Steve Jobs really let rip at Adobe and Google in particular at a 'town hall' company meeting following the launch of the iPad last week. Pulling no punches, Jobs reportedly called Adobe "lazy" and said Google's 'Don't be evil' motto was "a load of crap".
Jobs often holds a company-wide meeting in the wake of a major launch to give his acolytes a chance to find out more. Apple employees at the meeting last week were quick to email their chums in the tech press -- on condition of anonymity, of course -- with sites such as Wired and Daring Fireball reporting direct quotes.
Google felt the lash of the Jobsian tongue, with the launch of the search behemoth's Nexus One smart phone apparently touching a nerve. Wired paraphrased: "We did not enter the search business, they entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won't let them." Apparently someone else asked a question but Jobs was on a roll, going back to that answer and adding, "'Don't be evil' is a load of crap."
In direct response to criticism of the iPad's inability to display Flash content -- such as most Internet video, including that of CNET UK -- Jobs said Apple doesn't support it because it's "so buggy" and is the cause of the majority of Mac crashes.
Adobe employee Lee Brimelow was quick to respond, Pocket-lint noted, with a blog post illustrating how some of the Web's most popular sites will look without Flash support, including CNN, Addicting Games and, er, Bang Bros. Brimelow quickly updated the post to make it clear that 'Flash = porn' wasn't Adobe's official, er, position.
Other titbits from Jobs' rant, reported by MacRumors, included a commitment to aggressive updates to the iPhone that Google and others would not be able to match, new 'next-level' Macs this year and a curt dismissal of Blu-ray ("the software is a mess").