Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Sep 2012 14:51 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Apple Written by Scott Cleland: "With so many fanboys spinning Silicon Valley history, it's sometimes easy to forget about the real chain of events that led to the ongoing Apple-Google thermonuclear war, how the romance turned to hate. This timeline presents an interesting case about why, despite patents and prior art, Steve Jobs had plenty of personal reasons to despise Schmidt, Page, and Brin." Cleland has a very, very good point; quite coherent and well-reasoned... That is, if you haven't got a single shred of historical sense and completely and utterly ignore the 30-odd years of mobile computing development that preceded our current crop of smartphones. It's hard not to be reminded of how certain groups of people dismiss millions of years of fossil records because this record inconveniences their argument. In any case, a comment on the article answered the question properly: "Jobs was a businessman. He was angry he was losing money. Simple."
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RE[4]: Losing money?
by Windows Sucks on Mon 10th Sep 2012 18:04 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Losing money? "
Windows Sucks
Member since:
2005-11-10

WTF are you smoking there!?!?!
Apple makes money essentially off iPhone and iPad. Anything happens to them - they're dead.
Compared to that, Microsoft can actually hold on for another 10 years - Office on Windows kills anything on Mac.
Google is in a strange place... they kind of have a lot of information hoarded.


? What

Did you pay attention to last quarter. Hello Apple made more money on each separate business then MS made period. MS had a loss. iTunes by its self made more money then MS as a whole last quarter.

MS has NO growth businesses! NONE. Not Windows not Office. And they have money losing businesses like their whole entertainment unit, their cloud unit etc. If Windows and or Office (Cause without Windows Office would not sell) were to ever crash that would be it, MS's other businesses don't make money. Where as Apple's PC division is still growing. Doesn't make a ton of money, but still billions in profits, so do iPods (Even though that business is shrinking)

And if you want to say who would last longer if their main businesses crashed? Last I looked Apple had over $120 billion in the bank. Thats more then MS and Google combined with a whole lot of change left over!

Leave the pipe alone!

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RE[5]: Losing money?
by No it isnt on Mon 10th Sep 2012 18:32 in reply to "RE[4]: Losing money? "
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

No, Apple did not make more money off the Mac than Microsoft did "period". Microsoft had record shattering revenues and profits and decided this was a better time to write off a stupid acquisition than later, when the write-off will make Windows 8 seem even worse. For a failing company, Microsoft still does ridiculously well. Windows 7 is still growing faster than the iPad.

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RE[6]: Losing money?
by Windows Sucks on Mon 10th Sep 2012 18:56 in reply to "RE[5]: Losing money? "
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

No, Apple did not make more money off the Mac than Microsoft did "period". Microsoft had record shattering revenues and profits and decided this was a better time to write off a stupid acquisition than later, when the write-off will make Windows 8 seem even worse. For a failing company, Microsoft still does ridiculously well. Windows 7 is still growing faster than the iPad.


And the write off goes to my point of Microsoft and it's money losing businesses.

And Windows 7 is growing faster then the iPad in place (Meaning most are not new Windows users or new PC's) just upgrades that don't make much money.

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RE[5]: Losing money?
by JAlexoid on Thu 13th Sep 2012 23:06 in reply to "RE[4]: Losing money? "
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Owning stocks in all three companies I kind of tend to look how their financials are going.

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