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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."

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