Time: Zuckerberg Irritated By Tim Cook Comments

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was Time's Person of the Year in 2010, is on the cover again for the latest issue as he continues his quest to connect the world.

Among the topics he discusses in the cover story interview are that mission to get every human online, pay social network Ello, and criticism from Bill Gates (which was not even true, apparently).

Another interesting portion is where he responded to a question about comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding ad-supported services:

But before that happens Zuckerberg also notes—and it was the only time I saw him display irritation—that Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote something similar in September in a statement spelling out Apple’s privacy policy: “When an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product.” The shot was probably meant for Google, but Facebook was definitely in the blast radius. “A frustration I have is that a lot of people increasingly seem to equate an advertising business model with somehow being out of alignment with your customers,” Zuckerberg says. “I think it’s the most ridiculous concept. What, you think because you’re paying Apple that you’re somehow in alignment with them? If you were in alignment with them, then they’d make their products a lot cheaper!”

Snap!

You can check out a lot more of what Zuck had to say about Facebook's "plan to wire the world" in the story here. It comes from Lev Grossman, who has profiled Zuck extensively for Time, including for the Person of the Year issue.

Grossman writes, "Talking to him, you have an eerie sense that as crude as his methods sometimes are, he is among those who will win the future."

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