Microsoft’s Windows PC platform is a direct competitor to Apple’s Mac, but Apple needs Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook et al) on both macOS and iOS, yet there are few Apple apps that run on Windows. Strange bedfellows, indeed. What about Facebook?
The Privacy Biz
Facebook is a social media network of sorts, an online behemoth with more than 2-billion users. Those users are part of Facebook’s product. Like Google, which gives away free applications to users and in return has the privilege of taking their personal information, Facebook is an advertising company. Whatever technology is creates is devoted to increasing usage, user engagement, and ever greater and increasing revenue and profits.
Facebook’s string of lies regarding the misuse of user data has led to Apple CEO Tim Cook taking a higher profile on Apple’s privacy– to the point of shaming Facebook’s entire business model. Good for Tim. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s response was, well, basically Bite Me. Ouch. Burn. No matter. Zuckerberg won’t win this scuffle. Survive? Yes. Prosper? Probably. Win? Nope.
Chris Smith has a choice words few words on the kerfuffle between tech titans.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who needed almost a week to come out of hiding with a response for the Cambridge Analytica privacy breach and its implications, also took about a week to respond to Tim Cook’s comments on Facebook’s latest scandal.
A week? And a week? I suspect Facebook had to interview and hire someone to handle their public relations, and then craft a response.
Apple offers a better business model as it sells products to users rather than user data to advertisers
[Cook was] extremely glib, and not at all aligned with the truth.
As if Facebook has been aligned with the truth recently. Or, ever.
Zuckerberg put the kerfuffle another way:
I think it’s important that we don’t all get Stockholm Syndrome and let the companies that work hard to charge you more convince you that they actually care more about you. Because that sounds ridiculous to me.
Translation: “Nobody cares about you.”
Who is winning so far? Facebook? Zuckerberg? Apple? Cook? Maybe Cook is looking for an easy way to take some of the heat off Apple for a few dozen Batterygate-related lawsuits that plague the company because it wasn’t transparent about an iOS upgrade that throttled iPhones.
The reality here is that if you want to build a service that helps connect everyone in the world, then there are a lot of people can’t afford to pay. And therefore, as with a lot of media, having an advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service to reach people
OK. I get it. Wait. What? Facebook is a media company?
Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg:
At our heart we’re a tech company… we don’t hire journalists.
Truth vs. truthiness, right?
Look, Facebook needs Apple as it’s likely that nearly a billion of Facebook’s users have Apple products. Apple needs Facebook’s app on iPhone and iPad. This little squabble will pass and not be remembered by many but it does point out exactly how strange bedfellows put up with one another when tit shoves it to tat.