Steve Jobs: Google's "Don't Be Evil" Mantra is "Bulls***"

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During that Apple town hall meeting we mentioned earlier this week CEO Steve Jobs reportedly had some choice words regarding Google that left little doubt about how the outspoken executive sees the competition. Updated.

That "Don't be evil" slogan Google's known for? "Bullshit" Jobs said, after which he was reportedly rewarded with a big round of applause from the gathered throng of Apple employees.

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Also about Google, Jobs said that company "entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won't let them."

Jobs also singled out Adobe, calling the company "lazy" because, in his opinion, "they have all this potential to do interesting things but they just refuse to do it." Jobs also criticized Flash for being buggy. When a Mac crashes, it's usually because of Flash, he reportedly told the crowd. "The world is moving to HTML5", he said.

Reports that the town hall meeting was adjourned with a gavel that made a loud Bing sound were completely fabricated and made up by me just now.

Update: Mac Rumors and Daring Fireball have an update on this. Most of Wired's quotes are paraphrased, and with that came some discrepancies between what may have been said and what was written to page. One change being "bullshit" was probably more along the lines of "full of crap." So, same sentiment, different word choice. Also, while the lazy quote hasn't been disputed, the tone may have been. Daring Fireball's John Gruber said an attendee wrote to say Jobs was actually very nostalgic about the "kick ass Adobe of old."

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Update 2: We're now learning that the next iPhone update with be an "A+ update" (which probably means "substantial," but that's no surprise). Furthermore, on that front, the updates will be such that Google/Android "won't be able to keep up" with them (meaning competition lit a fire, perhaps?).

Other juicy tidbits:

- The Lala folks are probably destined for the iTunes team
- The Macs for 2010 are "going to take Apple to the next level" (???)
- And, Blu-Ray software "is a mess," and Apple will continue to keep its distance until sales take off

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There are many posters here who just don't "get it".

First of all, Jobs in no time in his life chose to use something as "bullshit" as Google's "don't be evil" slogan. If you chose that slogan to begin with shouldn't you at least try to live by it rather than pretend to?

The fact of the matter is that Google has never been about "don't be evil". It has been the exact opposite. They subscribe to the Republican mantra that if you tell a lie long enough to as many people as you can that they're just dumb enough to believe you. That's why P.T. Barnum said, "nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people."

Jobs was gracious enough to let Schmidt onto his board to show him Apple's plans and how did Schmidt respond? He promptly stabbed Jobs in the back by immediately launching their own counter product. Schmidt was nothing more than a two bit sleazy spy.

Secondly, Jobs is absolutely correct in stating that Adobe's Flash should be better. I'm willing to bet that Apple had their engineers talk to Adobe's to try to help them to improve their product but Adobe was unwilling to do very much which caused Jobs to dump on them. If Adobe would come out with a flash the way Apple needed, they would have gladly used it.

As you can all see, Apple has been unwilling to hamper the user experience of these low powered devices like the Touch, iPhone and the iPad, even going so far as limiting the multitasking so that the user experience is better. They absolutely, positively do not need a resource hog on their small personal devices to clog up their power. Not to mention how Flash is very unstable. So why is that so damn difficult for some people to understand? This is tech 101.