All Things Digital: Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher and Eric Schmidt


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The digital movement is flipping society head over heels, and Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, came to 92Y to talk with Eric Schmidt about Google, Microsoft and more.

Fortune has a good rundown of Schmidt quotes:

“The Android-Apple platform fight is the defining fight in the industry today.”

“Microsoft is a well-run company, but they don’t make state-of-the-art products.”

“We’re trying to solve material problems in the world. Judge us by our solutions.”

“It’s really an error that we [i.e. humans] are allowed to drive the car.”

“Apple decided a long time ago to do their own maps … [now they’ve] discovered that maps are really hard.”

“Apple should have kept with our maps.”

“I can’t talk about [standards-essential patents] because I don’t know the details and because it actually just gets me too upset.”

“These patent wars are death.”

“I was on Apple’s board, and I’ll always have a soft spot for them.”