

It’s going to take a lot more than redesigning flagship Yahoo products to save the company, employees grumble. [New York Times]

Google CEO Eric Schmidt called the NSA hacking allegations “outrageous” if proven true. [Wall Street Journal]

The YouTube Music Awards attracted roughly 220,000 concurrent views and sounded pretty boring. [AllThingsD]

shameless rumormongering

Rumor Roundup: Tim Cook Tweets, Miley Hates iOS 7 and AlleyNYC Parties Hard

#sports, yall

#FollowFriday Well, well, well–look who’s on Twitter! Apple CEO Tim Cook took the bluster out of everyone’s #FF today and tweeted for the first time.

Internet sleuths hopped on the case, parsing the clues to determine whether the profile (“Fan of Auburn football and Duke basketball,” his bio reads), was the real deal. Two Apple employees and a Twitter worker were Mr. Cook’s first follows, for instance, but he also followed Anderson Cooper and Kings of Leon. What did it all mean?? Read More

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Booting Up: Tim Cook Would Like You To Know That Everything is Fine

Wealthy man, Mr. Cook (Photo: News.au)

BlackBerry is going to eliminate 40 percent of its staff by the end of the year as it morphs into a juice bar. [Wall Street Journal]

Two Myspace alumni are learning what it’s like to work for successful tech companies. [New York Times]

“I don’t feel euphoric on the up, and I don’t slit my wrists when it goes down,” says Tim Cook in a, uh, revealing interview about Apple’s stock price and the state of the company. [Bloomberg BusinessWeek]

YouTube gaming network Machinima is cutting 10 percent of its staff. [AdWeek]

Netflix, which has been riding the wave of good news lately, is actually shutting down a DVD distribution center in Montana. [The Montana Standard]

Apple in Your Eye

Tim Cook Is Totally Judging Your Ugly Google Glasses

Wealthy man, Mr. Cook (Photo: News.au)

Someone sounds a little dejected that their Project Glass submission was rejected.

Speaking at yesterday’s (biweekly?) All Things D Digital Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook threw shade at Google’s face computer, saying that he doesn’t think it will hit mainstream appeal because no one wants to look like an insufferable ass if they don’t have to. Oh, and the steep $1,500 price point could be a hinderance. Read More

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Booting Up: Promises, Promises from Tim Cook

WWDC. (Photo: flickr.com/deerkoski)

In an interview yesterday at the D conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook promised, “We have some incredible plans that we have been working on for a while.” If you’re talking about that smartwatch, pal, we’ve already moved on to Google Glass. [AllThingsD]

Apple is stepping up the pace of its acquisitions, though. [AllThingsD]

Aviary is expanding to Tokyo in June, with 50 million monthly users in hand. [The Next Web]

Perhaps disappointed with the results of its no good, very bad commercials, Facebook now wants to invade your consciousness via television-show product placement. [Valleywag]

After a small advertiser revolt, Facebook is finally cracking down on groups dedicated to rape and violence against women. [Businessweek]