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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sergio
Member since:
2005-07-06

What does Google know about cars??!!? What cars have to do with their business?!? It's all smoke, vapor, demagogy for nerds.

At least, headphones are related to Apple business, they sell music and music players and Beats will improve their products and customer experience.

I hate companies like Google that tries to conquer the world instead of focusing on their (faulty) products. Google must improve their _horrible_ stuff like Google+, Android or Youtube before trying to reinvent the wheel.

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

What does Google know about cars??!!? What cars have to do with their business?!? It's all smoke, vapor, demagogy for nerds.


Driverless cars provide a perfect opportunity for bored occupants to use the internet during that dreary commute.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

And ads relevant to where the car is and/or is going. ;)

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I hate companies like Google that tries to conquer the world instead of focusing on their (faulty) products


Oh, you mean just like Apple who instead of focusing on their core product (computers and operating systems) are expanding into unrelated businesses like audio/video players, phones and streaming audio and video?

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mkone Member since:
2006-03-14

"I hate companies like Google that tries to conquer the world instead of focusing on their (faulty) products


Oh, you mean just like Apple who instead of focusing on their core product (computers and operating systems) are expanding into unrelated businesses like audio/video players, phones and streaming audio and video?
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Apple's core product is the iPhone!

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

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Edited 2014-06-02 10:23 UTC

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