Daniel Dilger, writing at AppleInsider:
According to an unverified report from a source who worked with
Push Pop Press co-founder Mike Matas, Jobs met with the fledgling
company and warned Matas that if he pursued building dynamic
books targeted at the App Store he would risk intellectual
Matas, a former designer at Apple, reportedly used a variety of
patented technologies developed at Apple to deliver his plans for
Push Pop Press. His company intended to give publishers a way to
develop smoothly interactive titles that blurred the line between
book and app.
The story I’ve heard is a little different, and a lot less dramatic. What a well-informed little birdie told me is that it wasn’t a legal threat over patents or technology, but rather something more like Panic’s classic story about iTunes and Audion (or maybe you more like Jobs’s hint regarding the then-upcoming iPhoto at the end of that tale). I.e. that Jobs more or less warned Push Pop Press that Apple was going in the same direction, in a big way. A competitive warning, not a legal threat.
★ Friday, 20 January 2012