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Dec. 9 2009 - 6:38 pm | 77 views | 1 recommendation | 2 comments

Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer: Who’s laughing now?

Hindsight is 20/20, but here are two instances of crow-eating to rival them all. First, here’s Microsoft’s C.E.O. Steve Ballmer laughing at the iPhone shortly after Steve Jobs debuted the device at MacWorld.

Gee, I wonder if anybody ended up plunking down all that money for the iPhone. And how’s the Zune doing, anyway?

Of course, Jobs has not always been one to read every tea leaf correctly, either. A few years back, for instance, he had this to say about the newly-released Kindle:

It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore. Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole concept is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.

Though Jobs was right about the decline of reading, I bet he wishes he’d dedicated more time to an e-reader considering how well the Kindle is starting to sell. How long till we see the Tablet, anyway?


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    Actually the zune is a pretty good device, when it’s time to replace my ipod I’m getting a zune.

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