Google Hires XML Co-Inventor

Tim Bray blasts the iPhone, calls Android best possible thing

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Today, Tim Bray started working for Google, and had the search giant just put out a one-sentence press release stating this fact, the development would be worth reporting.  But what makes this move especially noteworthy is that Bray announced it in a 1,260-word blog post mentioning an absolute hatred of the iPhone.

Bray is a rather important person in a lot of tech circles.  Two interesting details regarding his accomplishments: he’s the co-inventor of XML, and spent several years serving on the W3C Technical Architecture Group.

Here’s what the respected developer had to say about the iPhone, though: "The iPhone vision of the mobile Internet’s future omits controversy, sex, and freedom, but includes strict limits on who can know what and who can say what.  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. . . .  I hate it."

In turn, Bray’s a huge fan of Google’s mobile operating system.  He wrote, "The reason I’m here is mostly Android.  Which seems to me about as unambiguously a good thing as the tangled wrinkly human texture of the Net can sustain just now."

So it looks like the Android-iPhone war is about to get a lot more fierce.  Although for what it’s worth, Bray was careful to say that his opinions don’t necessarily reflect his new employer’s stance on anything.

Google Hires XML Co-Inventor
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    Can’t wait to see whats up androids sleeve now that the iphone vs android war has begun.

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    When is Apple going to realize that by trying to control content and control the internet they are shooting themselves in the foot?

    We’d all be on Mac’s if Apple just got that we all want powerful cheap computers that do everything, and is not limited by what Apple will allow us to do. Google took it to the streets and found out what the people want by letting them create. So while Apple still tries the old game of telling us what we want and only giving us what they’ll approve, Google is finding the next best things by letting developers develop and let the people’s actions (in this case use of and purchase of applications) dictate what kind of software should be on the market and what software should not.

    In a free market system in regards to computers and applications if porn was not profitable, you’d see it go away by user intervention themselves. Just don’t buy it and you’ve made your one vote count against it. If people buy enough of something, it’s obviously what the people want and shouldn’t be restricted because a company like Apple says so. That’s like if the movie industry told the video rental places to not rent adult movies anymore. How about everybody that doesn’t like them or think they’re wrong to just not watch, rent, buy them and mind their own business?

    The funny thing is imagine all the millions of dollars iphone applications would make if they let adult content through but kept all of it in a 18+ or 21+ section? Imagine all the people that would flock to get an iphone just because they did that if Apple was more open to letting all sorts of other applications that they’d normally decline be approved.

    Google isn’t going to condone adult content, but they’re probably going to leave it up to the people to decide. It’s a win win situation. Either it will sell and it’ll stay and make money, or it’ll not sell and have to go. It’s simple retail 101. If you have a product and it sells, you keep it on the shelves, when it doesn’t sell, you end up making space for something else that might.

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    It is not surprising that many of the world’s top minds are with the world’s top organisations like google.

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