Dow Jones & Co. said that they will not be renewing their partnership with AllThingsD. Walt Mossberg, a technology columnist at Dow Jones’ Wall Street Journal, will be stepping down from the company by the end of the year as well. AllThingsD is a joint venture between Walt Mossberg and former Wall Street Journal columnist Kara Swisher. Dow Jones’ contract is due to expire at the end of the year.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook hit the stage last night for the AllThingsD D11 conference. This is the second year in a row that Cook was interviewed by AllThingsD on stage. Many of the questions were about Cook’s viewpoint about competition with Google and his vision at Apple. He also revealed that Apple sold 13 million Apple TVs and indicated that Apple is exploring a smartwatch.
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On Tuesday at the AllThingsD D11 conference, Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg hosted a discussion with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Cook kept all of the company’s future products confidential, but he provided his opinion on several new technologies. Some of his opinions have provided insight for some of Apple’s future products. Apple is expected to announced new software at the WWDC conference two weeks from now in San Francisco.
Ari Emanuel, an American talent agent and co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor (WME), hit the stage at the D: All Things Digital conference. Emanuel is the epitome of Hollywood. He makes his money by consumers purchasing content starring his clients like Larry David and Aaron Sorkin. This means that he dreads Internet piracy, but believes that censoring the Internet through laws like SOPA and PIPA are a terrible idea. While on stage Emanuel contemplated out loud about how using social media to fund some of the content would be a paradigm shift. For example, he got his hands on the new film script for “Friday Night Lights” and though about the possibilities of setting up a crowd-funding initiative through the 1+ million Fans on Facebook for the show. Emanuel is known as being the basis for the character Ari Gold on “Entourage.” On the show, Gold is known for having a short temper and in the video below, you will see the real Ari unleash it on Joshua Topolsky of The Verge when he tried to compare AT&T and Verizon as being the “road” to a house that was robbed. Emanuel told him to sit down and come up with a better example. Check out the video below.
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Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook was interviewed at the D: All Things Digital conference. For the last few years, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the same stage. Tim Cook has created some big expectations for the company as he said that they are getting ready to release some “incredible” new products.
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Andy Rubin, the VP of Engineering at Google that is overseeing the development of Android was at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference. At the conference, Rubin said that the Android started as an 8 person team and then Google staffed up. Now there are about 172 different phones using Android.
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TechCrunch is one of the leading technology blogs that has a lot of influence on venture capitalists and web startup companies alike. Basically TechCrunch is the middleman between an up and coming web startup company and gaining enough publicity to get funding or acquired. Being the middleman of such a powerful tool isn’t easy though. People have tried to break into Arrington’s house to get publicity and most recently, someone at the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany spat in his face.
Arrington believes that allegations from other bloggers directed animosity at him.
“Whoever is the top blog will get attacked by everyone else and that’ll just be the way it is,” stated Arrington in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “We really need to think about, the community of bloggers, if we’re going to continue to slay our own for competitive reasons.”
Arrington believes that other bloggers allege that TechCrunch accepts payments or favors for publicity. A couple of sites he blamed for damaging TechCrunch’s reputation for allegations includes AllThingsD.com and Valleywag, a technology gossip blog under the Gawker Media network. Both AllThingsD co-founder Kara Swisher and Gawker founder Nick Denton personally responded to Arrington’s blame game.
“Our site is trying to raise ethical and reporting standards in the tech blogosphere but is in no way responsible for people stalking Michael Arrington. To say so is truly unfortunate on his part,” stated Swisher. “I am appalled he is being stalked, which is scary and disturbing, and am sorry for the strife it has clearly caused him and his family.”
Nick Denton stated that Arrington’s decision to step down for a month “says more about his emotional volatility than it does about anything more meaningful — like the pressures on tech journalists or Internet publishers.” He added “Gawker titles have made many people’s lives uncomfortable, but I’ve never received a death threat.”
Arrington isn’t worried about TechCrunch’s traffic going down at all since he has many other writers maintaining the site. Last month, TechCrunch received 650,000 unique visitors, up from 397,000 the year before.
“Did Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates or Bush take any break when they were attacked with eggs, cakes & shoes? Then why should Arrington do so,” wrote Labnol founder Amit Agarwal on his Twitter account.
I feel sympathetic for Arrington, but he was wrong for blaming his competition for the attacks on him. Especially when TechCrunch publishes stories criticizing the livelihood of many others too. This includes Dare Obasanjo and Ted Murphy.