Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Jun 2010 22:07 UTC
Apple When Apple announced its iAd mobile advertising initiative, many of us wondered how this would effect other mobile advertising agencies on the iPhone, and more specifically, Google's AdMob. Well, now we know: Apple has revised its iOS developer agreement to specifically lock out Google's AdMod. And then people wonder why Apple is no longer the darling of the geek world.
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by Laurence on Wed 9th Jun 2010 07:41 UTC in reply to "...."
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I understand why Apple is doing all this, they are a business and they know how to make money.

That asside, even MS in its dark days of, well, evil wasn't this controlling and cut throat. Will we remember Jobs as the brilliant visionary? or the evangelical tyrant of "Think Different, but only if it's like Me."

...personally, the lines are starting to blur for me.

It's not that blurred to me, but then I've never seen Steve nor Apple as any more visionaries than say:

* Bill Gates and Microsoft + IBM: a computer in every home was a radical idea at the time.

* Or some of the guys at Xerox: the GUI was revolutionary - it's just a pity they weren't the ones that pushed it.

* Or Audio Highway - the first guys to release an MP3/digital audio player - years ahead of Apple and their iPod

* Or Google with the way how they've revolutionised online search and advertising

* Or Borland with the way how they've pioneered development environments

...and that's not to mention the old buys of IT like Turing and co, but you get the general idea I'm driving towards.

People talk about Steve Jobs as if he was a hero among men, but he wasn't. He was just one of countless visionaries in a very busy industry. He just had higher standards than most. However even that isn't always ideal as sometimes standards can get in the way of usability (eg price tag, closed ecosystem, people want functions outside of the original spec, etc).

Edited 2010-06-09 07:43 UTC

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