Steve Jobs bio reveals intense battle with Google

The highly anticipated release of the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson has gathered even more steam in the last 24 hours as excerpts of the book have begun to leak out, reports. The revelations in the 630-page book are wide ranging and in some cases quite surprising, but some of the most interesting passages are devoted to Jobs’ views on the rival Android operating system from Google. While many observers had long assumed that Apple, riding high on the success of the iPhone, had a mostly dispassionate and detached view of Google’s smartphone operating system, Isaacson reveals that exactly the opposite was true. The book quotes Jobs as saying, “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong… I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

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Laura Ascione