Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Mar 2013 22:17 UTC
Apple Apple's Phil Shiller has been trash-talking Android in the press these past few days - just as Samsung is about to launch its Galaxy S4. "Public, preemptive slamming of a competitor is far outside Apple's PR wheelhouse; it's a dramatic shift for a company used to making news rather than reacting to it. But why is it happening?" The Verge hits the nail on the head: "Cupertino's behavior this week is yet another symptom of Samsung's stratospheric rise in the smartphone market globally, a rise that challenges Apple and has outright stifled Android competitors like HTC and Sony."
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It's the "No Steve" effect. Just speculating, but Apple probably had a lot of typical petty MBA types in upper management that Steve likely kept them in check.

Fighting fire with fire.

Apparently the new guy in charge at Apple isn't following in Steve's footprints and the petty crap is starting to show through.

At the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, the founding emperor issued a decree banning the education of all eunuchs working at court and any involvement in the political process, because previous dynasties had fallen to court intrigues from the eunuchs.

After he died, one of his sons usurped the throne and disregarded the policy, eventually allowing eunuchs to once again influence politics and infighting.

Basically, what I'm saying is that MBAs are eunuchs, and if they aren't, should be made into some.

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