New Google Hire Attacks Apple, the iPhone

Tim Bray 'hates' Apple gadget because freedom isn't 'optional'
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2010 10:39 AM CDT
Tim Bray, XML inventor.   (?Sebastian Bergmann)
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(Newser) – XML co-inventor Tim Bray has signed on with Google to be a “Developer Advocate” focusing on its Android mobile OS, and used the announcement to fire a broadside at Apple on his blog. While Google is all about freedom, he writes, Apple is about control. “The iPhone vision of the mobile Internet’s future omits controversy, sex, and freedom,” Bray writes, according to the Business Insider. “It’s a sterile Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers.”

“The people who create the apps serve at the landlord’s pleasure and fear his anger,” Bray continues, and “I hate it.” Listen up, Apple: “Freedom’s not just another word for anything, nor is it an optional ingredient.” The Internet is great because it’s the “first-ever platform without a vendor,” and that “matters a lot” to a lot of people. “Apple apparently thinks you can have the benefits of the Internet while at the same time controlling what programs can be run,” Bray fumes. “I think they’re wrong and see this job as a chance to help prove it."

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