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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Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Mon 10th Sep 2012 15:28 UTC
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"he had been betrayed by the two young men he had been attempting to mentor."

What an utterly arrogant opinion to hold. Even in the timeline in question, Google were a hugely successful multi-million dollar business and Schmidt (et al) were anything by "n00bs" needing the guidance of Jobs.

I swear to God, peoples evangelical views of Apple just get crazier and crazier.

Anyhow, and @Thom; if you think the article is BS, then why publish it here?

Edited 2012-09-10 15:31 UTC

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RE: Comment by Laurence
by bassbeast on Tue 11th Sep 2012 01:17 in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
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Uhhh...BOTH companies stole their little behinds this a surprise? Wasn't it Jobs who said "great artists steal" or something to that effect?

And following some of the links down the line i think this article gives a better overview of Google, who are anything but warm and fuzzy..

The simple fact is its tech folks, and there isn't a single company in tech that made it to the top without ripping off everything that wasn't nailed down, going all the way back to Jobs ripping off Xerox and Gates ripping off Jobs.

Anybody who think Apple is "innovating" just hasn't paid attention, that's all. Of course you can replace Apple in that previous sentence with pretty much any fortune 100 tech company, MSFT, Google, Oracle, you name the company I can find a couple of dozen pages listing the stuff they ripped off from other people.

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by Soulbender on Tue 11th Sep 2012 02:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
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Wasn't it Jobs who said "great artists steal" or something to that effect?

Heretic! Stop spreading that evil anti-Apple propaganda. Lies, lies and lies! Apple use pixie dust and purple elephant dung to make magic and that's a fact.

Edited 2012-09-11 02:25 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by sgtrock on Tue 11th Sep 2012 02:53 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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