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  • Philanthropy Talk Nixed by Steve Jobs in Isaacson Interviews


    Although the world still remains largely in awe of just how candid Apple CEO Steve Jobs was in his interviews with biographer Walter Isaacson, there were, indeed, ground rules and off-limit topics.

    According to details presented by Issacson during a recent speech, Jobs refused to talk philanthropy and how his enormous wealth would be used after his passing. Jobs, as we know, received no shortage of criticism for refusing to participate in "The Giving Pledge" campaign launched by his fellow mogul friends Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. The campaign seeks to have the wealthiest men and women in the world leave their wealth to philanthropic organizations and causes upon their death.

    Isaacson admitted that not only did Jobs "ignore a personal phone message from Bill Gates" imploring the Apple icon to give up his riches to The Giving Pledge, he also took a shot at his longtime tech rival: "Bill Gates was better at philanthropy because he didn't care about making great products."

    Already the best-selling book of 2011, there are apparently plans in the works to expand the 630-page book in the future. "One possibility is doing an extensively annotated version," Fortune reports. "Another is writing an addendum that addresses the period surrounding Jobs' death."

    "This is the first or second draft," Isaacson revealed. "It's not the final draft."

    Source: Fortune
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Philanthropy Talk Nixed by Steve Jobs in Isaacson Interviews started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by merismus View Post
      There is someone else who is remebered after all his attrocities: Adolf Hitler!

      And dont forget when apple was 90 days of being bankrupt who was the one who injected 150.000.000 USD to bring it back on its feet?... Mr.Bill Gates!
      Well you have to think also that Mr. Gates developed Apple exclusive Office suite in the start of Apple Computers. (limited exclusive but still). MS and Apple have had many ties along the way.
    1. dmbsituation's Avatar
      dmbsituation -
      Quote Originally Posted by merismus View Post
      There is someone else who is remebered after all his attrocities: Adolf Hitler!

      And dont forget when apple was 90 days of being bankrupt who was the one who injected 150.000.000 USD to bring it back on its feet?... Mr.Bill Gates!
      Jobs will be remembered as a visionary to many people other than Apple employees... unlike Hitler. Bad example.

      Yeah, Gates was just being kind... not trying to avoid anti-trust laws or getting Apple to use Office products, which in turn helped defeat a competitor to Office.

      Microsoft to invest $150 million in Apple - CNET News

      "Observers say the deal, while a shot in the arm for Apple, also may help Microsoft by keeping antitrust charges at bay. Apple represents one of the only alternatives to Microsoft's Windows and the Microsoft-Intel hegemony.

      ...

      More than 8 million customers use Microsoft Office for the Macintosh, making it "the single largest revenue Mac application," Maffei said. "It's a very important application for Apple and its customers, and it's a very important application for Microsoft and its customers. It's a several-hundred-million-dollar item."

      Gates didn't become a multi-billionaire by giving away money unnecessarily.
    1. qumahlin's Avatar
      qumahlin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Stephen. View Post
      Please say that again once Mac OS has a larger market share than Windows. Once it gets more widely used, I guarantee you there will be malware for it. As of August, Windows still have 87% of the market share in PCs vs 6% of Mac OS. If you were someone making a virus, do you make it for the 87% or the 6%? And are you kidding me about the exploitable bugs? You do realize that the ENTIRE WORLD of jailbreaking is based on bug exploits in Apple's software right? I love Steve Jobs, but his views on philanthropy is definitely questionable.
      You're wrong. This argument has been lost over and over. Want to start with your iphone comment? Why is it iphones have a majority market share, yet android has 99% of the malware?

      You also don't seem to realize that the high price of macs make them IDEAL targets. It's beyond hysterical to be under the impression that every single malware developer in the world hasn't tried to prove it wrong. The bottom line is there will never be a self propagating virus/malware for OSX. Any possible infection vector will rely on you, the user, to type in your password, which if you do that is your own fault. You will never see a drive by download with OSX.

      I mean even Google has gotten lazy with security when it comes to droids, Ice Cream Sandwich is the first droid build to include ASLR
    1. G113764's Avatar
      G113764 -
      Being in a position of great wealth you are privy to certain information (like how others acquire their wealth). Including what organizations are BS and redirect your donated money so people "at the top" can live like kings. Don't believe the hype, your money is not going where you intend it to go. Not saying this is his reason; me personally, I would kill myself before I let a lazy crooked person get rich off of my blood sweat and tears.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by qumahlin View Post
      You're wrong. This argument has been lost over and over. Want to start with your iphone comment? Why is it iphones have a majority market share, yet android has 99% of the malware?

      You also don't seem to realize that the high price of macs make them IDEAL targets. It's beyond hysterical to be under the impression that every single malware developer in the world hasn't tried to prove it wrong. The bottom line is there will never be a self propagating virus/malware for OSX. Any possible infection vector will rely on you, the user, to type in your password, which if you do that is your own fault. You will never see a drive by download with OSX.

      I mean even Google has gotten lazy with security when it comes to droids, Ice Cream Sandwich is the first droid build to include ASLR
      Don't forget that OS9 had as much or less market share yet was swamped with viruses and malware.