Today in Apple history: Pixar makes Steve Jobs a billionaire

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The start of Jobs' professional turnaround.
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Nov29November 29, 1995: Capitalizing on the success of Toy Story, Pixar floats 6.9 million shares on the stock market. The IPO makes Steve Jobs, who
owns upward of 80 percent of the company, a billionaire for the first time.

After the windfall, one of the first people Jobs calls is his friend Larry Ellison, already a member of the billionaire’s club.

“Hello, Larry?” Jobs tells his friend on the phone. “I made it.”

Today in Apple history: Toy Story arrives in theaters

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The movie which helped make Steve Jobs a billionaire.
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Nov22November 22, 1995: Pixar’s first feature-length animated movie Toy Story arrives in theaters.

The more successful of Steve Jobs’ business ventures during his wilderness years outside Apple, the box office smash hit makes Jobs’ belief in the power of computer graphics pay off in a big way.

How big? A cleverly-timed decision to time the movie’s launch with Pixar’s public offering turns 40-year-old Jobs into a billionaire.

Beautiful Disney Toy Story: Smash It! 3D Block-Breaker Game Arrives on iOS and Android

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We got it wrong last week, when we thought a cryptic Disney teaser was a clue to something we’ve been salivating over for a few months: the arrival of Android and iOS at Disney’s Infinity platform.

Instead, Disney has released a beautiful Toy Story 3D puzzler game for iOS and Android; and even though it’s not exactly what we’ve been waiting for, it still looks really freaking cool.

Finally, A Sign That Disney’s Infinity Game World Is Coming to iOS? [Updated]

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About a month ago, right after the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, Disney held a small, invitation-only press conference in Los Angeles where they revealed their ambitious, stunning new cross-platform Infinity game universe. They invited us, of course. Only problem was, Infinity had practically nothing to do with anything Apple.

After all the fanfare, when the event was almost over, I pulled aside one of the Disney folks and asked why the heck they’d invited me; turns out iOS is why I was there, and that they had a big mobile-related announcement coming — and this picture just might be its enigmatic messenger.