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How Uncle Sam played an essential role in the creation and development of the iPhone - as well as Steve Jobs and others at Apple.

Surprisingly, Uncle Sam played an essential role in the creation and development of the iPhone - of course, much has been written about the late Steve Jobs and other leading figures at Apple and their role in making the modern icon, and its subsequent impact on our lives. And rightfully so. But who are other key players without whom the iPhone might have been little more than an expensive toy? Tim Harford tells the story of how the iPhone became a truly revolutionary technology.

(Photo: Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

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Tue 6 Dec 2016 23:50GMT

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Mariana Mazzucato - The Entrepreneurial State (p95 – and Chapter 5 in general)

William Lazonick - “Sustainable Prosperity in the New Economy?: Business Organization and High-Tech Employment in the United States” Upjohn Press 2009 

Daniel N. Rockmore - “The FFT — an algorithm the whole family can use” Comput. Sci. Eng. 2 (1), 60 (2000)

Florence Ion - “From touch displays to the Surface: A brief history of touchscreen technology” Ars Technica 4 April 2013 

Danielle Newnham “The Story Behind Siri” Medium, 21 Aug 2015

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