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This article was published on May 15, 2010

Steve Jobs replies to another email, but this time it’s personal…

Steve Jobs replies to another email, but this time it’s personal… Image by: Mark Evans
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Gawker bloggers certainly know how to push Jobs’ buttons.

This time it’s actually the Gawker blog (rather than subsidiary Gizmodo) and its Contributing Editor Ryan Tate – although Tate didn’t disclose himself as a Gawker blogger till later on in the thread.

On Friday night, after watching one of the company’s new ads promoting the iPad  as “revolutionary”, Tate decided to sit down with a cocktail (probably a few) and email Jobs into explaining just how revolutionary a closed platform could be.

A question about “freedom” and a reference to Bob Dylan (famously Jobs is a big fan) turned into a lengthy email thread and much of the same Jobs stubborness with a disappointing ending because well, pulling the “what have you done that’s so great” card is just…cheap.

Besides, Jobs should know better than to get into a discussion with a blogger (not that he knew he was one) late on a Friday night. Wonder what the Apple board would make of this.