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Steve Jobs Talks About Managing People ➝

This is a video from 2010’s D8 conference, in which Steve Jobs discusses Apple’s management system with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. I came across this video a few days ago and I was amazed at how much of my own thinking falls in-line with his.

This is my favorite line from the video:

If you want to hire great people and have them stay working for you, you have to let them make a lot of decision and you have to be run by ideas not hierarchy. The best ideas have to win, otherwise good people don’t stay.

I can’t emphasize enough just how important this concept is. A lot of companies in the world would be far more successful if this was one of their core principles.

Jack Dorsey Expected to Be Named Permanent Twitter CEO ➝

Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner, reporting for Re/code:

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who has been serving as interim CEO for the past three months, is expected to be named the company’s new permanent CEO as early as tomorrow, although that timeframe may change, according to sources. Dorsey will apparently continue to run Square, the payments company he founded where he’s also CEO.

If this pans out, I think it’ll be a huge step in the right direction.

Yahoo as Default Search on iOS ➝

Kara Swisher reports on Marissa Mayer’s attempt to convince Apple to switch iOS’s default search engine from Google to Yahoo. I don’t think I’ve ever used Yahoo search full time at any point in my life, and I don’t think Apple will go for it.

‘Independent Media Company’ ➝

Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg:

We are thrilled to announce that we are forming our own new and independent media company, Revere Digital, with a pair of respected investors and partners — the NBCUniversal News Group and Terry Semel’s Windsor Media. Revere will be operating news sites and apps, as well as a series of conferences.

How can you call Revere Digital an “independent media company” when NBCUniversal News Group has invested in it?

Yahoo Board Approves $1.1 Billion Deal to Acquire Tumblr ➝

Kara Swisher writing for All Things Digital:

According to numerous sources, Mayer determined quickly in her research that the fast-growing content site, turbocharged by mountains of user-generated content, was just the kind of property that Yahoo needed to make it both “cool” and relevant to new audiences.

These are the kind of acquisitions that Yahoo needs to make if that’s the path they choose to go down in their quest to become relevant again.

Apple Planning Media-Related Event in NYC ➝

Kara Swisher reporting for All Things D:

According to sources close to the situation, Apple is planning an important — but not large-scale — event to be held in New York at the end of this month that will focus on a media-related announcement.

Her sources tell her that it isn’t the iPad 3 or the rumored Apple Television set.

Ping ➝

Kara Swisher on Ping’s lack of Facebook integration:

And Facebook is nowhere on Ping, either. Currently, there is no linking, sharing or participation of any kind with Facebook–or Twitter or MySpace–on Ping, which will work only on the iTunes software on computers, iPhones and iPods.

When I asked Jobs about that, he said Apple had indeed held talks with Facebook about a variety of unspecified partnerships related to Ping, but the discussions went nowhere.

The reason, according to Jobs: Facebook wanted “onerous terms that we could not agree to.”

I like Ping a lot. And the lack of Facebook integration is one of the reasons for it. I don’t have a Facebook account and haven’t in about a year. I think their attitude towards privacy is, as Jobs put it, onerous. What it comes down to is their willingness to, on a moments notice, change their privacy policy in a way that negatively effects its users until those users opt-out of whatever crazy new feature Facebook has decided to implement.

Ping on the other hand is much more straightforward with their privacy, more like Twitter. You either have everything open, everything closed, or have everything open to the people you give permission to. I think this simple set of privacy settings is one of the reasons that Twitter is so popular and one of the reasons that I see Ping becoming incredibly popular.

Ping still has quite a way to go in terms of user base. But since it is integrated right into iTunes, I don’t think it’ll take too long. I’m really excited about the idea of seeing what other people with similar music interests like. Music discovery is the one aspect of this move to digital downloads that hasn’t gotten any better. Pandora and Apple’s Genius recommendation system made it better, but Ping’s going to take it to a whole different level.

Steve Jobs on Stage at D8

Steve Jobs appeared on stage at D8 last night for an interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Here are some of the many interesting (paraphrased) quotes from his time on stage.

When asked about the Gizmodo prototype story:

You know, when this whole thing with Gizmodo happened, I got advice from people who said ‘you gotta just let it slide, you shouldn’t go after a journalist just because they bought stolen property and tried to extort you.’ And I thought deeply about this, and I concluded the worst thing that could happen is if we change our core values and let it slide. I can’t do that. I’d rather quit.

Regarding the origins of the iPhone and iPad:

When I saw the rubber band inertial scrolling and a few of the other things I thought ‘my god we can build a phone out of this.’ And, I put the tablet project on the shelf because the phone was more important. And, we went and took the next several years and did the iPhone. And when we got our wind back and thought we could take on something next — pulled the tablet off the shelf, took everything we learned from the phone and went to work on the tablet.

Speaking about the role of PCs moving forward:

PCs are going to be like trucks. There still going to be around, there still going to have a lot of value, but there going to be used by one out of X people.

When asked about the changes to the iPhone SDK agreement that limited the collection of analytics data:

Well we learned this really interesting thing. Some company called Flurry had data on devices that we were using on our campus — new devices. They were getting this info by getting developers to put software in their apps that sent info back to this company! So we went through the roof. It’s violating our privacy policies, and it’s pissing us off! So we said we’re only going to allow analytics that don’t give our device info — only for the purpose of advertising.

Steve Jobs is always an interesting guy to listen to, especially when he is speaking candidly. I think everyone should watch the clips of the interview in All Things Digital’s video section.