“Steve Jobs’ legacy at Apple Inc. goes well beyond cool gadgets, a thriving retail chain and a media content empire,” David Sarno reports for The Chicago Tribune. “He also launched the company’s all-out legal war on Google Inc.”
“The campaign is rooted in Jobs’ belief that Google and mobile device manufacturers that use its Android software copied key design and technology features from Apple’s iPhone and iPad,” Sarno reports. “‘I’m willing to go to thermonuclear war on this,’ Jobs told author Walter Isaacson for his recently released biography. ‘I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product.'”
“Victories by Apple would enable it to extract hefty ransoms from any phone-maker that uses Apple-like technology, or to force its rivals to water down or remove popular features from their smartphones, including screens that respond to multiple finger touches, the graphical display of text messages, and the way users send email and browse the Internet,” Sarno reports. “That type of technological rollback, analysts and patent attorneys say, could demolish much of Google’s recent success in the $160 billion smartphone market, and give Apple an unparalleled advantage in the industry.”
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