Ap­ple founder street name shakes Paris sub­urb to the core

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

He changed tech­nol­ogy and how the world com­mu­ni­cates. Now, five years af­ter he died, Ap­ple founder Steve Jobs may be re­mem­bered in an­other way-on a Paris street. “Rue Steve Jobs” is among names short­listed for one of the new roads in the French cap­i­tal’s south­east­ern 13th ar­rondisse­ment that will lead to a new in­cu­ba­tor for hi-tech start-ups.

The tech ti­tan’s name was put for­ward by the dis­trict’s so­cial­ist mayor who cred­ited Job­swhose com­pany al­tered the face of com­put­ing, rev­o­lu­tionised mu­sic with the iPod and launched the iPhone and iPad-with “chang­ing our daily lives”. But the mayor, Jerome Coumet, has faced a back­lash from elected Com­mu­nists, who in a state­ment said “the re­al­ity of the legacy” of Jobs was “in­suf­fi­cient wages” and “forced over­time” for Ap­ple sub­con­trac­tors.

They also hit out at what they al­leged was the tech­nol­ogy gi­ant’s “use of il­le­gal tax ar­range­ments” across the globe. Coumet said he was not seek­ing con­tro­versy. “I wanted a name that speaks to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble,” he said. Among other sug­ges­tions was Alan Tur­ing, in mem­ory of the Bri­tish math­e­ma­ti­cian and com­puter sci­en­tist whose wartime work al­lowed the al­lies to crack Ger­man codes and de­feat Nazism. Grace Mur­ray Hopper, an Amer­i­can com­puter sci­en­tist and for­mer Navy rear ad­mi­ral who pi­o­neered cod­ing, is also pro­posed.

Cur­rently dubbed Sta­tion F, names for the start-up hub are to be dis­cussed by Paris coun­cil of­fi­cials in De­cem­ber, be­fore it opens in March next year.

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