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Jobs Vowed Revenge On Google’s Schmidt For Android

Eric Schmidt file photo: TDG LLC

Although Schmidt left some of the most heartfelt eulogies to Steve Jobs when he passed away earlier this month, Jobs was reportedly gunning for revenge.

Prior to his death, writer Walter Isaacson had already started writing a tell all biography about Apple’s CEO, founder and tech giant Steve Jobs. The book, due out Monday, will focus on all aspects of Jobs’ life however one of the reports flurrying around the internet is that Jobs was seeking revenge on Eric Schmidt.

Jobs sat on Apple’s board from 2006-2009 when it became apparent there may be a conflict of interest brewing with Google and Android. Until this time though, Schmidt was a confidant of Jobs and they had a great relationship with iOS shipping with Google Search and Google Maps.

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Isaacson report that after Schmidt left Apple’s board of directors, Jobs felt betrayed.  He felt especially betrayed when HTC and Google released a device in January 2010 with multi-touch.

Jobs apparently told Isaacson
“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. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this”

Jobs apparently met with Schmidt at a cafe in Paolo Alto and told Schmidt:

“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”

Before these snippets of Isaacson’s book started to surface many thought that new Apple CEO Tim Cook rather than Steve Jobs was behind all of these patent lawsuits.

The book by Isaacson is supposed to hit e-shelves and book shelves on Monday

source: Phone Arena



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  1. Can you imagine if Apple’s shareholders had heard that Jobs was willing to spend all 40 billion of Apple’s money to bring down Android? I can see how that shareholders update would have gone, “Okay everyone, I just wanted to start out by letting you know that while we are completely broke, 2011 was a banner year for revenge. We can no longer afford to make anything, but at least we took down Android!”

    Then they would have recommended that everyone buy a Blackberry.

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