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Preview: Steve Jobs biographer on 60 Minutes on Sunday

With the official Steve Jobs biography set to arrive on Monday, here's a preview of the biographer's interview on 60 Minutes and links to leaks.

The official biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs arrives on Monday and the man who was hand-picked by Jobs to write his life story, Walter Isaacson, will be on 60 Minutes on Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern/Pacific to talk about that story, his experience working with Jobs, and some of the book's most interesting revelations about the intensely-private Apple co-founder.

EDITED: You can now watch the 60 Minutes interview online:

And, here are a couple related links that are worth a look:

TechRepublic will have further coverage of the biography next week, with a perspective on Jobs' most important contributions to the tech industry, any information in the book on his views toward IT and the enterprise, and his overall approach and impact on the business world.

Some information from the book is already starting to leak out. Take a look at the links below

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9 comments
J.C.Alexandres
J.C.Alexandres

The Jobs bash is coming later, let the poor guy be buried normally, not by a bunch of sour bashers! Jobs' was a guy that pushed people to do their job better, then marketed the product and sold it to limits nobody could, and yes, that's corporate America, but when America doesn't do it, then the British do it, and when the asset try to walk away from their "umbrella", they kill it, want to talk about Jimi Hendrix? One more thing about Steve Jobs, he was not a cry baby!

JCitizen
JCitizen

That old hippy mother earth attitude will bite you in the @ss every time!

garyleroy
garyleroy

I'm sure this will be a true to life, biography, from a hand-picked-by-Jobs writer and no doubt submitted for Apple's approval. Just a nice guy. Really. Just read his biography if you don't belive it.

seanferd
seanferd

Who is Steve Jobs? The fifth Beatle? How long is this eulogy to last?

warpuck
warpuck

Edison had his think tank. Look what at his relationship with Tesla was. Tesla and Westinghouse was not any better. Its cheaper to just take an idea that someone else has proven and not pay for it. Remember the Weed Eater ? Sears just copied it. The inventor went bankrupt defending his patent. Microsoft did same thing to those those who would not sell. Job's genius was in packaging and promotion. I don't think Apple would have got off the ground without Steve Wasniak. Wasniak's idea wasn't totally original, but it was the first one that was practical. Unlike Tesla, Wasniak not likely to die a resident in a cheap hotel.

The Management consultant
The Management consultant

Its a bit strange to understand that Mr jobs was soo out of touch but simply understandable about all unwitting CEO's present and past.Apple based their OS on Free BSD took the dock from sun, and goodness knows what from open source.Put it in a pot,simmered, and called it a new dish.Selling the jar and contents together. The press then quotes Mr jobs as declaring war on Android for copying his ideas? Not sure what those are?The source development does not fit into Android. Surely somewhere down the line this will be clarified.For success take an OS off the shelf,developed it, and put a few more things from the opensource shelf and the UK innovation Jar to make dinner.At the bake off his old enemies Android win the competition and make Open Source work eroding Apples bottom line.Whilst failing MS picks up ideas that fell off the wagon after everyone else has finished. Simply explaiined?? What a world emotional corporate American is........

EthicalLoner
EthicalLoner

One could also say he is "almost" single handedly responsible for all the techno-junkies out there now. We needed a phone that takes pictures? We needed a phone that tracks our every move and knows and reports our whereabouts 24/7/365? We needed a phone that connects us to everything and everybody all the time? We needed a phone that has really done little more than distract most of its users from the things they SHOULD be doing but don't because they "need" to be online 24/7? We needed a phone that is capable of spilling the beans about all our most secret information? We needed yet another avenue for hackers and miscreants of all types to wreak their special kinds of havoc on millions of people? For crying out loud - most people barely, if at all, understand the concept of a PC or MAC and its intricacies and security short comings. And this same bunch is punching buttons and doing things with their "phones" that would make even a mildly security concerned person cringe! So how about some "praise" for THOSE wonderful things Jobs brought us?

relawson
relawson

But the " man hand-picked by Jobs to write his life story," probably wouldn't have been picked if Steve knew he was going to just turn around and sell the rights after he was dead to the highest bidder.

garyleroy
garyleroy

A national park I visit has an evening "get together" room for campers etc., complete with fireplace, tables couches and chairs for evening relaxing. Going in there is like entering a room full of zombies, staring at screens and phone buttons. Even couples sit together, staring at their look-alike laptops or tablets, only occasionally commenting on something they see there to their partner. No games, no conversations, no reading, just gadget junkies. Yeah, great legacy, nice job in lining Apples financial portfolio with the proceeds from your victims.