Google’s reality distortion field.

Wow, Larry Page, CEO of Google, sure does live in a bubble…

Page expects his employees to create products and services that are 10 times better than the competition

Ok…name one.

…it’s hard to find actual examples of really amazing things that happened solely due to competition. How exciting is it to come to work if the best you can do is trounce some other company that does roughly the same thing?

Truth. Look at all the me-too’s like Android, cheap tablets, “Ultrabooks”, plastic smartphones…hey, what ever happened to Google TV, Wave, et al.?

You may say that Apple only does a very, very small number of things, and that’s working pretty well for them. But I find that unsatisfying.

125 billion. In cash. And counting. And they work. As advertised. Much like the Cube…oh wait…

A great deal of my effort is spent making sure that we have a great user experience across our core products. Whether you’re in Chrome or Search or Gmail, it’s just Google, with one consistent look and feel. It’s not a good user experience if there are 50 different ways to share something. That requires integration.

See what I mean? RDF. He’s talking like he is the CEO of Apple.

On Steve Jobs’ “thermonuclear” comment:

How well is that working?

12.5 billion for Motorola. Not a single substantial case won against Apple, but many lost. ITC/EU investigations. FTC pledge to withdraw all FRAND/SEP litigation. Countless failures in court for Google and it’s partners. I’d say it’s working pretty well Larry….

Android has been very successful, and we’re very excited about it.

Really? Still making more money off iOS than Android…

Read the rest at the link above…if you must.


A logical evolution…

John Paczkowski for AllThingsD:

In a trio of product timelines submitted into evidence and released to the public on Friday as part of the company’s case against Samsung, Apple tracks the evolution of Samsung’s smartphone and tablet designs against those of the iPhone and iPad and hammers home its view that Samsung “slavishly” copied them both.

Call the crap app police! Or don’t…

Chuq von Rospach on the recent bruhaa about crap apps in the App Store:

There’s a kerfluffle going on with the Apple App Catalog over “crap app”, which is a bit of a misnomer because the primary anger is being aimed at developers who build apps aimed at grabbing money with poorly designed copycats of more famous apps. Sort of like what Zynga now does for a living, but not on Facebook.


What caught my eye were phrases being thrown about like “Apple’s missed opportunities to prevent disaster were such simple and quick fixes”, which, once I stopped laughing, made me want to cry in sympathy.

It’s not simple. It’s not quick. If it was, Apple would be doing it.

Recommended reading from someone who knows a thing or two about the issue.