Google’s Brin: ‘I have much admiration’ for Apple, Facebook

“Google co-founder Sergey Brin has taken to his Google+ page to clarify his rather unflattering opinions about Facebook and Apple and how the two impact the Internet,” Don Reisinger reports for CNET.

“Brin on Sunday was featured in a wide-ranging article in The Guardian, discussing his thoughts on the Internet and freedom across the Web,” Reisinger reports. “‘You have to play by their rules, which are really restrictive,’ Brin said of Apple and Facebook. ‘The kind of environment that we developed Google in, the reason that we were able to develop a search engine, is the web was so open. Once you get too many rules that will stifle innovation.'”

Reisinger reports, “In a Google+ posting this morning, Brin backtracked a bit on his criticism of Facebook and Apple, saying that the article was ‘a short summary of a long discussion,’ adding that he believed his ‘thoughts got particularly distorted in the secondary coverage’ of the story. ‘So to clarify, I certainly do not think this issue is on a par with government based censorship,’ Brin wrote of the Facebook and Apple mentions. ‘Moreover, I have much admiration for two of the companies we discussed — Apple and Facebook. I have always admired Apple’s products. In fact, I am writing this post on an iMac [sic] and using an Apple keyboard I have cherished for the past seven years.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, because Sergey uses Apple products, does that mean that he no longer wants access to Apple product users’ personal data from their iOS apps?


[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

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  1. Anything and everything out of the mouths of Brin, Page, and Eric T is suspect.

    I’ve been Guurgle-free now for at least the past three months. If you haven’t given it a try, use “Duckduckgo” for searches.

  2. So to rail on Apple/FB he does an interview, but to “clarify” his comments he takes to Google ??? That’s like going to Wall Street and saying you’re selling on AAPL and then going to your local investment club to say that you’re holding.

    Go away Brin. Tis better to have people think you’re a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

  3. Page and Brin just seem out of their league. They sound incoherent with the deer-in-the-headlights kind of demeanor about them. They are surrounded by the likes of Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon and a whole host of smaller rivals and a public that is becoming increasingly hostile with a sense of hatred that even surpasses what people had for Microsoft at its peak. It just seems like they don’t know how to handle the heat.

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