“Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said last week that the competition between the two companies is more ‘brutal’ than ever,” Richard Nieva reports for CNET.

“But despite the fierce competition, when asked on Thursday night who his heroes are — in the tech industry and outside it — he had one answer: ‘For me, it’s easy. Steve Jobs,’ he said in a quiet, contemplative voice,” Nieva reports. “”‘We could all aspire to be a small percentage of Steve,’ he said of Apple’s late co-founder. Schmidt and former Google Senior Vice President of Products Jonathan Rosenberg were speaking to a full room of about 400 people at an event hosted by the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley, promoting their new book, ‘How Google Works.'”

Nieva reports, “In the book, Schmidt and Rosenberg describe Jobs as the quintessential ‘smart creative’ — an expression for someone with a combination of technical depth and creative talent. ‘Exceptional people are worth hanging out with,”‘ Schmidt said on Thursday. ‘Because there is a good chance they are going to change the world.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Exceptional people are worth hanging out with because there is a good chance they are going to change the world and then you can steal their ideas, implement them poorly, peddle them to the left side of the bell curve, and laugh your scheming, backstabbing ass all the way to the bank!

As a visual reminder of what “friendship” means to Eric T. Mole, here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

Here’s what cellphones looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:
cellphones before and after Apple iPhone

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