Originally Posted by desarc
i cannot disagree more. apple has a LONG history of stealing ideas from, or purchasing creative companies, just as google does:
MacOS Graphical User Interface? STOLEN from Xerox PARC, then Apple cries that Windows is a ripoff.
iTunes? look up Soundjam. Multitouch? Synaptics. A4 Chip? PA Semi, and now Intrinsity.
there are dozens more.
undermining competitors? ever hear of Adobe? Kindle? Qik? Boxee? Amazon?
we're locked into iTunes. can't sync any apple portable without it. and don't you dare use Cydia.
it is a walled garden, and while i'm happy being part of the 5% within those walls, i see the thorns on the roses, and i don't believe the BS that's spewed about the companies on the other side is any different than what's happening in Cupertino.
First, and ignoring your irrelevant comments regarding walled gardens, etc., there is a considerable difference in, to use your example, they way Apple developed, extended and brought to market the idea of the GUI as a way of interacting with personal computers and the way Google simply takes something, knocks out a cheap copy of it and dumps it on the market in order to overrun the market and turn it into an advertising and data collection opportunity. If you can't see the distinction, then you need read no further.
Secondly, there is a difference between engaging in competition through best efforts and competing by undermining a competitor. In the former case, Apple, actually invests creative energy in creating and improving products and services to compete. In the latter, Google, product dumping (and there's really no other description for how Google operates) is employed to take over markets where one does not have a truly compelling offering.
Google's entire strategy for success is to destroy. Apple's is to create. This is obvious to anyone who looks critically at how the two companies operate.