Will Steve Jobs' final vendetta haunt Google?
Posted on: 02:19 PM IST Oct 24, 2011
San Francisco: Google can only hope that Steve Jobs' final vendetta doesn't haunt the Internet search leader from his grave. The depths of Jobs' antipathy toward Google leaps out of Walter Isaacson's authorised biography of Apple's co-founder. The book goes on sale on Monday, less than three weeks after Jobs' long battle with pancreatic cancer culminated in his October 5 death. The Associated Press obtained a copy Thursday.
The biography drips with Jobs' vitriol as he discusses his belief that Google stole from Apple's iPhone to build many of the features in Google's Android software for rival phones. It's clear that the perceived theft represented an unforgiveable act of betrayal to Jobs, who had been a mentorto Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and had welcomed Google's CEO at the time, Eric Schmidt, to be on Apple's board.
Jobs retaliated with a profane manifesto during a 2010 conversation with his chosen biographer. Isaacson wrote that he never saw Jobs angrier in any of their conversations, which covered a wide variety of emotional topics during a two-year period.
After equating Android to "grand theft" of the iPhone, Jobs lobbed a series of grenades that may blow a hole in Google's image as an innovative company on a crusade to make the world a better place. "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's USD 40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs told Isaacson."
I'm going to destroy Android because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go to thermonuclear war on this. They are scared to death because they know they are guilty."