As you surely know by now, Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple CEO yesterday, though he will remain chairman of the board of directors. We kick off today’s link roundup with a few interesting articles about Apple’s past with Jobs and its future without him, then provide a couple of other articles about the challenges small business owners face overseas and with the ubiquitous threat of cybercriminals.
Steve Jobs Reshaped Industries — NY Times
As you can imagine, this news is rocking the world — and not just the tech world. Mr. Jobs, after all, has almost single-handedly reshaped a stunning range of industries: music, TV, movies, software, cellphones, and cloud computing. The products he’s shepherded into existence with single-minded vision read like a Top 10 list, or a Top 50 list, of the world’s most successful inventions: Macintosh. iPod. iPhone. iTunes. iMovie. iPad.
Exclusive: Tim Cook e-mails Apple employees: “Apple is not going to change” — Ars Technica
In person, Cook is gruff and assertive, but in a way that makes people feel secure—this is no doubt part of the reason why Apple has slowly been introducing Cook to the public via Apple keynotes over the last few years. In the public’s eye, Cook has become the Riker to Jobs’ Picard—and people generally like Riker. There may be no way to truly replace Steve Jobs, but Apple knows that publicly supporting Tim Cook is, at the very least, good PR.
Steve Jobs: the great communicator, though maybe not via email — Guardian
The Apple chief’s speeches were lauded as great pieces of communication – but his email responses were often brief to the point of near-silence. Here’s a selection.
Firms Face Hurdles Overseas – WSJ
Spurred by lower demand at home and a cheaper dollar, a growing number of small-business owners are looking for new customers outside the U.S. But overseas expansion is often harder and more complicated for small businesses, which lack the deep pockets and expertise of larger firms.
Cybercriminals: A Look at Their World and Their Threat to Business — Entrepreneur Magazine
A disturbing look at the far-reaching depths of the cybercriminal network–and what you can do to make sure the bad element stays out of your company.
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