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How Steve Jobs reacted when one of his top lieutenants joined Palm

Photo: Ben Stanfield/Flickr CC

Breaking news — Steve Jobs didn’t like people joining companies he perceived as being subpar. Photo: Ben Stanfield/Flickr CC

Sure, Steve Jobs might not have been quite the one-man-temper-tantrum he was portrayed as for much of Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography, but he still wasn’t someone you wanted to get on the wrong side of.

According to authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli in their new book Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader, Jobs flipped out after former Apple exec Jon Rubinstein decided to join Palm in 2007: never again speaking with a person he had been close to for years.

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Steve Jobs rudely snubbed Neil Young’s peace offering

Photo: Wikipedia

Neil Young. Photo: Wikipedia

Steve Jobs didn’t like Neil Young.

That much is evident from an excerpt from Becoming Steve Jobs, a highly anticipated book on the late Apple co-founder that comes out Tuesday. Jobs’ hatred for Young was so strong that he even refused a peace offering from the multi-Grammy-winner.

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Jony Ive was almost fired by Steve Jobs

"Will design for food." Photo: Apple

“Will design for food.” Photo: Apple

Steve Jobs planned to boot Jony Ive out of Apple the very first time he met him, according to an explosive new revelation from the forthcoming biography Becoming Steve Jobs.

“He came over to the studio, I think, essentially to fire me,” Ive told the book’s authors, Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, in an interview.

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Steve Jobs’ high school yearbook lands on eBay for $13,000


The luscious hair didn’t last into the Apple years, unfortunately. Photo: Homestead High School

Have you always wanted to own a piece of Steve Jobs history, while also disposing of $13,000 in a hurry?

If so, you may be the perfect buyer for an eBay copy of the high school yearbook for Steve Jobs’ graduating class, in which the long-haired future Apple co-founder looks more on course to be voted “Most likely to start a progressive rock band” than “Most likely to become CEO of the world’s most valuable company.”

Carrying a Buy It Now price of $12,999.98 (or an opening bid value of $4,999.98), the book currently belongs to a fellow student at Homestead High School, who spoke with Cult of Mac about the sale.

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Why did Steve Jobs make Tim Cook watch Remember the Titans?

Remember the Titans is a movie starring Denzel Washington as a shouty coach who turns a disorganized football into a crack, disciplined outfit. Credit: Disney

Remember the Titans stars Denzel Washington as a shouty coach who turns a disorganized football team into a disciplined outfit. Photo: Disney

A few days before he died, Steve Jobs asked Tim Cook over to his house to watch a movie together.

The movie he selected was Remember the Titans, a football drama starring Denzel Washington. It’s set in the South, and concerns the struggles of integrating a racially mixed team during the civil rights’ era. Cook was surprised by Jobs’ choice of movie — Jobs had little interest in sports — but he said they talked about it afterward.

Why would Jobs, who had recently stepped down as Apple CEO and appointed Cook in his place, want to watch this movie with his successor just a few days before he died? Was he trying to pass on some crucial knowledge?

I re-watched the movie last night and have a pretty good idea.

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Relive all 13 minutes of Apple’s iconic silhouette ads in one video

Dance like everyone is watching. Photo: Apple

Dance like everyone is watching. Photo: Apple

Do you remember the first time you saw one of these cool iPod & iTunes commercials? Surely you were impressed with the motion, the cool white earbuds and silhouetted dancers, and the hip soundtrack pulsing out from your TV. It was like nothing we’d ever seen before.

Ciat/Day’s iconic silhouette ads captured the cool of the iPod brand without trying to make us identify with any specific actor or band (at least at first). The iPod came out in 2001, but it wasn’t until 2004 that it had any kind of mass-market success, due to both the fact that iTunes went PC, and these ads.

You can now watch all 22 of these iconic ads in one long, 13 minute stretch, thanks to the Steve Jobs Documentary YouTube Channel.

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Tim Cook: Steve Jobs phoned my mom to discuss my social life

Steve Jobs gives his commencement speech at Stanford in 2005. Photo: Stanford University

Steve Jobs wasn’t the one-dimensional guy he’s sometimes portrayed as. Photo: Stanford University

Over and over you hear stories about Steve Jobs being, well, a jerk. A recently released anecdote, however, tells a different story: Jobs apparently cared so much about workaholic Tim Cook having a life outside Apple that he phoned Cook’s mom to talk about it.

It’s pretty charming — and just about the polar opposite of the clichéd anecdotes that paint Jobs as a screaming, slave-driving perfectionist who only looked up from his work long enough to yell at some poor, quivering employee.

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What do Steve Jobs and James Bond have in common? Turtlenecks. Black turtlenecks.


CEO by day, super spy by night. Photo: Sony

The name’s Jobs, Steve Jobs.

Sony has released the teaser poster for its upcoming, eagerly-anticipated new Bond movie, Spectre, and — correct us if we’re wrong — but doesn’t it look as though 007 has ditched the customary tux to slip into something a little more… Jobsian?

In what may be the most exciting James Bond/Apple crossover since the famous fake letter from Sean Connery to Steve Jobs, style icon James Bond cosplaying as Apple’s late CEO is perhaps the best compliment Apple can be paid as it continues to take on the fashion world. Certainly, the likeness hasn’t escaped the Interwebz, whose denizens have already jumped into action with the appropriate parodies:

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Fassbender poses as Steve Jobs in fake NeXT poster

Photo: Sean Nung/Instagram

Photo: Sean Nung/Instagram

Filming for the upcoming Steve Jobs moving got underway yesterday at the San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House for a major scene in the movie where Steve Jobs unveils the NeXT computer in October 1988.

The set was crowded as hundreds of people came to the set to be extras in the picture, and Danny Boyle’s production crew tried to make it as authentic looking as possible. They even put up fake NeXT posters around the opera house feature Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs posing with the NeXT cube.

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Steve Jobs was already preparing Apple for his departure in 2004

Long before Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, he was already planning his successor.

Long before Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, he was already planning his successor.

Although he ultimately ran the show at Apple until the middle of 2011, Steve Jobs began thinking about succession plans as early as 2004, when he was just 49 years old, according to a new Fast Company excerpt of the upcoming book Becoming Steve Jobs.

2004 was one year after Jobs had a medical scan which revealed he had a tumor in his pancreas. While it was later revealed to be a rare type of pancreatic tumor which grows slower than usual, at the time Jobs was told that he should expect to live no longer than three to six months. 2004 was, of course, years before Apple unveiled the iPhone and iPad: two of the devices for which Jobs is best remembered.

The book excerpt also reveals that, right up until the very end, Tim Cook was convinced that Steve Jobs had a longer role to play at Apple as chairman.

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