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Re/wind: Jill Abramson and Time Inc.'s Joe Ripp at Code/Media, Upcoming Apple Event Hyper and More

Jill Abramson still doesn't know why the NYT fired her and Apple gets ready for its event next week.

In case you missed the big headlines this week, don’t sweat it — Re/code’s got you covered:

  1. On Thursday night, we hosted our Code/Media event in New York at the Steelcase WorkLife Center, featuring former New York Times editor-in-chief Jill Abramson, ESPN President John Skipper, Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp and DigiTour Media co-founder Meridith Valiando Rojas. Some highlights: Abramson still doesn’t know why she was fired from the Times, but is gearing up for her next job, while Ripp thinks it’s 1999 all over again, and Skipper believes millennials will make the jump from low-cost Web TV to high-end cable. For more, you can find all of our coverage here.
  2. It appears that Apple is set to unveil two new products — a new iPhone and a smartwatch — at its event on Tuesday. Excitement among Apple fans for both products is high (there’s already a line forming outside the flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York), and the event comes on the heels of news that Apple has continued its smartphone dominance with 42 percent U.S. market share. As for what the wearable itself might be, sources say executives have been discussing a $400 price tag, but no definitive word yet on what the thing actually is. If reading the tea leaves is what you’re into, however, then you should know that Apple just hired Marc Newson, an industrial designer known for crafting unique items such as furniture, bicycles, and, yes, even watches.
  3. Though Apple may be the king of consumer tech right now, it’s obviously not the only company making a big wearables push. In fact, reviewer Katie Boehret test-wore Motorola’s Android-compatible Moto 360 earlier this week, a $249 product that could possibly give whatever Apple’s coming out with a run for its money. The Moto 360, among other new offerings, is part of Motorola’s new strategy to offer competitive products at prices lower than Apple or Samsung.
  4. Oh, that celeb iCloud hack from last week? The transformation in Apple’s response went like this: On Monday, a spokeswoman said Apple was “actively investigating” the cause. Then the company released a second statement saying it was “outraged.” Later on, the company said it would start urging users to activate a security protection known as two-factor authentication.
  5. Katie Jacobs Stanton, the head of Twitter Media who assumed the role in early July, talked to Re/code about her goal to get more media partners around the globe to use Twitter as a distribution platform. For more details, check out the whole interview.
  6. On Thursday, the White House announced that former Google executive Megan Smith would be America’s next chief technology officer. Previously, Smith was a VP in the Google X research division, and CEO of the online LGBT community PlanetOut.
  7. Tired of watching your smartphone battery go from 100 percent to kaput in a matter of hours? Here are some handy tips to help you preserve your battery life.
  8. The viral content empire BuzzFeed is investing significant resources in its fledgling but serious business section, and it wants you to take notice.
  9. Sure, global smartphone leader Samsung has been able to innovate its way out of trouble in recent years, but with Apple’s mega-event next week and the products set to be announced, will Samsung’s innovation or its latest offerings be enough?
  10. The mysterious Google-supported life sciences company Calico will be opening up a $1.5 billion center to study aging. No word yet on what this means for getting an AARP membership.

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