The case between Apple and the US government keeps generating a lot of responses, but if there’s one thing you really need to see, it’s ABC’s 30-minute interview with Tim Cook about the matter. It’s no secret around here that I am not a particular fan of either Apple (or any other company for that matter) or Tim Cook, but I am genuinely impressed by Cook’s spirit, insistence, and conviction displayed in this interview.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has firmly and clearly sided with Apple, stating the company will file an amicus brief next week. During a congressional hearing today, Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith pulled out an adding machine from 1912, to drive the point home how old the law is that the FBI is relying upon.
“We do not believe that courts should seek to resolve issues of 21st Century technology with a law that was written in the era of the adding machine,” Smith said.
I still think Apple will eventually lose this whole thing, but hearing Tim Cook say they will take it all the way to the Supreme Court at least reassures me he is willing to take it all the way.
“Soon after Microsoft announced it’s decision to back Apple’s legal battle with its own amicus brief, Facebook, Google and Amazon have stepped in and are reportedly working on similar legal briefs to offer support in court.”
but Bill Gates is on the other side of history