Steve Jobs defends his PG-rated walled garden
Jun 04, 2010, 17:17 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Gillmor)
"At the All Things Digital conference, the Apple CEO acts like
closed-system critics are cheaters or porn peddlers"
"More than a decade ago, when Microsoft reigned supreme in the
technology world and Apple seemed to be on its last legs, a fellow
technology journalist and I pondered an alternate universe in which
Apple and Steve Jobs were in the driver's seat, not Microsoft and
Bill Gates. We agreed: Given Jobs' personality, the world would not
be better off.
"A few days ago, when Apple's market capitalization -- the value
of all its shares -- surpassed Microsoft's, I thought back to that
years-ago conversation with a mix of amazement and angst. While
Apple isn't likely to have the same level of domination that
Microsoft achieved, Jobs and company are clearly aiming high. Their
strategy for the next generation of personal technology is to
control the ecosystem at every level, and to rake off a piece of
all the financial transactions taking place there."