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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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