Steve Jobs Calls “Bulls–t” on Google: Report

Apple CEO reportedly lashes out at Adobe, Google

After launching the iPad, Apple CEO Steve Jobs turned to lobbing salty insults at his company's rivals, according to a report of an employee meeting.

The day after unveiling the company's new tablet computer, Jobs held a town-hall meeting at Apple's Cupertino headquarters to discuss the development and field questions from employees. But he spent more time trashing his company's tech rivals and partners, according to a source who spoke to

Here's how Wired summarized his comments:

On Google: We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them, he says. Someone else asks something on a different topic, but there’s no getting Jobs off this rant. I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing, he says. This don’t be evil mantra: “It’s bulls--t.” Audience roars.

About Adobe: They are lazy, Jobs says. They have all this potential to do interesting things but they just refuse to do it. They don’t do anything with the approaches that Apple is taking, like Carbon. Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.

Apple's feud with Google stems to the search giant's decision first to introduce the Android operating system for smartphones and then to sell the Nexus One, a smartphone of its own design -- both moves to compete with Apple's iPhone. Before that move, Apple and Google had closely collaborated on mobile apps for Apple's iPhone, including search and maps. As relations between the companies grew more hostile, Google CEO Eric Schmidt resigned from Apple's board last year, and Apple blocked Google's effort to bring Google Voice, an Internet-calling app, to the iPhone's App Store.

The feud with Adobe has been less public, and centers on the omission of Flash from Apple's iPhone and now the new iPad. Flash, a Web technology commonly used in online-video sites like Flash, could technically run on Apple's mobile devices, but Apple has blocked Adobe's move to include it. Apple hasn't publicly commented on its decision to omit Flash, so Jobs's comments could be the first hint from the company on a feud which has puzzled observers.

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