Monthly Archives: January 2012


Google puts on its war face

  When Larry Page asked Steve Jobs for advice, did Jobs tell him to drop that ridiculous “Don’t be evil” thing? My take on Google’s embrace of the dark side is here on the Daily Beast.

The two faces of Apple

“Cognitive dissonance” is the way to describe what I’m feeling this morning after reading this amazing, blistering investigative piece in the New York Times about Apple and its Chinese manufacturing partners. This time former employees at Apple and Foxconn are speaking out, and the picture is worse than previously believed. Even the notion that “every… Read more »

Why Apple deserves every bit of its success

Great products. An ecosystem of hardware-software-content. Fantastic customer service. Brilliant marketing. Awesome retail stores. World-beating supply chain and operational expertise. This is a company unlike anything any of us have ever seen. They have earned every bit of their success. And they are only getting stronger. My longer take on today’s phenomenal earnings report is… Read more »

Apple is not just a company, it’s a cultural phenomenon

I’m writing up the latest quarterly numbers — sales of $46 billion! — and realizing (again) that in 10 or 20 years, when we look back on this decade, Apple, perhaps more than anything else, will be what we think of when we think of this era. Here is a $100-billion-plus company that just grew… Read more »

Rumor: Apple spent $100 million in its first case against HTC — and got almost nothing

As I reported in this week’s Newsweek, Apple’s “thermonuclear war” on Android smartphone makers has been fizzling out lately. Most of Apple’s legal claims have been tossed out, and the two minor victories Apple has scored were so trivial that opponents could work around the claim by making minor changes to their products. But a… Read more »

They wake you in the middle of the night, give you tea and a biscuit, and then you start your 12-hour shift

Was anyone else horrified by that amazing article in the New York Times explaining why Apple builds products in China instead of the United States? How do we justify buying products from factories where people are treated in ways that we would never allow ourselves or our countrymen to be treated? As one former Apple… Read more »

Is Apple waging “thermonuclear war” on Android — or just shooting blanks?

So far Apple’s legal “thermonuclear war” against Android phone makers isn’t going so well, as I point out in this week’s Newsweek. “Nearly two years after the first salvos were fired, Apple’s war on Android has accomplished almost nothing. And it’s starting to look as if Apple’s patent portfolio isn’t nearly as lethal as Jobs… Read more »