Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd May 2012 16:13 UTC
Google Google CEO Larry Page was interviewed on Charlie Rose recently, and there was certainly some interesting stuff in there. Sadly, the interview suffers from the curse of modern journalism in that it was all a bit timid and civil (no truly harsh and confronting questions), but despite that, it's still a good watch. Two quotes from Page really stood out to me.
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RE: are you kidding?
by organgtool on Wed 23rd May 2012 21:17 UTC in reply to "are you kidding?"
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Let's break this down one company at a time:

Oracle: Not a competitor in the mobile space, so it wouldn't be logical for Google to think that they'd be sued by a company that doesn't compete in this sector.

Apple: Right in the summary for this article, Page mentions that Google had no knowledge that Apple was working on a mobile OS. Again, it wouldn't make sense for them to expect lawsuits from a company not in the mobile market.

Microsoft: Windows CE had been around for a while when Google purchased Android, but Microsoft has only become more offensive with their patents in the past few years since they are losing marketshare (and mindshare) in several of their markets.

Of course, anyone should anticipate legal battles if they become successful enough, but I don't think anyone in 2005 could have expected Google to be sued by even one of these companies over Android, let alone all three.

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