In his authorized biography “Steve Jobs,” the dying Apple co-founder told Walter Isaacson he was so incensed by the Google’s theft of iPhone operating system, technology and other innovations to create the Android phone that he would launch a battle to end all battles.
Jobs said to Isaacson: “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
The Silicon Valley legend said he would risk the very existence of Apple to punish Google. “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.”
Alas, Jobs is no longer with us, but Google got the message and is working over Congress of a patent “hall pass” tucked inside a bill rapidly working its way through Congress.