Kara Swisher

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Karate Kid II: This Time It’s the Nerdy Facebook Kid Vs. the Nerdy Google Kid! (And I Am Rooting for Neither)

What is it about using the karate metaphor to depict Silicon Valley infighting between tech geeks?

In March of 2010 , the New York Times used the ju-jitsu theme to depict the fight between Google and Apple over smartphones. As you can see below, the late Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs faces off with an iPad and iPhone against then-CEO (and now Executive Chairman) Eric Schmidt, who is armed with an Android device.

Jobs gets to do the cool, in-the-air kick.

Now, this week, on the cover of Fortune magazine, it is Facebook’s CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg doing the floating hi-yaaa against Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page.

Leaving aside the fact that neither ever wears suits to do anything, let alone karate, it’s almost exactly the same, as you can see below.

Personally, I would have used Nerf guns at dawn.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work