“The book also provides insight into the unraveling of Jobs’ relationship with Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google and an Apple board member from 2006 to 2009. Schmidt had quit Apple’s board as Google and Apple went head-to-head in smartphones, Apple with its iPhone and Google with its Android software,” Metz, Ortutay and Robertson report.
“Isaacson wrote that Jobs was livid in January 2010 when HTC introduced an Android phone that boasted many of the popular features of the iPhone. Apple sued, and Jobs told Isaacson in an expletive-laced rant that Google’s actions amounted to ‘grand theft,’” Metz, Ortutay and Robertson report. “‘I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,’ Jobs said. ‘I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.’”
“Jobs used an expletive to describe Android and Google Docs, Google’s Internet-based word processing program. In a subsequent meeting with Schmidt at a Palo Alto, Calif., cafe, Jobs told Schmidt that he wasn’t interested in settling the lawsuit, the book says,” Metz, Ortutay and Robertson report. “‘I don’t want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.’ The meeting, Isaacson wrote, resolved nothing.”
Much, much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: No wonder Eric T. Mole crawled out of his hole so fast and on to TV talk shows immediately after Jobs’ passing to attempt to rewrite history and pretend to be Jobs’ friend. He must’ve had an idea this was coming soon.
Hopefully, Tim Cook will carry on Jobs’ fight for justice with the same determination!
MacDailyNews Note: Steve Jobs via Apple’s iBookstore (U.S.16.99) here: Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Wil" for the heads up.]
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