FORTUNE -- The first thing you learned when you sat down with Steve Jobs was that the interview was off the record. And it stayed off the record. No matter how innocuous the quote, no matter how much time had passed, Apple (AAPL) public relations wouldn't let you use it.
So it doesn't surprise me to learn from a story Monday in the Hollywood Reporter that Jobs insisted that the room be cleared before he gave a deposition in a 2010 case about the terms of Apple's deal with Emminem's music publisher. Or that the courtroom was cleared before that deposition was read to the jury. Or that the judge ordered the transcript sealed.
Now the estate of Rick James and other plaintiffs are trying to use that depostion in a separate lawsuit. It may well be, as Apple claims, that the depositions Jobs and Apple VP Eddy Cue gave two years ago are "highly confidential" and contain "proprietary trade secrets" about Apple's relationships with the music labels.
But it almost doesn't matter. Apple's lawyers are going to fight their release for as long as it takes.
Jobs invited Leslie Moonves to help him disrupt show business. Moonves passed.
"I told Steve, 'You know more than me about 99 percent of things but I know more about the television business.' "
That's Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS (CBS), recalling a meeting with Steve Jobs last year.
Jobs was trying to talk him into providing TV shows and movies for a subscription content service Apple (AAPL) was assembling.
Moonves declined, according to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 11, 2012 7:19 AM ET
The network has dropped the celebrity blogger whose site issued the erroneous report
Hours after a false report Friday that Apple's (AAPL) CEO had died set newsrooms around the world scrambling for confirmation, CBS News severed its relationship with both What's Trending, the site that issued the erroneous tweet, and the celebrity blogger who produced it, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Shira Lazar, 28, a Canadian-born actress and TV personality, launched the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 10, 2011 9:40 PM ET
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* In recent months, Google has come under attack for lashing out at Apple, Microsoft, and RIM, which in turn led those companies -- not to mention Silicon Valley insiders -- to criticize the Internet giant right back. Search Engine Land's Danny Sullivan penned an excellent point-by-point rebuttal to MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 8, 2011 6:30 AM ET
The 13,465-square-foot office will house parts of its entertainment division.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Google (GOOG) has picked up some real estate in a city-owned building in Beverly Hills. This isn't its first foray into the City of Angels. Google, earlier this year, announced it would be acquiring 100,000 sq. feet of space in the landmark Frank Gehrey "Binoculars Building" in Venice – close to Apple's (AAPL) advertising agency Media MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 6, 2011 11:09 PM ET
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