Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2014 21:33 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y

There were two striking pieces of business news this week from America's leading technology brands. On the one hand, Google unveiled a prototype of an autonomous car that, if it can be made to work at scale, promises to end mass automobile ownership while drastically reducing car wreck fatalities and auto-related pollution. Meanwhile, Apple bought a company that makes high-end headphones.

Which is to say that Apple's playing checkers while Google plays chess.

For better or worse, this is exactly why many people seem to hold Google in higher regard than they do Apple. Both Apple and Google are rich and wealthy beyond average-person-measure. Now, which company will be liked more: the one that uses said wealth to develop crazy may-or-may -not-work technologies that can change the world at a massively substantial scale, or the one that stuffs $150 billion in shady bank accounts to avoid having to pay taxes?

The more wealth you hoard, the less sympathetic people will be towards you. Unless, of course, you use that wealth in a very public way.

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by siraf72 on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 10:35 UTC
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AFAIK Apple pays far more in taxes than Google. And both are as bad as each other when it comes to shoddy bank accounts.

The difference is that Google gets a lot of credit for vaporware (non-existent products, not the company). I'm all for Google's initiatives in various fields but exactly zero of them exist in the real world. When they actually release these "crazy" products and services I will be sure to extend them the deserved credit and good will.

As if Apple doesn't have stuff going on in its skunkworks, they just keep stum about it.

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