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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are you kidding?
by JoeBuck on Wed 23rd May 2012 16:44 UTC
JoeBuck
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2006-01-11

"I don't think Page and Brin could have anticipated - nor wanted to - that they'd be facing legal assaults from the largest incumbents in technology."

Really? If so, they'd be the most incompetent tech CEOs in history. Of course the competition would resort to legal assaults. They could not anticipate the specifics of the legal assaults, but the idea that the competition would quietly agree to lose if bested by superior technology is extremely naive.

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RE: are you kidding?
by Stephen! on Wed 23rd May 2012 17:23 in reply to "are you kidding?"
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2007-11-24

If so, they'd be the most incompetent tech CEOs in history.


That honor would probably belong to Ballmer. He was the one that dismissed Android as not being a threat back in 2010. - Yet Android seems to have gained more market share, in just a few years, than mobile versions of Windows have, in over a decade.

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RE[2]: are you kidding?
by ebasconp on Thu 24th May 2012 02:54 in reply to "RE: are you kidding?"
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

Nop, you are wrong.

The most incompetent CEOs in the history are Jonathan Schwartz and Stephen Elop!!!

They should be called anti-alchemists; because they converted gold... into nothing.

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RE[2]: are you kidding?
by Nth_Man on Thu 24th May 2012 09:27 in reply to "RE: are you kidding?"
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2010-05-16

With Ballmer, Microsoft even celebrated the iPhone funeral in Redmond.

http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2010/09/microsoft_throws...
http://brooksreview.net/2011/05/ballmer/

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RE: are you kidding?
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 23rd May 2012 17:27 in reply to "are you kidding?"
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2005-06-29

Of course, legal assaults are par for the course - I meant it more in a sense that a few guys on a university doing a search engine on a single server could not have anticipated this.

Edited 2012-05-23 17:27 UTC

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v RE[2]: are you kidding?
by Tony Swash on Wed 23rd May 2012 18:11 in reply to "RE: are you kidding?"
RE: are you kidding?
by organgtool on Wed 23rd May 2012 21:17 in reply to "are you kidding?"
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2010-02-25

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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RE[2]: are you kidding?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 24th May 2012 05:10 in reply to "RE: are you kidding?"
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2006-07-14

Not Oracle, but sun was a major player in the mobile space. There is a reason why Sun wouldn't bless the apache harmony project as Java. Sun had licensed JavaME (Mobile Edition) to dumb phone makers. They have zero market now, due in no small part to google's actions. I totally understand why they *feel* like they've been screwed over. However they weren't in a legal sense.

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RE[2]: are you kidding?
by Tony Swash on Thu 24th May 2012 13:18 in reply to "RE: are you kidding?"
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2009-08-22

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.


To the best of my knowledge Apple has never sued Google.

Google on the other hand now owns a company that sued Apple, sued Apple before Apple sued it, and is suing several companies using FRAND patents.

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