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Steve Jobs’ brutal response to an employee who asked why Apple engineers aren’t paid more

By on January 4, 2016 at 1:08 PM.

Steve Jobs’ brutal response to an employee who asked why Apple engineers aren’t paid more

Life as a software engineer at Apple is pretty good, but the perks and salary provided by the company have long paled in comparison to some of the benefits that other tech companies like Google are famous for bestowing upon their employees. So while the pay as a software engineer at Apple is certainly nothing to scoff at, you won’t often find Apple atop of lists ranking which companies in Silicon Valley offer the most lucrative employment contracts.

Recently, Flipboard co-founder and former Apple engineer Evan Doll sent out a few tweets recalling a brief and somewhat classic story involving former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. According to Doll, he was once at an all-hands meeting in 2007 when a brave employee got up and asked why software engineers at Apple were underpaid.

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Elon Musk: Steve Jobs was kind of a jerk

By on December 15, 2015 at 12:13 PM.

Elon Musk: Steve Jobs was kind of a jerk

Though he softened up a bit later in life, Steve Jobs in his heyday was a notoriously demanding and mercurial man who wouldn’t accept anything less than perfection. In his quest to change the world, Jobs’ expectations were unwavering.

Not surprisingly, many have been quick to note the strong parallels between Jobs and Elon Musk, a modern-day visionary hell-bent on popularizing electric vehicles with Tesla and making commercial space travel a reality with SpaceX.

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Banksy paints Steve Jobs portrait to highlight Syrian refugee crisis

By on December 12, 2015 at 2:15 PM.

Banksy paints Steve Jobs portrait to highlight Syrian refugee crisis

Banksy, the legendary graffiti and street artist whose identity still remains something of a mystery, recently paid a visit to the “Jungle” Refugee Camp in Calais, France where he left four new pieces of compelling artwork. Of particular note, though, is a piece depicting Apple co-founder Steve Jobs carrying what appears to be an original Mac and a bag – full of what we presume are his personal items – over his shoulder. Banksy titled the piece, “The Son of a Migrant from Syria.”

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Steve Jobs talked about building an Apple car seven years ago

By on November 4, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

Steve Jobs talked about building an Apple car seven years ago

On the season premiere of Bloomberg’s ‘Studio 1.0’ this week, Emily Chang had a chance to sit down with current Nest CEO and former Apple executive Tony Fadell to discuss a wide range of topics, from his relationship with Steve Jobs to the influence that Apple had on the way he runs his business today.

It’s a fascinating conversation, but one specific tidbit stuck out. More →

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‘Steve Jobs’ Movie Bombs: What Went Wrong With the Apple Drama

By on October 26, 2015 at 6:52 PM.

‘Steve Jobs’ Movie Bombs: What Went Wrong With the Apple Drama

When Amy Pascal allowed “Steve Jobs” to leave Sony for Universal, the studio chief fretted that she had let a modern day “Citizen Kane” slip through her fingers.

The strikingly literate biopic about the Apple co-founder was brilliant she noted, but after Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale passed on the title role, it lacked a major star, limiting its commercial prospects. In the end, Pascal, whose job was already threatened by a string of flops like “After Earth” and “White House Down,” couldn’t justify the risk.

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‘Steve Jobs’ movie is a box-office bomb, earns just $7.3 million on opening weekend

By on October 26, 2015 at 9:15 AM.

‘Steve Jobs’ movie is a box-office bomb, earns just $7.3 million on opening weekend

The long-awaited Steve Jobs biopic opened up in theaters across the country this weekend. Only problem is, not many people were all that interested in seeing it. Even with little competition at the box office, the film only managed to generate $7.3 million, opening up in 7th place. Believe it or not, the film fared just a tad better than the universally panned first Steve Jobs movie, titled JOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher.

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‘Steve Jobs’ movie review: A surprisingly boring and uninspired film

By on October 23, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

‘Steve Jobs’ movie review: A surprisingly boring and uninspired film

With high expectations, I went to see the new Steve Jobs movie earlier this week with some friends. Penned by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, the movie seemed like a surefire hit. Especially given the tremendous job Sorkin did on The Social Network, I was anticipating a similarly riveting movie going experience.

The reality was the exact opposite. In a word, the movie is boring. It’s dreadfully boring.

As advertised, the entire movie consists of just three scenes, each set before a major product announcement from Steve Jobs. While this type of scheme is clever in theory, it falls horribly flat in practice.

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One of Apple’s first employees talks Steve Jobs movie, Tim Cook and more in exclusive interview

By on October 22, 2015 at 12:54 PM.

One of Apple’s first employees talks Steve Jobs movie, Tim Cook and more in exclusive interview

Heading to the theater to watch a big-budget Hollywood treatment about the life of a friend you met in college who died only a few years ago is the kind of thing that would no doubt be fraught with complex emotional texture for the average person.

All the more so when you’re Daniel Kottke, Apple’s “employee number 12” who met Steve not long after they both arrived at Portland’s Reed College in the 70s. More →

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New ‘Steve Jobs’ clip features an intense Woz berating Jobs

By on October 9, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

New ‘Steve Jobs’ clip features an intense Woz berating Jobs

Jony Ive might not have any interest in seeing the Aaron Sorkin penned Steve Jobs biopic, but it’s a safe bet that the upcoming film will attract a lot of interest once it opens up to a widespread release later this month. In an effort to keep the hype train going, Universal Pictures yesterday put out yet another tantalizing clip from the film

Starring Seth Rogan as Woz, the clip below features Woz flat-out questioning just what in the world Steve Jobs does. Taking umbrage with Jobs’ condescension, Rogan goes off on Jobs and calls into question the skills, if any, he brings to the table. Not missing a beat, Jobs calmly fires back: “I play the orchestra. And you’re a good musician. You sit right there, you’re the best in your row.”

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Never-before-seen video of Steve Jobs shows Apple co-founder’s softer side

By on October 6, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

Never-before-seen video of Steve Jobs shows Apple co-founder’s softer side

On the fourth anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death, ABC News obtained a never-before-seen video of Jobs which depicts a somewhat rare look at the former Apple CEO’s softer side. The video was provided by Apple and is perhaps intended to counteract some of the more negative depictions of the Apple co-founder that we’ve been seeing as of late in films such as Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.

In the video below, filmed before a gathering of Apple employees the day before the iPhone was officially unveiled, we see a smiling and laid-back Jobs casually talking about his personal theory of business management, the iPhone, and even why he was prone to wear ripped jeans.

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Steve Jobs convinced Mark Zuckerberg to travel to India when Facebook wasn’t doing well

By on October 1, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

Steve Jobs convinced Mark Zuckerberg to travel to India when Facebook wasn’t doing well

For some time now, Facebook has faced pressure to dramatically increase the size of its user base. As it stands today, Facebook has about 1.5 billion members across the globe, a figure which represents about 21% of the entire world’s population. Consequently, Facebook has long looked toward India as a surefire way to rapidly expand its global reach. With a population of over 1.5 billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world and clearly an important cog in Facebook’s continued expansion efforts.

The only problem is that the majority of people in India (an estimated 800 million) still don’t have Internet access. Facebook’s solution? Provide free Internet access to the masses.

So as part of Facebook’s ongoing effort to develop a working and amicable relationship with India, Mark Zuckerberg earlier this week hosted Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi. If this at all sounds familiar, it’s because Modi over the past week has been on something of a Silicon Valley rockstar tour, sitting down for meetings with Tim Cook, newly minted Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and even Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

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