FORTUNE -- Having participated as a Time Magazine editor in my share of Person of the Year selections (I edited the David Ho cover and wrote at least one Steve Jobs "also ran" item), I knew how hard it was going to be for the magazine not to make Barack Obama -- winner of the Presidential election that dominated the news for most of the year -- Time's 2012 POY.
And I wasn't entirely surprised to learn Tuesday that the editors had put Apple's (AAPL) new CEO on its short list of eight finalists -- along with Yahoo's (YHOO) Marissa Mayer, Egypt's Mohamed Morsi, CERN's Fabiola Gianotti (of Higgs Boson fame) and four others. Variety of region, gender and the surprise factor weigh heavily in the editorial winnowing process.
But I didn't expect Tim Cook -- a bland fellow largely unknown outside the circle of Apple (AAPL) watchers -- to make it into the magazine as one of four runners up.
Yet there he is, accompanied by an 2,500-word Lev Grossman essay that begins:
"Tim Cook has the decidedly nontrivial distinction of being the first CEO of Apple since the very first to come to power without blood on his hands."
The three-part piece is titled Tim Cook: The Technologist, and it's available online.
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For the Art Genome Project, Matthew Israel, 34, who holds a Ph.D. in art and archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, leads a team of a dozen art historians who decide what those codes are and how they should MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 10, 2012 5:30 AM ET
An excerpt from his acceptance speech, offered in context and without comment
FORTUNE -- The Republican candidate for President mentioned Apple (AAPL) and Steve Jobs in his acceptance speech at the party's convention Thursday night. Here's what he had to say:
When I was 37, I helped start a small company. My partners and I had been working for a company that was in the business of helping other businesses.
So some of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 31, 2012 11:43 AM ET
The education of Jim Messina, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, started at Apple
FORTUNE -- In the current issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, Joshua Green tells the story of how Jim Messina, Barack Obama's campaign manager, got what Green describes as "the highest-wattage crash course in executive management ever undertaken," starting with Apple's (AAPL) Steve Jobs:
In two long, private conversations, Steve Jobs tore into Messina for all the White House was doing wrong MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 15, 2012 7:20 AM ET
The Oracle of Omaha has a second rule: Don't buy companies you don't understand
FORTUNE -- Some 18,300 people -- more than attended Barack Obama's massive campaign kickoff Saturday -- showed up for Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK-A) annual shareholder's meeting in Omaha yesterday. And judging from the New York Times' live blog, it was a lot of fun. There were cartoons and comedic skits and celebrity appearances, including Bono, Bill Gates and Debbie ("Buffett Rule") Bosanek, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 6, 2012 11:34 AM ET
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"We should support everyone who's willing to work; and every risk-taker and entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs." -- Barack Obama during his State of the Union address (TechCrunch)
* Apple (AAPL) surprised everyone by reporting huge numbers for its latest quarter. iPhone sales spiked 128%, iPad MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jan 25, 2012 11:37 AM ET
The flood of revelations from the year's hottest biography began four days early
The best-laid plans of authors and publishers often go awry when the bookstores get their copies.
Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs -- the most hotly anticipated biography in years, at least in some circles -- was supposed to have a dramatic worldwide laydown on Monday. But to the distress of Isaacson, Simon & Schuster and the dozens of publications that MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 21, 2011 6:22 AM ET
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"You're headed for a one-term presidency." -- Steve Jobs to Barack Obama (The Huffington Post)
"I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product ... I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this." -- Jobs on Google Android (Bloomberg)
* A few tidbits leaked in advance of Walter Isaacson's biography MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 21, 2011 3:30 AM ET
Larry Summers served as Treasury Secretary for Bill Clinton and as economic adviser for President Obama. He offers some light-hearted insight into the many differences in their leadership styles.
FORTUNE -- Larry Summers made waves at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference last week with his candid comments about the Winklevoss twins when asked about his scene in the movie The Social Network. The Harvard professor also talked about how he sees a MOREJul 25, 2011 12:56 PM ET
The social network's real-time access to myriads of content and high levels of user engagement is why marketers keep coming back for more.
FORTUNE -- Hours after Apple (AAPL) announced deep integration of Twitter into various aspects of its iOS mobile operating system, Twitter President of Global Revenue Adam Bain appeared at the Federated Media Summit here in New York City yesterday to discuss the social network's growing reach and high MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 7, 2011 3:18 PM ET
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