Summary Box: Google chairman Schmidt defends co.

ON THE DEFENSE: Google chairman Eric Schmidt defended his company as a great innovator and says work on its Android phone system began before the efforts on the iPhone.

WHAT PROMPTED THIS: In Walter Issacson’s biography on Steve Jobs, the late Apple co-founder alleges that Google stole ideas from Apple’s iPhone.

MOURNING THE DEATH: Schmidt says he’s still “very sad and recovering from the sense of loss” from Jobs’ death and does not think it’s right to comment on Jobs’ words in the biography.