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Jony Ive's promotion: first step toward his retirement, or bigger things in store at Apple?

First step toward retirement, sadly.
I'm betting bigger things in store!
Much ado...guy getting well deserved break, nothing more.

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Jony Ive's promotion: first step toward his retirement, or bigger things in store at Apple? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Wednesday Highlights: Dan Frommer at Quartz profiles Apple's Jeff Williams as "one of Apple's most important executives" ahead of his representing Apple at the LA Code Conference, formerly "D"; CIO's Jim Lynch sees Jony Ive's promotion as a step toward retirement; MillwardBrown's global BrandZ ranking of the worlds most valuable brands gives Apple the top slot noting the company has "led in the rate of brand value growth over 10 years – 1,446 percent"—additional reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; MacKeeper to run refund advertisements "on Facebook as part of class-action lawsuit settlement"; Apple removes WiFi/networking service, Discoveryd, from latest OS X 10.10.4 beta; Apple Support article on obscure errors, #3194, #17; Apple dominates China smarpthone market thanks to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; John Sculley says he and Steve Jobs never repaired friendship before Jobs' death; annoying iOS bug can crash your phone when particular unicode message is texted to you, Cult of Mac has a fix; Michael deAgonia's long-term MacBook USB-C review; Jonny Evans pieces together all the details we currently have about iOS 9.

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  • "Apple's Jeff Williams made your iPhone and Watch, and now he's ready to talk about it"  Quartz 8:01 AM
  • "The Jony Ive Promotion" ["In reality, I suspect Jony's promotion involves overlooking Apple's mission much more closely, with more flexibility than ever before. Jony Ive will still be Jony Ive, but I think this promotion positions him much more closely to the role Steve Jobs had: making sure the product always comes first."]  Above Avalon 9:45 AM
  • "Jony Ive prepares to retire from Apple"  CIO 7:55 AM
  • "Apple - the world's most valuable brand: With a 67 percent rise in Brand Value to $247 billion, Apple returned to number one in the BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking. Success of the iPhone 6 and the related excitement surrounding the Apple brand drove the increase. Apple also led in the rate of brand value growth over 10 years – 1,446 percent."  MillwardBrown 8:07 AM
  • "Apple passes Google as the world's most valuable brand, ranking says"  Mashable 8:05 AM
  • "Millward Brown explains why Apple retook #1 slot as world's most valuable brand" 9to5Mac 8:12 AM
  • "Apple leapfrogs Google for top spot, while Microsoft rises in global brand survey" ZDNet 8:50 AM
  • "Apple Tops Brand Value List, IBM Loses Ground" 24/7 Wall St. 7:53 AM
  • "Apple Set to Issue Yen-Denominated Bonds: Tech giant to use proceeds for shareholder returns; possibly also for Japan operations" [Paid Membership Required] 8:01 AM
  • "MacKeeper refund ads will run on Facebook as part of class-action lawsuit settlement" IDG News Service 8:00 AM
  • "Apple ditching discoveryd for mDNSResponder in latest OS X 10.10 release" MacIssues 9:45 AM
  • "Apple has finally fixed one of the most annoying Mac bugs" Fortune 9:12 AM
  • "Yosemite 10.10.4 Beta Dumps Discoveryd to Fix Network Issues" The Mac Observer 8:44 AM
  • "OS X 10.10.4 14E26a Focus Areas Include Photos, Migration" FairerPlatform 7:51 AM
  • "Checking your Mac for viruses -- wait, what?" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "If you see Error 3194, Error 17, or 'This device isn't eligible for the requested build' in iTunes" Apple Support 8:32 AM
  • "Yosemite - Apple excises grossly buggy 'discoveryd' in OS X 10.10.4 beta, reverting to more reliable pre-Yosemite Apple software" MacInTouch 9:01 AM
  • "3 must-know Photos app tips and tricks" TechRepublic 10:11 AM
  • "Control 'launchd' Services On A Mac" Mac 360 7:51 AM
  • "About The Free Doctor That Cleans Macs" NoodleMac 7:51 AM
  • "How To Bring Key Presses And Mouse Clicks To Life On Your Mac" TeraTalks 7:51 AM
  • "Window Tidy Does This To A Mac" Mac 360 7:51 AM
Press Releases
  • "'Magnet' Brings Window Snapping To OS X [Now: $1.99] RazorianFly 8:34 AM
  • "Mount Keeper - The Disk Drive Mounting Block Tool for Mac OS X" prMac 7:54 AM
  • "Duplicate 1.0 - Free Enhanced Copy and Paste for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite" prMac 7:54 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus help Apple dominate Chinese market" V3 8:40 AM
  • "Apple bumps Samsung and Xiaomi to take number one spot in China" The Inquirer 9:44 AM
  • "Global smartphone growth to slow to 11.3% in 2015, says IDC" DigiTimes 8:08 AM
  • "Apple design head Jony Ive has DOUBLE the patents of Thomas Edison" Business Insider 10:11 AM
  • "Apple Data Center Catches Fire in Arizona" Digital Trends 10:11 AM
  • "Former Apple CEO John Sculley admits Steve Jobs never forgave him, and he never repaired their friendship, before Jobs died" Business Insider 8:54 AM
  • "How An iPhone 5c Saved A Man's Life" Forbes 8:28 AM
  • "Indestructible iPhone films its incredible plunge to the ocean floor - and the moment a brave sailor rescues it" Mirror Online UK 8:33 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak calls Edward Snowden a 'total hero'" BGR 8:38 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Router flaw attacks top brands with years-old exploit" The Inquirer 9:44 AM
  • "Crowds 'could be counted' with phone and Twitter data" BBC 8:45 AM
  • "iOS bug causes Messages to crash, iPhone to reboot when a certain text is received" 9to5Mac 8:12 AM
  • "Bug in iOS Unicode handling crashes iPhones with a simple text" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
  • "The iPhone bug that lets anyone crash your phone with a text message" The Guardian 8:28 AM
  • "Watch a crazy iOS bug cause iPhones to crash just by receiving a text message" BGR 8:09 AM
  • "Taiwan ODMs to snap up all orders for next generation iPhone, say sources" DigiTimes 8:10 AM
  • "Apple's 'Siri' & 'App Store' Icons are now Registered Trademarks" Patently Apple 8:32 AM
  • "Unicode of Death got you down? Here's how to fix it" Cult of Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor Problems: Defective Hardware or Buggy Software" Kirkville 8:39 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:56 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:56 AM

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  • "Long-term review: The new MacBook is a great travel laptop/After a month of testing, Apple's new MacBook rates as perfect for working on the go." Computerworld 8:52 AM
  • "Kokoon headphones monitor your brain waves to induce deep sleep" TechHive 7:59 AM
  • "Review: Voyce is the wellness monitor for dogs that makes wearables vividly relevant/Flash" PCWorld 7:59 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "First Look: Hyundai's BlueLink lets Apple Watch or iPhone start, lock + find your car (Video)" 9to5Mac 8:54 AM
  • "Living with: Drafts 4 (iOS)" MacNN 8:42 AM
  • "Hands On: Edjing Pro 1.0.9 (iOS)" MacNN 8:42 AM
  • "Clever CloudSlice offers an entry point to having a personal, private cloud" Apple Daily Report 7:55 AM
  • "How to add Glances to your Apple Watch" iMore 9:45 AM
  • "For iPhone, iPad privacy, here's how to turn on encryption in just one minute" ZDNet 8:49 AM
  • "Better Answers to Security Questions" MacMost 9:15 AM
  • "Which MacBook should I use for writing code?" iMore 8:41 AM
  • "The advent and evolution of Apple's digital hub" iMore 8:41 AM
  • "Maybe the Mac is a typewriter after all" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Why do some publications always paint Apple in a negative light?" Apple Daily Report 7:56 AM
  • "WWDC 2015: Everything we think we know about iOS 9"  Computerworld 7:56 AM
  • "Guess Who's Coming To Talk And Listen?" Mac 360 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Is A Big Target (you'll be surprised which companies target Apple)" Mac 360 7:52 AM
  • "What We Must Demand From Charter, Time Warner Cable" PC Magazine 8:49 AM
  • "Iris Scans: Security Breakthrough Or Privacy Invasion?" InformationWeek 8:59 AM
  • "The Internet of Things: a Surveillance State in Disguise" PC Magazine 8:48 AM
  • "Google Glass is still misunderstood, says the guy who wore them in the shower" CNET 8:46 AM
  • "Twitter Needs to Change, But Only if It Stays the Same" Wired 8:45 AM
  • "Re/code and Vox: So what happens now?" Mashable 8:03 AM
  • "Welcome to the mythical creatures club." The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 7:51 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Minecraft: Pocket Edition' 0.11 Update Releasing Soon, Game will Add Skin IAPs" Touch Arcade 10:14 AM
  • "PayPal finally adds Touch ID protection to iPhone payment app" iDownload Blog 10:10 AM
  • "Other World Computing Announces Apple iMac Hard Drive Upgrades Now Extend to 8.0TB" Other World Computing 9:52 AM
  • "Nova revolutionizes iPhone photography with Multiple Nova support" AppAdvice 9:45 AM
  • "New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Desktop Dungeons', 'The Branch', 'Up You Go' and More" Touch Arcade 9:11 AM
  • "Fleksy Keyboard introduces Imoji stickers, smart suggestions for GIFs and more" iDownload Blog 8:41 AM
  • "Best web browsers for iPhone" [Slideshow] iMore 8:41 AM
  • "Scosche debuts flatOUT LED Lightning charge/sync cable" TechnologyTell 8:38 AM
  • "Amazon's brought its custom e-reading font to Kindle for iOS" The Next Web 9:11 AM
  • "Kindle for iOS gets an update adding 'faster reading, less eye strain' and more" AppAdvice 8:38 AM
  • "SanDisk has lightning-fast SSD drives that are as cheap as regular hard drives" BGR 8:38 AM
  • "AirServer: AirPlay movies, music, games, and more from your iPhone to your Mac" iDownload Blog 8:41 AM
  • "Beam your iPad screen to Macs and PCs for presentations" ZDNet 8:08 AM
  • "UK's First Personal Finance App for Apple Watch Launched by True Potential Investments" Business Wire 7:54 AM
  • "Popular Bricks Breaker - Friends available for iOS with Fun Competition" prMac 10:12 AM
  • "WaterField Refreshes its Versatile Gear Pouch - Updated Look, Features" prMac 7:54 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Has Hijacked Android In A Hostile Takeover: Microsoft has its own mobile operating system and devices. Thanks to a variety of legal and strategic moves, though, Microsoft also owns a sizeable chunk of its largest competitor. Microsoft already generates significant revenue from Android and it is poised to rake in the cash from Android users thanks to a newly announced partnership to pre-install Microsoft Office and Skype apps on a wide variety of Android tablets." Forbes 10:11 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO bests the rest in tech leadership, says researcher: Satya Nadella was ranked first among the top ten industry leaders—including Apple's design chief, according to Juniper Research." Fortune 7:58 AM
  • "Microsoft's Satya Nadella named most influential tech exec, ahead of Jony Ive, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk" GeekWire 9:45 AM
  • "Microsoft Fiscal Year Ending With a Roar" Barron's 7:58 AM
  • "Dell, Intel throw in $45 million toward DocuSign Series F" ZDNet 8:50 AM
  • "Dell And Intel Capital Join Late To DocuSign's $278 Million Raise" Forbes 8:51 AM
  • "U.S. Dept. of Justice finds Google's Supreme Court petition in Oracle case flawed, recommends denial" Foss Patents 8:32 AM
  • "Washington backs Oracle in Google case" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:00 AM
  • "US sides with Oracle in Java copyright dispute with Google" IDG News Service 8:47 AM
  • "Justice Dept urges US Supreme Court not to hear Google's appeal against Oracle in Java copyright case" 9to5Google 8:32 AM
  • "White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest" The Register 8:52 AM
  • "Workday competition from Oracle ramps" ZDNet 9:44 AM
  • "Cisco Loses Supreme Court Patent Case: Intellectual Property" Bloomberg 8:11 AM
  • "Lenovo Launches Three Value Notebooks At Tech World" AnandTech 8:39 AM
  • "Lenovo's new trio of low-cost laptops start at $250" IDG News Service 8:47 AM
  • "Lenovo looks to low-cost laptops with three new models" CNET 8:47 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Icahn's Apple bet is all about buybacks" CNBC 8:53 AM
  • "Is Jony Ive's New Job An Apple Sell Signal?" Forbes 8:51 AM
  • "Is Apple Stock a Solid Choice Right Now? - Tale of the Tape" Zacks 8:53 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks rise: Dow rebounds from worst day in May" USA Today 8:56 AM
  • "Stocks Open Higher as Tiffany Jumps on Earnings Beat" TheStreet 8:56 AM
  • "Market Snapshot: U.S. Stocks Stabilize After Sharp Selloff" MarketWatch 8:55 AM
  • "U.S. Stock Futures Edge Higher After Tuesday's Tumble: Dow industrials suffered biggest one-day loss since April 30" [Paid Membership Required] 8:55 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Asia stocks mostly fall, tracking U.S. market lower/Stocks in Asia mostly fell Wednesday after weaker-than-expected economic data in the U.S. shook investors' confidence in a recovery there, and put pressure on shares in the Philippines and South Korea in particular." MarketWatch 8:55 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks gain ground as Greek niggles fade/European stocks rose Wednesday, regaining a portion of the losses logged in the previous session, as worries over Greece and a commodity squeeze receded." MarketWatch 8:55 AM

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