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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Financial Times, Wall Street Journal 
WSJ writes that RIM co-chief executive Jim Balsillie responded to public criticism from Apple CEO Steve Jobs in an emailed message in which he said, “Many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple.” “We've now passed RIM, and I don't see them catching up,” Jobs said on Monday, making a surprise appearance on Apple’s Q3 call. Balsillie also responded to criticism that its tablet PC is too small “to create great tablet apps”. Of Google, Jobs said: “Google loves to characterize Android as open and iOS and iPhone as closed, but that's a smokescreen to hide the real issue of what is best for the customer: integrated versus fragmented.” Google's Android chief, Andy Rubin, responded on Twitter with a computer command to download Android source code and start developing. Steve Jobs has cause to gloat, writes FT in the Lex column. The company surpassed RIM in mobile sales, with 19 million iPhones sold in the quarter, compared with 12 million for the Blackberry. iPhone sales increased by 90 percent over last year. And, according to Deutsche Bank, if the iPad is counted as a PC, Apple has moved from fourth place to the number one spot in US computer sales.

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