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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by kaiwai on Tue 11th Sep 2012 16:08 UTC
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Oh Jesus H Christ - the issue isn't money (that happens to be a flow on effect) but Steve saw this as a the PC vs. Mac wars again with Google being the 'Microsoft' in this case and he was hell bent on ensuring that it would be a repeat of history. One thing to remember about Steve Jobs is that Apple and Steve Jobs are pretty much one in the same - Apple being an extension of Steve Jobs thus anything that is perceived to be a threat results in an emotional response hence the 'going thermonuclear' was his response. He has a view of history that he was shafted from the market by Microsoft and he is hell bent on ensuring that his re-emerged Apple won't suffer the same fait hence we see the law suits we see today.

Personally I'm happy that Microsoft no longer has Bill Gates given that the focus is now on products rather than endless litigation but I wonder to what extent will the drama play out between Samsung and Apple only for there to be a anti-climatic finishing where Apple saves face. Long run it makes no sense for Apple to chase after Samsung but it seems that Apple lacks confidence about its future and products if it feels the need to take the litigation route rather than putting out products to the market and let consumers make their own choice.

As for me, I'm looking at getting a Samsung Galaxy S3 in the next couple of months - nothing to do with the litigation and everything to do with the fact that 'one size doesn't fit all' - I want a big ass screen, sdcard and user replaceable battery which is something Samsung provides and Apple doesn't hence the move away from Apple when it comes to phones.

Edited 2012-09-11 16:09 UTC

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