Apple CEO Steve Jobs did some trash-talking about the company’s growing rivalry with Google. In one case, Jobs is alleged to have said Google’s famous ‘Don’t Be Evil’ standard of conduct “is a load of crap.”
Due to Apple’s infamous distaste for publicity and unauthorized leaks, a series of anonymous sources talked to the tech press about last week’s internal “town hall” style company meeting. The comments show two companies once quite close competing on several fronts.
Wired received an anonymous tip that Jobs referred to the Google phrase as “bull****.” Another anonymous source, speaking to Daring Fireball, claimed the quote was actually less intense.
In another instance during the company meeting, Jobs allegedly said Google is using its Android mobile operating system to “kill” Apple’s iPhone. Google CEO Eric Schmidt resigned his seat on Apple’s board of directors after releasing Android and its Chrome OS. However, Schmidt maintains he has a “special spot” in his heart for Apple.
At the same company meeting, Jobs allegedly pointed to Adobe’s Flash as the cause for most Mac crashes, calling the company “lazy” and warning “the world is moving to HTML5,” according to Wired’s anonymous source. Another anonymous source, talking to Daring Fireball, attempted to tone down the rhetoric, insisting the Apple leader was only “nostalgic” for the old days.