Steve Jobs Was Willing to “Go Thermonuclear War” on Google


The media spotlight shone brightly (and rightfully so) on Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs in the week or so following his death. Now reporters will focus on the wife he left behind, Laurene Powell Jobs, and what she’ll do with the fortune she will inherit. Through a spokeswoman, Ms. Powell Jobs, has declined many interview requests.

But that’s an issue that’s likely to be over-shadowed, at least for the time being, by a book detailing Steve Jobs‘ life and the Apple vs. Google bloodfeud.

According to the Huffington Post:

Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Steve Jobs offers an unprecedented look at the Apple co-founder’s battle-cry against Google, a company he thought was guilty of a “grand theft” when it launched its Android operating system, which competes directly with the iPhone and has surpassed it in popularity.

“I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this,” he told Isaacson of the patent lawsuit Apple filed against cell phone manufacturer HTC.

The Iphone vs. Android rivalry/competition is going to shape the market battle over smartphone domination for years to come. Blackberry is already falling way behind and into the realm of obsolescence.
Getting back to Ms. Powell Jobs, the Wall Street Journal highlights the direction she might go with her future philanthropy/where some of that Apple fortune might go:

Ms. Powell Jobs has become a leader in education policy, advising nonprofits and politicians, says Ted Mitchell, chief executive of NewSchools Venture Fund, whose board Ms. Powell Jobs joined five years ago. The Jobs family has donated millions of dollars to the group, he says, and her work “is even more effective because she does this work quietly, constantly, with incredible integrity and great insight.”

Ms. Powell Jobs worked at Merrill Lynch Asset Management and Goldman Sachs in the late 1980s.

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