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Steve Jobs Honored at D10 – UPDATED

Walt Mossberg, Ed Catmull and Larry Ellison

Last night at D10, in a special joint appearance, Ed Catmull and Larry Ellison sat down with Walt Mossberg on stage to discuss their memories of Steve Jobs. Catmull, the President of Pixar, discussed his memories of  Jobs and Jobs’s passion for combining technology with animation. Ellison, cofounder and CEO of Oracle, discussed his business dealings with jobs and their friendship which began with them being neighbors. Ellison describes first meeting Jobs when his peacock wondered into Ellison’s yard early one morning. When Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, Ellison joined the Apple board. Although he left the board in 2002, Ellison and Jobs remained close friends. Few people knew Jobs longer than Catmull and Ellison – and Mossberg for that matter. A full video is not yet available of the event, but you can watch the highlights HERE. Once the full video is available, I will post a link.

Before Mossberg, Catmull and Ellison took the stage, a tribute video was played recalling the appearances of Steve Jobs at the past All Things Digital Conferences. Steve appeared at the conference in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 (he was on stage twice, his second appearance was with Bill gates), and 2010. After the video was played, Mossberg announced that full videos of these appearances have been posted to iTunes and are available for free. Having watched all of them before, I can attest they are both informative and entertaining.

UPDATE: The full video is now available HERE.

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Aaron Sorkin Discusses Steve Jobs Movie at D10 – UPDATED

Yesterday afternoon, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was on stage with Walt Mossberg at All Things Digital’s D10 Conference. Sorkin is famous for his movies A Few Good Men, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Social Network. He is also known for his work on television including The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and most recently, The Newsroom. A few weeks ago it was announced that Sorkin would be adapting Walter Isaacson’s book, Steve Jobs, for Sony Pictures.

In yesterday’s interview, Sorkin said that he was in the very early stages of writing the movie, and he had yet to decide its focus. He said that it will be a challenge to write a script that fully portrays the complexities of Jobs’s personality. He explained that movies, especially those based on actual events, should be viewed as art as opposed to a photograph, meaning that a writer cannot include every aspect of a person’s life in a film. Sorkin and Mossberg also discussed the difficulties for writing television in an era with so many technological distractions for viewers. Sorkin is one of the few people at D10 not associated with the world of technology and highlights from his interview can be seen HERE. When the full video of the interview is available, I will post a link.

UPDATE: The full video is available HERE.

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Tim Cook at D10 – UPDATED

On Tuesday night, All Things Digital’s D10 Conference kicked off with a keynote interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Presenters Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher began by asking Cook about his new postion at Apple and how the death of his friend Steve Jobs has affected him and Apple. Cook became visibly emotional when talking about Jobs, and he recalled that was a genius and said that Apple will remain true to its roots and move forward with its product strategies.

After a few softball questions, Mossberg and Swisher (mostly Mossberg) began to hit on some of the tougher subjects. Cook (reluctantly) discussed patent wars, the controversy over manufacturing in China, and the future of AppleTV. Mossberg asked him if tablets should be categorized as PCs and his response was a resounding “no“. Cook did hint at upgrades to Siri as well as a possible partnership with Facebook, despite saying that Apple was going to “double down” on secrecy. All Things Digital as put together a highlight video that you can see HERE. I will post a link to the full video when it is available.

At times, it seemed that Mossberg and Swisher were bullying Cook with topics that he did not want to discuss, something that Jobs would not have allowed. Cook is very soft spoken, but he is a master at dodging questions. Nevertheless, the information that came out of the D10 keynote was very interesting for those in the tech world. Of course, all eyes will be on Apple June 11 when Tim Cook will take to his own stage at the 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco

UPDATE (June 11): The full video has been posed, you can view it HERE.

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All Things Digital’s D10 Conference Begins Today

Steve Jobs at D8 in 2010

Today the All Things Digital D10 Conference kicks off in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The conference brings together the greatest minds in technology to discuss the latest trends and products. Always a crowd pleaser, All Things Digital has brought some of the biggest names in the industry including Steve Jobs and Bill Gates in a rare joint appearance in 2007. This year, hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher return with another great lineup. Tonights keynote is sure to be the biggest event at D10. Apple’s Tim Cook will take the stage nine months after taking over as CEO. Apple fans are hoping for some inside information, but do not get your hopes up. Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is in a few weeks, and all announcements are certainly being saved for that event.

Speakers for the three day event include:

Tony Bates | President, Skype Division, Microsoft
Michael Bloomberg | Mayor, New York City
Dr. Ed Catmull | President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios
Tim Cook | CEO, Apple
Daniel Ek | Co-founder and CEO, Spotify
Larry Ellison | Founder and CEO, Oracle
John Hennessy | President, Stanford University
Reid Hoffman | Chairman, LinkedIn
Salman Khan | Founder & Executive Director, Khan Academy
Jon Leibowitz | Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
Mary Meeker | Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Nathan Myhrvold | Founder and CEO, Intellectual Ventures
Sean Parker | Entrepreneur
Sundar Pichai | SVP, Chrome & Apps, Google
Mark Pincus | Founder and CEO, Zynga
Aaron Sorkin | Screenwriter
Jeff Weiner | CEO, LinkedIn
Susan Wojcicki | SVP, Advertising, Google

Visit the All Things Digital website for all the information and for videos following the events. I encourage anyone interested in technology to watch as many of these speakers as possible. They are the drivers of the current technology market. Interestingly, there will probably be a Steve Jobs theme to the conference as it is the first since his death in October 2011. A number of the speakers have a connect to Steve Jobs. Ed Catmull was hired by Steve to run Pixar. Larry Elison is a member of the Board and has been since Steve returned to Apple in 1997. Tim Cook is obvisoly Steve’s successor. Most interesting, however, will be Aaron Sorkin. It was announced that he has been hired as the adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs into film for Sony.

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at D5 in 2007 (this is Part 1)

Steve Jobs at D8 in 2010 (full video)

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