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Netgear CEO Disses Apple, Steve Jobs, and Microsoft

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Oh, it's on! Netgear CEO Patrick Lo just let loose the dogs of war.

This week in Sydney, Lo was speaking at a lunch where he discussed the smartphone battle and the major parties within. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Lo commended Apple's success due to "thought leaders" like Steve Jobs. But the compliments were short-lived.

"Ultimately a closed system just can't go that far," Lo said. "If they continue to close it and let Android continue to creep up then it's pretty difficult as I see it."

He went on to predict that Apple will eventually fall to Android on a global scale and Android will become the de facto standard for a wide range of electronic devices -- from smartphones to TVs to home media servers.

And that's when Lo went for the jugular.

"Steve Jobs wants to suffocate the distribution so even though he doesn't own the content he could basically demand a ransom," he said. OUCH!

Lo added, "What's the reason for him to trash Flash? There's no reason other than ego." YIKES!

And when he was asked if he ever spoke with Jobs regarding his concerns of the closed system, Lo said, "Steve Jobs doesn't give me a minute!" But he believes that the problems inherent in iOS will only be solved "once Steve Jobs goes away." JESUS! Does Lo even know where Jobs is right now?

But the Netgear CEO didn't just go after the bedridden. Lo also condemned Microsoft's lackluster entry into the smartphone game. He summed up Windows Phone 7 thusly: "Microsoft is over -- game over -- from my point of view."

No word yet as to when Lo will be hosting the Source Awards.
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