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Netgear CEO apologizes for remarks about Steve Jobs

updated 09:25 am EST, Tue February 1, 2011

Lo stands by business criticisms

The CEO of Netgear, Patrick Lo, has apologized for some remarks about Steve Jobs made in the midst of criticizing Apple business practices. "Once Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away, then Apple will have to make a strategic decision on whether to open up the platform," Lo said at one point during a lunch in Sydney, Australia. Because Jobs is on an indefinite medical leave and has had recurring cancer-related problems, some people reportedly interpreted Lo's statement as a reference to Jobs dying.

"I stand by the opinions I stated on the business issues," part of a new e-mail from Lo reads. "Supporting open standards and environments in order to ease seamless networking integration of multimedia content is good for the consumer and good for content providers.

"However, I deeply regret the choice of words I used in relation to business decisions Apple must grapple with in the future in relation to open vs. closed systems, which have been construed by some to be references to Steve Jobs' health and which was never my intention. I sincerely apologize that what I said was interpreted this way, and I wish Steve only the very best."

Even if Jobs avoids a fatal medical crisis while at Apple, some observers have suggested that his health may force him to retire within the next few years. The current leave is his third since 2004, when he was originally diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Special concern has been raised by the fact that unlike in 2009, there is no fixed end to the leave, and no hint of Jobs' condition.

by MacNN Staff



  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Too late


  1. Blairmc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Saw this coming

    Perhaps it was intentional for the free press?

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oh well

    fire yourself. damage is done.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All it did...

    All it did for me was ensure that I'm never buying a Netgear product EVER.

  1. facebook_Jimmy

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Feb 2011


    All it did too

    Same here, no more netgear products.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Big deal, move on.

    He apologized - as he should have. But that's about it.

    We all know Steve Jobs has health problems, we can talk about what it means in private. He let it slip in a public place - hence the apology.

    Actually some stock holders may talk about it very publicly - the implications are real for Apple.
    Although this guy was implying its going to help Apple, because the company can finally get past this strategic decision to cede the market to Android.

    eh, what can I say, I'm a little uncomfortable with the subject also - I'd rather just say Steve is wrong, and leave it at that.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No Netgear for me either

    Talking about open system, I can see his mouth is truly wide open.

  1. ElectroTech

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Last time I buy Netgear

    Great way to alienate your customers. Don't worry though, you can tie you wagon onto Microsoft who's market share is dropping.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    come on you guys, it's sounding a little childish here. Besides you shouldn't have been buying Netgear in the first place.

  1. eXtensions

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Clumsy: at best

    It was not simply a suggestion that Jobs might die. The transcript is available on the Australian, Daily Telegraph and he says, "And I think, as long as Steve Jobs lives, all right, so there's no way they are going to open it up", linking this to the openness (or not) of iOS.

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