Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

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Steve Jobs' health wouldn't allow him to continue as CEO.
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Aug24August 24, 2011: Steve Jobs steps down as Apple CEO as his health worsens, with Tim Cook assuming the role of Apple’s seventh CEO.

“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” Jobs writes in his retirement letter to the Apple board. “Unfortunately that day has come.”

Barbra Streisand calls Tim Cook to fix her biggest gripe with Siri

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Singer Barbra Streisand and husband James Brolin.
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Getting iPhone bugs fixed is apparently super-easy if you’re a world-famous diva.

Barbra Streisand says she recently had a huge bone to pick with Apple over the way Siri pronounces her last name. So the singer did what only Barbra Streisand could do: She dialed Tim Cook’s personal phone number.

Could Tim Cook be doing a better job at Apple? [Friday Night Fights]

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Do you think Apple is in a good place under Tim Cook?
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It’s been almost five years since Tim Cook was named Apple CEO, and during that time the company has seen some pretty incredible highs. But there have been some significant lows, too.

Friday Night Fights bug The recent fall in iPhone demand is perhaps the most significant setback, leading to Apple’s first quarterly decline in revenue in 13 years. Cupertino has also been criticized for releasing unpolished products and buggy software in recent years.

So, is Cook doing enough to keep Apple one step ahead of the competition, or does he need to do more? Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we discuss Cook’s first five year’s as Apple CEO.

Is Apple Maps still the laughing stock of maps apps? [Friday Night Fights]

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Is Apple Maps your first choice?
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The release of Apple Maps with iOS 6 was so disastrous it led to the firing of Scott Forstall, former SVP of iOS, and to a rare public apology from CEO Tim Cook.

Friday Night Fights bug Almost four years on, Maps is in a very different place. Apple has worked hard to iron out the kinks and add new features that help the service compete with rivals like Google Maps. But is Apple Maps still the laughing stock of maps apps?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fights as we battle it out over the state of Apple Maps.

10 things we learned from Tim Cook’s most revealing interview yet

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Tim Cook was ranked the nation's top CEO by ExecRank.
Tim Cook had a lot to say.
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Due to Apple’s secrecy, and the company’s marketing-driven need to stay “on message,” interviews with senior execs can often be frustratingly free of revelations. That’s not the case with the recent in-depth interview the Washington Post did with CEO Tim Cook, however.

Here are the 10 most interesting tidbits we learned from Cook’s most revealing chat yet.