FORTUNE -- The news that Apple (AAPL) has hired Kevin Lynch, formerly Adobe's (ADBE) chief technology officer, to be its new vice president of technology, has sparked something of a civil war among Apple partisans.
Wired's Steve Levy called Lynch a "star."
Daring Fireball's John Gruber called him a "bad hire" and a "bozo."
"Now we find out," tweeted Dave Winer, not entirely in jest, "if Gruber secretly runs Apple."
So who is Kevin Lynch?
Lynch also has deep roots at Apple. He worked at General Magic with Bill Atkinson and Andy Hertzfeld from the original Mac team, and at Macromedia with Apple marketing VP Phil Schiller and Randy Ubillos, creator of Apple's iMovie and Final Cut Pro. His personal webpage lists among the heroes that inspired him Douglas Engelbart, Alan Kay, Tim Berners-Lee and Steve Jobs.
But Lynch is perhaps best known for his public tussle with Jobs in 2010 over Apple's decision not to support Adobe Flash on the iPhone and iPad. Lynch made several videos during that period that he probably now regrets, but they give you a rare chance to see an Apple vice president close up.
Star or bozo? Judge for yourself:
From AllThingsD: Lynch defending Flash
From AllThingsD: Lynch defending Creative Suite 5
From YouTube: Lynch running over an iPhone with a steamroller
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The equivalent, in podcasting news, of Conan O'Brien leaving NBC for TBS
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It's known as a disruptor, but the secret of Apple's success may be its incrementalism
It's a bit of a shock to hear TidBITS tech editor Glenn Fleishman describe the iPhone as a "plain phone," but in many ways it is. As he explains it:
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How the news of the Mac's next operating system -- Mountain Lion -- got disseminated
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One of the most fascinating panels on the Macworld stage during last week's Macworld | iWorld expo in San Francisco was a conversion about "The State of Apple" among Macworld editor Jason Snell, Daring Fireball's John Gruber and Chicago Sun Times columnist Andy Ihnatko.
We've excerpted the part that interested us most: 5:40 about what happens to Apple (AAPL) without Steve Jobs at the helm.
Our favorite bit: Ihnatko on why more companies don't emulate Apple.
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A cellphone eavesdropping scandal casts a shadow on Apple's competitors
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A few gems among the flood of tributes
If you have time for only one story about the life and death of Steve Jobs, read Steve Levy's 5,000-word tribute in Wired.com.
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If Jobs were not so talented, if MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 6, 2011 9:55 AM ET
Gruber, Mossberg, Om and more. Walking the media line at the iPhone 4S event
This 53-second YouTube video is what you might call media inside baseball.
It was shot outside Apple's (AAPL) Town Hall auditorium while the invited press cooled their heels in advance of Tuesday's iPhone 4S event.
That's the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg with the white Van Dyke at the 28-second mark. Daring Fireball's John Gruber is the tall guy in dark MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 4, 2011 10:28 PM ET
Apple watchers are reading a lot into the invitation to next week's special event
If one assumes -- as many were on Tuesday -- that Apple (AAPL) puts as much thought into the iconography of its invitations as it does into the icons on its computer screens, there are several conclusions one could draw from the "Let's talk iPhone" e-mail sent to selected member of the media.
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