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Steve Jobs Talks MSFT, Google, and Foxconn

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Steve Jobs was at the Wall Street Journal's All Things D conference yesterday and the soundbites are almost as good as the ones from Carol Bartz's interview last week.

Steve Jobs took to the stage yesterday at the All Things Digital D8 conference. During his interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, the Apple CEO had plenty to say regarding tablets, iPhones and the PC industry. However, one of the more interesting things discussed was Apple's ongoing rivalry with Google and the great platform war with Microsoft.

Steve, Kara and Walt were yesterday talking about how Steve spent a great deal of his career fighting Microsoft and discussed all the platforms around today. Aside from Microsoft and Apple, they hightlighted Android, Chrome OS, even Facebook. Mossberg said that they see it as sort of a platform war and asked Steve if he agreed.

Steve replied, "No. And I never have. We never saw ourselves in a platform war with Microsoft, and maybe that's why we lost."

When Walt and Kara asked Steve about another well known competitor, Google, Steve responded by saying Google decided to compete with them, not the other way around.

"So you just woke up one morning and heard about Android?" asked Walt. "Kinda," Steve said.

The next part is probably the weirdest thing to come out of Jobs' mouth all night. Walt if he felt betrayed by the whole thing and Steve responded with, "My sex life is pretty good." It got huge laughs from the audience but still, very weird.

Walt and Kara also asked Steve about his relationship with Google, pushing him to comment on their rivalry by asking, "Are you going to remove them from the iPhone?"

Steve replied, 'No, we want to make better products then them. … Just because we're competing with someone doesn't mean we have to be rude."

Read more about Steve's D8 interview over on Engadget or head over to the D8 website and check out all the clips of the Q&A session with Jobs.

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    _Cubase_ , June 2, 2010 11:30 PM
    "Just because we're competing with someone doesn't mean we have to be rude." I'm sure the folks at Adobe would agree 100% with that. :/ 
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    False_Dmitry_II , June 3, 2010 12:18 AM
    LORD_ORIONI think we'd all feel better about all of this sweatshop, suicide, Adobe flash and MSFT talk if Apple gave everyone a free iPad.


    Dude, I don't even want a free iPad...
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    touchdowntexas13 , June 2, 2010 11:41 PM
    _cubase_"Just because we're competing with someone doesn't mean we have to be rude." I'm sure the folks at Adobe would agree 100% with that.


    Yeah adobe would probably disagree with that comment as of late. Microsoft should also really be disagreeing with that comment after all of the pc-bashing commercials apple let out of the gate.
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    bustapr , June 2, 2010 11:24 PM
    Stevie was smokin some weed, he was spaced out lol. I bet his sex life is good...his wife is HOT!
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    Ragnar-Kon , June 2, 2010 11:25 PM
    ^ And apparently my lazy afternoon makes me too lazy to check my spelling. *shrug*
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    Ragnar-Kon , June 2, 2010 11:26 PM
    Haha, love the part when Jobs says, "And we did something interested for Apple, we made it open-source." Made my lazy afternoon somewhat funny.
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    _Cubase_ , June 2, 2010 11:30 PM
    "Just because we're competing with someone doesn't mean we have to be rude." I'm sure the folks at Adobe would agree 100% with that. :/ 
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    nforce4max , June 2, 2010 11:38 PM
    o.O

    Get the the shrink!
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    touchdowntexas13 , June 2, 2010 11:41 PM
    _cubase_"Just because we're competing with someone doesn't mean we have to be rude." I'm sure the folks at Adobe would agree 100% with that.


    Yeah adobe would probably disagree with that comment as of late. Microsoft should also really be disagreeing with that comment after all of the pc-bashing commercials apple let out of the gate.
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    False_Dmitry_II , June 3, 2010 12:18 AM
    LORD_ORIONI think we'd all feel better about all of this sweatshop, suicide, Adobe flash and MSFT talk if Apple gave everyone a free iPad.


    Dude, I don't even want a free iPad...
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    liquidsnake718 , June 3, 2010 12:21 AM
    The article states that it references foxconn, in the actual content, I dont think Foxconn was even mentioned.....
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    kelemvor4 , June 3, 2010 12:25 AM
    False_Dmitry_IIDude, I don't even want a free iPad...

    I'd take one. There's a sucker with an ebay account born every minute, and they'd be bidding on it!
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    Pyroflea , June 3, 2010 12:32 AM
    Quote:
    … Just because we're competing with someone doesn't mean we have to be rude."


    LOL, how about that whole Adobe thing?
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    matt314 , June 3, 2010 12:35 AM
    No need to be rude? Right, he was so poilte calling adobe lazy
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    Nuke_Meltdown , June 3, 2010 12:40 AM
    For sure, Steve's is not looking for new friends....!
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    ginnai , June 3, 2010 1:31 AM
    Steve is a pompous jerk. Couching oneself in the sentiment of, "I was never in the competition, I don't do that" is an exceptionally weak minded copout. BAH Steve Jobs BAH.
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    Computerrock1 , June 3, 2010 1:54 AM
    ^ I could care less, the mac OS has some very interesting and unique abilities and apps. Its the restrictions of the machine and the price for out of date tech. But that is what Hackintoshs are for right?
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    jamoise , June 3, 2010 2:37 AM
    "Im a Mac" "and Im a PC" yeah, they are so not competing with Microsoft at all (sarcasm) I guess we are just supposed to ignore all those mac vs pc adds they were constantly showing. While I don't remember them ever naming microsoft, they obviously were talking primarily about them, as when they talked about virues, a PC is no more or less able to be infected than a mac, now.. osx vs windows vs linux, then you have a difference. the Advertisements probably did what they wanted though. Tricking the Uninformed....
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    ta152h , June 3, 2010 2:53 AM
    You'd think Steve Jobs could afford a suit by now. He looks like a low-class jackass, and statements like my sex life is good does nothing to contradict that. What CEO talks like that?

    Ironically, the Apple cattle somehow think they're high-class and above the hoi polloi, despite a CEO who dresses like a slob and talks like a degenerate.
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    jellico , June 3, 2010 3:26 AM
    I find it interesting that he would mention his sex life when, on several prior occasions, people on here have mentioned that they think he might be gay. It's almost like he deliberately pointed out he is heterosexual.
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    randomizer , June 3, 2010 3:37 AM
    TA152HYou'd think Steve Jobs could afford a suit by now. He looks like a low-class jackass, and statements like my sex life is good does nothing to contradict that. What CEO talks like that?Ironically, the Apple cattle somehow think they're high-class and above the hoi polloi, despite a CEO who dresses like a slob and talks like a degenerate.

    You do realise that what he wears is part of his image? For him to wear a suit would not be "cool" and would make him look like another MS exec. I actually like both his and Jen-Hsun's deviation from the usual CEO stereotype, it's refreshing, although his actual sense of style is revolting.

    Also, regardless of whether Apple is in a platform war with MS or not is irrelevant. They have a market which MS do not: mobile consumer electronics. MS can't compete there and that's where MS need to compete if they want to be significant in the future.
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