Richi Jennings

Google's Larry Page trolls Apple and Facebook

January 18, 2013 6:09 AM EST

Here's Larry Page as Trollface, hating on Facebook and Apple. The Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) cofounder granted a rare interview and snuck in a couple of tiny barbs. The undiplomatic language is refreshing, but Page has plenty of interesting things to say about Google, the Internet, governments, mobile, and so on.

Larry Page as Trollface

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers enjoy the candor.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

 
Steven Levy interviewed the "aspirational" CEO:

Steve Jobs [said] he was willing to “go to thermonuclear war” on Android. ... How well is that working? ... [When] we bought Android...the existing mobile operating systems were terrible. ... Compare that to what we have now.
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Facebook [is] doing a really bad job on their products.
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There’s a lot of room for innovation in hardware. The phones...have glass that everyone worries will break. ... Five or 10 years from now, that will be different.
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the Internet’s under much greater attack than it has been in the past. ... I think that governments fight users’ freedoms at their own peril.  MORE


 
Élyse Betters is glad Larry's voice is better:

Page hasn’t been talking much lately, probably because of his mysterious voice issues.
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Page said his job is mostly trying get people focused on non-incremental things—like Gmail.
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One of the other contentious points...concerned regulators and their constant probes. ... Page noted...that regulators have also seen much user reaction, such as the public outpour against SOPA.
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He described Motorola as running independently since the acquisition.  MORE


 
But Tris Hussey puts the Steve Jobs comment in context:

[He's] getting a lot of attention for one quip...on Apple’s legal battle against Android and device makers...“How well is that working?” ... In context, that exchange is a minor part of the entire interview.
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[What about] all the other things Page has to say. ... On how to motivate employees to make the next great thing. ...government scrutiny. ...why Google X was formed. ... XEROX PARC and Nicolai Tesla. ... Together these weave a picture of a culture at Google of risk and invention...that eventually yields something great.
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We need the dreamers and crazy idea people...we all win in the end.  MORE


 
And Jon Fingas finks about the Facebook quote:

It's no secret that Facebook and Google are in a war. ... He acknowledges that Facebook is top dog in social, but [says it's] doing a "really bad job" with its products (don't hold back now, Larry).
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We're not expecting a direct retort from Mark Zuckerberg or anyone else.  MORE


 
So wWhat can we learn about the future of the Motorola aquisition? Marin Perez concludes thuswise:

We've yet to see Google's impact on Motorola products.
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The interesting part...is that Motorola may start to experiment with form factor and materials in a really innovative way. ... [Most] smartphones...are basically just a large screen in a slab. ... We may start to see things like flexible displays finally.  MORE


 
Meanwhile, Gregory Ferenstein channels critical critics:

[It's a] fascinating...comprehensive look at why Google spends millions on moonshot innovations, encourages...innovat[ion], and how the media may have created a false narrative.
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Page [justifies] Google’s “crazy”...investments like driver-less cars and Google Glass. [It's] the “abundance mentality.” ... At its core, it presumes we don’t live in a world of scarce resources. ... Eric Schmidt has attacked the media’s attempt to create a narrative that the major tech companies are in a heated battle.
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Critics could call Google a bald-faced hypocrite. ... Google may, at times, fail at its own philosophy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not genuinely a radical optimist at heart.  MORE


 

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