October 24th, 2011
02:17 PM ET

Steve Jobs: new biography, new video, new revelations

For Apple watchers and fans of Steve Jobs, there's a lot to digest today.

There's the just-released official biography by Walter Isaacson, new audio recordings of Steve Jobs on "60 Minutes," and and a video of Apple's memorial for the late co-founder.

Apple has released the video of its company-wide service. Available on Apple.com, it's simply called "A Celebration of Steve's Life."

In it, Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals Jobs' parting advice to him: "Don't ask what I would do. Don't ask what I would want. Just do what's right."

The official biography is now available for download via iTunes and Kindle. And already, some juicy highlights are getting posted online.

Here is an excerpt (h/t Danny Sullivan) about a shouting match between Steve Jobs and Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Jobs tried to dissuade them from developing the Android operating system.

In fact, he offered Google guaranteed iPhone access and home screen icons to NOT develop Android.

And finally, there's the "60 Minutes" interview with Jobs' official biographer Walter Isaacson (a former chief of CNN). He conducted over 40 interviews with Steve Jobs over two years, and has just released some of the audio recordings from those interviews.

One remarkable story is how Steve Jobs accidentally met his biological father at a Mediterranean restaurant in Silicon Valley. Not knowing the tech titan was his own son, Abdulfattah John Jandali had boasted that Jobs "was a great tipper."

Steve Jobs said he shook hands with Mr. Jandali and that was it. The two men never spoke again.

soundoff (One Response)
  1. Inini

    Always nice to see your presentation...and when you finish.

    I wish Steve accepted advice and went for operation earlier – a lesson for us all.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Reply

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