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Financial Times names Tim Cook ‘Person of the Year’

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Tim Cook might have gotten snubbed for Time’s Person of the Year recognition after being nominated as a finalist for 2014, but the Apple CEO did get the coveted title from the Financial Times this year. The FT cited both Cook’s financial decisions for the company and social decisions including publishing the essay on his sexuality:

Financial success and dazzling new technology alone might have been enough to earn Apple’s steely chief executive the FT’s vote as the 2014 Person of the Year, but Mr Cook’s brave exposition of his values also sets him apart.

This was never more powerful than when he talked publicly for the first time about his sexuality.

FT also nodded to Cook hiring Angela Ahrendts to run Apple’s retail channels, luring her to Apple from her role as CEO of Burberry, as well as Apple buying Beats for $3 billion this year and launching the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay, showing off the Apple Watch, and Apple’s market capitalization setting a record for US companies hitting $700 billion. You can read the full piece here.


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Tim Cook nominated Time Person of the Year finalist after huge product introductions/coming out publicly

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Time has posted its Finalists for Person of the Year today and Apple’s CEO Tim Cook it on the list. Time credits the Alabama native for introducing a number of new products as well as coming out as the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.

Tim Cook, who introduced Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay this year, and whose decision to come out made him the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.

Other nominees (that don’t necessarily conform to “person” moniker) include:

  • The Ferguson protesters, who took to the streets in August following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer, and again in November when a grand jury declined to indict the officer in the killing.
  • The Ebola caregivers, who are still fighting the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, that has so far taken the lives of nearly7,000 people in West Africa.
  • Vladimir Putin, the Russian president who has remained in the headlines throughout this year, from his country’s stewardship of the Winter Olympics in Sochi to its annexation of Crimea, and its role in the ongoing civil strife in eastern Ukraine.
  • Taylor Swift, one of the world’s top-selling pop artists, who this year shook up the music industry by pulling her music from streaming service Spotify, which she believes should compensate artists more.
  • Jack Ma, an English teacher turned founder and CEO of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant which debuted a $25 billion IPO.
  • Masoud Barzani, the acting president of the Iraqi Kurdish Region since 2005, who has deftly threaded the region’s push for independence with the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.
  • Roger Goodell, the National Football League commissioner whose leadership has been under great scrutiny this year as the league dealt with public incidents of domestic abuse by players such as Ray Rice, among other controversies.

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Tim Cook gives China’s Internet minister a sneak peek at Apple Watch

The minister of the Cyberspace Administration of China got a sneak peek at the Apple Watch during a recent visit to Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. Photos published by a state-owned website show Apple CEO Tim Cook demonstrating the device to Lu






Tim Cook gives China’s Internet Minister a sneak peek at Apple Watch

The minister of the Cyberspace Administration of China got a sneak peek at the Apple Watch during a recent visit to Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. Photos published by a state-owned website show Apple CEO Tim Cook demonstrating the device to Lu






Mark Zuckerberg describes Tim Cook’s views on ad-supported businesses as “ridiculous,” suggests Apple products over-priced

Mark Zuckerberg during a Facebook press event to introduce 'Home' a Facebook app suite that integrates with Android in Menlo Park

In an interview with TIME, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has described Tim Cook’s comments on ad-supported businesses as “ridiculous,” and suggested that Apple’s products are over-priced.

Zuckerberg was referring to comments Cook made back in September about Apple’s approach to security and privacy, when Cook said:

A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. 

While Cook was taking a shot at Google without specifically naming the company, the comment could apply equally well to Facebook, which has the same need to monetize its subscribers … 

Zuckerberg did not share Cook’s reluctance to name names.

A frustration I have is that a lot of people increasingly seem to equate an advertising business model with somehow being out of alignment with your customers,” Zuckerberg says. “I think it’s the most ridiculous concept. What, you think because you’re paying Apple that you’re somehow in alignment with them? If you were in alignment with them, then they’d make their products a lot cheaper!”

The Facebook chief contrasted Apple’s premium pricing with its desire to be accessible to everyone.

Our mission is to connect every person in the world. You don’t do that by having a service people pay for.

Tim Cook made his comments on security after the leaked celebrity nudes were attributed to an iCloud hack. Apple responded by advising that the accounts in question were accessed using login credentials obtained from a phishing scam in conjunction with weak security questions, switching on two-factor authentication for iCloud.com and sending email notifications when an iCloud account was accessed on the web.

Photo credit: Robert Galbraith/Reuters


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