Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Sep 2012 14:51 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Apple Written by Scott Cleland: "With so many fanboys spinning Silicon Valley history, it's sometimes easy to forget about the real chain of events that led to the ongoing Apple-Google thermonuclear war, how the romance turned to hate. This timeline presents an interesting case about why, despite patents and prior art, Steve Jobs had plenty of personal reasons to despise Schmidt, Page, and Brin." Cleland has a very, very good point; quite coherent and well-reasoned... That is, if you haven't got a single shred of historical sense and completely and utterly ignore the 30-odd years of mobile computing development that preceded our current crop of smartphones. It's hard not to be reminded of how certain groups of people dismiss millions of years of fossil records because this record inconveniences their argument. In any case, a comment on the article answered the question properly: "Jobs was a businessman. He was angry he was losing money. Simple."
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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by sgtrock on Tue 11th Sep 2012 02:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
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Actually, in a sort of meta-theft, Jobs apparently got it from Pablo Picasso. While I can't find an authoritative source, I know I heard it long before Apple was founded. I had always heard it was Picasso who said it, though.

The full quote is either, "Good artists copy, great artists steal" or "Good artists borrow, great artists steal." I assume something was lost in the original translation from Spanish to English.

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