Today in Tech: Steve Jobs wanted Android destroyed

October 21, 2011, 7:30 AM UTC

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“You’re headed for a one-term presidency.”
— Steve Jobs to Barack Obama (The Huffington Post)

“I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product … I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
— Jobs on Google Android (Bloomberg)

* A few tidbits leaked in advance of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs:

* A new look for Gmail, somewhat reminiscent of the “Preview” theme that’s currently available, got out early thanks to a video on Google’s YouTube channel. Here’s a peek at what users can expect. (Google Operating System)

* HP (HPQ) executive VP and chief strategy and technology officer Shane Robison is retiring and stepping down from his post on Nov. 1. (TechCrunch)

* Microsoft (MSFT) reported first quarter 2012 earnings, with a 7% climb in sales to $17.4 billion and net income of $5.7 billion. (TechCrunch)

* Is 2013 the year for the “Xbox Next“? That’s what sources are telling one outlet. If true, the upcoming console could be unveiled at E3 2013, just months before release. (Develop)

Cisco (CSCO) is buying startup BNI Video in a deal worth $99 million. (GigaOm)

* Digital textbook startup Inkling, founded by eight-year Apple veteran Matt MacInnis, announced what may be its most significant book release in some ways: a mainstream cookbook. The Professional Chef from The Culinary Institute of America will include multimedia-rich how-to recipes with exclusive videos that reportedly cost more than $100,000 to produce.

* Silicon Valley’s new hiring strategy: don’t bother with a PhD. Get a self-taught kid instead. (Fast Company)

* A video demo of UberMedia’s social platform, revealed earlier this week, and as also reported by Fortune. (TechCrunch)

* Does your phone know more about you now than your mom? (Answer: Yep, probably.) (Ad Age)

* The first iPhone 4S TV ad featuring Siri. (9 to 5 Mac)

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