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Schmidt defends Google, mourns Jobs

2011-11-08 09:30

Seoul - Google chair Eric Schmidt has mourned Steve Jobs' death, but defended Google as a great innovator despite the Apple co-founder's allegations that the internet search giant stole innovations from the iPhone.

Schmidt told reporters on Tuesday that he is still "very sad and recovering from the sense of loss" from Jobs' death in October and therefore does not think it's right to comment on Jobs' words in Walter Issacson's biography.

The biography was released after Jobs' death and drips with vitriol as Jobs argues Google stole from Apple's iPhone to build many of the features in Google's Android software for rival phones.

Schmidt said most people would agree in general that Google is a great innovator.

Comments
  • tristan.kilian - 2011-11-08 09:56

    The Windows concept was "stolen" from Apple who originally had a windows interface even in the days of DOS. The mouse was stolen from Apple as well.

      PatPion - 2011-11-08 10:10

      Actually, I believe the mouse was stolen from IBM.

      JimG - 2011-11-08 10:20

      Actually, the mouse driven windowing user interface was invented by Xerox at their Pallo Alto Research Center and both Apple and MS saw it there. Steve's boys where just the first to make it work.

      droplet - 2011-11-08 10:35

      actually, the xerox parc was working. it was just never released commercially. apple were five years behind xerox with lisa and macintosh using a GUI. the mouse was developed from military trackball research in the 1950's. douglas engelbart invented the mouse in 1963. his patent expired before tefunken release their mouse, shortly (very shortly) before xerox released a mouse. apple were FAR behind on the mouse...

  • calewinter - 2011-11-08 10:08

    "The Xerox Alto (and later Xerox Star ) was an early personal computer developed at Xerox PARC in 1973. It was the first computer to use the desktop metaphor and mouse-driven graphical user interface (GUI)". Apple continued to develop these ideas. Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_graphical_user_interface#Xerox_Alto_and_Xerox_Star

      PatPion - 2011-11-08 10:10

      Don't believe everything you read on Wikipedia. :-)

      droplet - 2011-11-08 10:57

      wikipedia is actually quite accurate. you could always follow the citations if you're unsure... :)

  • destonian - 2011-11-08 11:01

    Apple never steals others' ideas!! :P Ask any Apple sheep :-D Strange this from yesterdays news though.... must have been a mistake :P Just like the Photoshopped photos used by Apple to compare the iPad to the Galaxy Tablet "The district court in Mannheim, Germany, said on Friday Apple may not sell certain mobile devices in Germany that infringe on two Motorola Mobility patents related to wireless technology. If Apple does sell the devices, it has to pay a fine of up to 250,000 euros, according to the court."

  • Willem - 2011-11-08 11:16

    You should all watch "Pirates of Silicone Valley" - great movie! Explains a whole lot! MS & Apple are equally guilty of idea theft.

      PatPion - 2011-11-08 11:18

      Yeah, good movie! I think IBM came out worst after all the thieving. :-)

  • michael.wiles1 - 2011-11-10 11:06

    Steve Jobs, according to Isaacson's biography, spued in _many_ directions, not just at google. It wasn't all that difficult to raise his ire. Furthermore Jobs notoriously claimed other people's ideas as his own. He was not very good at giving credit to others.

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