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 Who said they can't use Google Maps? I don't think Google will block Samsung from Maps. Samsung is the dominant smartphone manufacturer and in the Android space, they're the only one making money. Google isn't Apple or Microsoft. Google needs users' eyeballs looking at ads. Eyeballs are eyeballs. It doesn't matter if it's an iOS or Android user looking at ads. I doubt Google will refuse to allow Samsung to use Maps.  They're not evil. They're being smart business people....
I don't know what prompted the co-founder to say Facebook is a better home than Apple but I'm not surprised he thinks that way. Why would he bite the hand that fed him? 
Google has spent years cultivating the image of Android being "open" and it has used this to paint Apple as the big, bad, evil corporation with its "walled garden" and "closed OS." Yet for years, there have been many whisperings about how the Android platform works which cast serious doubt on the openness of Android.   There is a mounting pile of evidence to indicate that Android isn't truly "open," at least not in a way that's of any benefit to the customer. Android is...
Is this a real post or a troll post?Apple amassing a cash pile of $100 billion+ is "wasteful" but buying a money-loser for $12.5 billion only to sell at a loss isn't wasteful? And you call Apple a tightwad when they're executing massive buy backs and paying huge dividends. What does that make Google. They've never paid a dividend and for all the news about self-driving cars and other stuff, Google has only one true engine of growth-ads. In fact, Google is executing a stock...
If only it were that simple...
But Apple buying out Nest, I don't know if I heard that one. Maybe a few comments here or there on the forum, but the talk has reached a new level of intensity, after Google paid through their nose for it. It's almost as though people think Apple should have bought out Nest just to prevent Google from getting their hands on it. 
Nest has been around for quite a while now. We hardly ever heard anything about Nest on AppleInsider, except when they announce a new product. There was never any talk about Apple buying Nest.    Why is it that all of a sudden, after Google pays a princely sum for Nest, people say that Apple should have bought Nest? What changed? How did Nest magically become the must-have company for Apple? Better yet, how does Google buying Nest magically turn it into the company that...
 Google believes in "open standards and alliances?" Is that so? In that case, why did they support Flash, which is 100% proprietary? Why was Maps on iOS so far behind Android's version of Google Maps while Apple was still with Google? If they believed in open standards and alliances, they would have let Apple implement turn-by-turn and other features that Android users enjoyed for years. They didn't think they were getting their fair share out of the deal. 
Actually, Google already hit their "Wall Street lumps." A few years ago, Google's stock was in the dumps and Apple was riding high. Google's stock had fallen from an all-time high of around $700 per share around 2007 to around $500 per share in 2008. It fell even more during the bear market but recovered to around $500. It stayed range-bound for a while. During that time, questions emerged about Google's ability to generate growth outside of ad revenue. That's when...
This isn't about hating Google. It's the fact that many pro-Google people make it sound like Google doesn't care about making money and is doing these things out of the goodness of their hearts. That irks me because it is an utterly asinine notion. Google is as interested in earning a profit as the next company. It's just that Google doesn't care about the money it could make off of us consumers. They make far more money through advertising. That's why Google gives away...
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