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Apple's Steve Jobs Threatened 'Thermonuclear War' on Google Android

Steve Jobs
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The CEO felt the features were "grand theft" and declared he'd "spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong."

Steve Jobs wanted to "go thermonuclear war” on Google's Android software because he felt it was "grand theft" of Apple's features, according to his biography.

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Jobs said he'd “spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," according to an excerpt in the Associated Press (via Bloomberg).

Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs details how tension ran so high between Jobs and then-Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Schmidt was forced to resign from Apple's board in 2009.

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“I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product,” Jobs said in the book, according to the AP. “I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

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Isaacson's biography hits stores on Oct. 24, and will be features on CBS News' 60 Minutes, which will feature details on how Jobs regretted refusing surgery for pancreatic cancer to instead focus on homeopathic cures.

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“He said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened ... I didn’t want to be violated in that way.’ He’s regretful about it,” Isaacson said. “I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking ... We talked about this a lot.”