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Jobs' "Thermonuclear" Quote is Fair Game in Motorola Trial, Says Judge

Authored by: Steven Blum — Jun 4, 2012

According to a Judge who's presiding over Apple's suit against Motorola, the late Steve Jobs' fighting words against Android are fair game as evidence in court. Jobs let it all hang out in his oft-quoted interviews with biographer Walter Isaacson, saying that he would go "thermonuclear war" on Android after the company "wholesale ripped off" Apple

"I'm going to go destroy Android, because it's a stolen product," he told Isaacson. Jobs called Android a "grand theft." Now, these fighting words just might bite the company in the ass.

Apple last month filed a request to keep this quote, and others from Walter Isaacson's biography, out of the court in the company's litigation, but the request was denied. This is important because these statements of prejudice could be used to portray Apple as a company willing to go to any lengths in their fight against Android. I believe this portrait is accurate.

Time and time again, Apple has shown that it will do anything to try to beat Android in court. There was the time they falsified evidence to make it appear as if the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looked identical to the iPad. They also have desperately attempted to patent things that are clearly un-patentable, all the while blatantly stealing what they like from the newest editions of Android's OS.

Ultimately, the fact that Steve Jobs had such hatred towards Android is highly relevent to any court proceeding. You don't find memos with Eric Schmidt's name attached calling Apple names for copying Android because Google's fight against Apple has been all business. With Jobs, it was personal. 

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Source: Reuters

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • I believe GOOGLE would rather spend its time & financial resources developing new technology to enhance Android Tablets & Smart Phones (vs. courtroom expenses) ... I also believe that "once upon a time" Apple was doing the same thing (I noticed there haven't been any Apple litigation lawsuits against Microsoft - will that be next?) but not anymore now that their sales margin is decreasing in the Global Smart Phone market .... Steve Jobs was an Innovator (yet Steve Jobs also had a HUGE ego and it rears an ugly side in the book several times)

  • Great news.

  • PatPion Jun 5, 2012 Link to comment

    Android FTW!

  • the great news is....Android is superior and will certainly PREVAIL

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