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Apple CEO Tim Cook Slams Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Laws: 'America Must Be A Land of Opportunity for Everyone'


Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out swinging against so-called "religious freedom" bills allowing individuals and businesses to discriminate on religious grounds in an op-ed published in The Washington Post today.

Writes Cook:

MapAmerica’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business. At Apple, we are in business to empower and enrich our customers’ lives. We strive to do business in a way that is just and fair. That’s why, on behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges. I’m writing in the hopes that many more will join this movement. From North Carolina to Nevada, these bills under consideration truly will hurt jobs, growth and the economic vibrancy of parts of the country where a 21st-century economy was once welcomed with open arms.

I have great reverence for religious freedom. As a child, I was baptized in a Baptist church, and faith has always been an important part of my life. I was never taught, nor do I believe, that religion should be used as an excuse to discriminate.

I remember what it was like to grow up in the South in the 1960s and 1970s. Discrimination isn’t something that’s easy to oppose. It doesn’t always stare you in the face. It moves in the shadows. And sometimes it shrouds itself within the very laws meant to protect us. [...]

Men and women have fought and died fighting to protect our country’s founding principles of freedom and equality. We owe it to them, to each other and to our future to continue to fight with our words and our actions to make sure we protect those ideals. The days of segregation and discrimination marked by “Whites Only” signs on shop doors, water fountains and restrooms must remain deep in our past. We must never return to any semblance of that time. America must be a land of opportunity for everyone.

Head HERE to read Cook's op-ed in full.

This is not the first time Cook has spoken out against these types of bills either. Following Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signing the state's "license to discriminate" bill into law last week, Cook tweeted:

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has not yet signed his state's "religious freedom" bill into law but has pledged to do so.


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Tim Cook Pledges to Give His Apple Fortune Away to Charity

In a lengthy profile for Fortune magazine, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed he will be donating nearly all of his multi-million dollar fortune to charity:

CookTo Cook, changing the world always has been higher on Apple’s agenda than making money. He plans to give away all his wealth, after providing for the college education of his 10-year-old nephew. There should be plenty left over to fund philanthropic projects. Cook’s net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, is currently about $120 million. He also holds restricted stock worth $665 million if it were to be fully vested. Cook says that he has already begun donating money quietly, but that he plans to take time to develop a systematic approach to philanthropy rather than simply writing checks.

Cook also discussed his decision last year to come out as gay:

Looking back, he says that he primarily acted out of concern for kids who were bullied at school, some to the point of suicide, and because of the many states that still allow employers to fire workers over their sexual orientation. Also, whereas U.S. courts were moving surprisingly quickly on the issue, “I didn’t feel like business was exactly leading the way in the executive suite.”

Cook says that he’d come to the decision of coming out “quite some time ago” and that his announcement was viewed internally at Apple, where his sexual orientation was more or less well known, as a “yawner.” Speaking out so publicly was a big step for Cook, though, who has described himself as intensely private and who is rare among big-company CEOs for being genuinely ill at ease talking about himself. “To be honest, if I would not have come to the conclusion that it would likely help other people, I would have never done it,” he says. “There’s no joy in me putting my life in view.”

Cook remains the only openly LGBT CEO in the Fortune 500.

Read the full Fortune piece here.  

Gay Hook-Up App Planned for the Apple Watch Will Notify You When the Right Guys are Nearby


Planet Romeo is one of the largest gay male social networks used outside of North America. Unlike most U.S.-based gay dating services, Planet Romeo encompasses a rather broad set of online services incorporating aspects of geo-location apps, traditional dating sites, and community reviews similar to Yelp. In its latest move to set itself apart from the increasingly crowded market for digital real estate, Planet Romeo has announced its plans for a mobile application designed specifically to work with the upcoming Apple Watch.

“Imagine being notified as soon as the right guys are nearby or getting turn-by-turn navigation to your next date," said Planet Romeo Chief Product Owner Sven Voges. "PlanetRomeo is a perfect match for the smartwatch. Users will easily view profiles, chat and plan dates on the go.”

While hookup apps like Grindr and Scruff have become ubiquitous across most mobile computing operating systems, none of the larger mobile apps have successfully made the jump onto wearable platforms. It remains to be seen just how a fully-fledged chatting app might work on a small wrist-mounted screen. If Apple’s “digital touch” features work the way Jony Ive and co. have described, however, Planet Romeo may have the most interesting take on the hookup app to date.


College Humor's Tim Cook Explains Why Every New Apple Product Needs a Different Charger: VIDEO


You're not going to like the explanation.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: language)

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Tim Cook Offered Dying Steve Jobs His Own Liver According To New Biography

Cook_jobsIn the last days of his life while struggling with an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer, Steve Jobs learned that Tim Cook, who would eventually become Apple’s next CEO, was a potential blood match. That match meant that in theory Cook could have donated part of his liver to Jobs, which might have prolonged his life.

This new information is detailed in Becoming Steve Jobs, Rick Tetzeli and Brent Schlender’s new book about Jobs as he planned to hand over control of his multi-billion dollar company to Cook. Though Jobs would eventually accept another liver transplant two years later, he initially turned Cook down, resolute in his decision to ride the disease out:

“Somebody that’s selfish," Cook continues, "doesn’t reply like that. I mean, here’s a guy, he’s dying, he’s very close to death because of his liver issue, and here’s someone healthy offering a way out. I said, ‘Steve, I’m perfectly healthy, I’ve been checked out. Here’s the medical report. I can do this and I’m not putting myself at risk, I’ll be fine.’

And he doesn’t think about it. It was not, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ It was not, ‘I’ll think about it.’ It was not, ‘Oh, the condition I’m in . . .’ It was, ‘No, I’m not doing that!’ He kind of popped up in bed and said that. And this was during a time when things were just terrible. Steve only yelled at me four or five times during the 13 years I knew him, and this was one of them."

New 'Game of Thrones' Trailer Unveiled At Yesterday's Apple Event: VIDEO


In conjunction with the announcement of HBO's highly anticipated standalone streaming service at yesterday's Apple Event, comes a new trailer for season 5 of Game of Thrones that can best be summed up as, "No more nice Khaleesi." While the many claimants to the Iron Throne have battled it out in Westeros, Daenerys Targaryen (a.k.a. Khaleesi, a.k.a Mother of Dragons) will finally get her chance to avenge her family and end her wandering in the desert, nurturing baby dragons and amassing armies.

Says Daenerys in dramatic voiceover: "Baratheon. Starks. Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that one's on top, and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel." 

While much seems set to change in season 5, one thing we can still count on is Dario Naharis (Michiel Huisman) and his shirtless good looks.

Check out the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...


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