Oracle CEO Rips Google and Apple, Calls NSA Snooping ‘Essential’

Oracle CEO Rips Google and Apple Calls NSA Snooping ‘Essential’NEW YORK – Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) co-Founder and CEO, Larry Ellison, ripped into Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and APPLE (NASDAQ:AAPL) during a recent interview with Charlie Rose.  During the interview, Ellison accused Google’s CEO of ‘taking our [Oracle’s] stuff.’  The comment could hurt Oracle.  As the company is currently engaged in a legal battle with Google, claiming the internet-search giant is using Oracle’s programming language without permission.

Ellison went onto tells Rose, ‘we don’t compete with Google.  We don’t do anything Google does.  We just think they took our stuff, and that was wrong.  That’s a completely separate issue … I think what they did was absolutely evil.  Larry [Page] makes the decisions over there, he runs that company, and they decided, let me be very clear, when you write a program for the android phone, you write it. You use the Oracle tool, Oracle Java tools, for everything.  At the very end, you press a button to “Convert” this to android format.’

According to Ellison, that Page – who is known for his personal slogan, ‘Don’t Be Evil,’ is not personally evil, but his actions are.

During the candid conversation with Rose, Ellison also talked about his outlook for Apple after Steve Jobs.  This was unusual as Ellison had previously served as an Independent Director for the company.  According to Ellison, Jobs was ‘an incredible inventor, our Edison … our Picasso’ adding that ‘I’m not shorting Apple.  I like Tim Cook.  I think there are a lot of talented people there.  But Steve is irreplaceable.’

When pressed by Rose as to whether Apple was in decline, Ellison admitted ‘okay, okay, I’ll say it publicly.  He’s irreplaceable … they will not be nearly so successful because he’s gone.’

The conversation then turned to online security and government surveillance, which Ellison called ‘essential.’  Ellison explained that the National Security Agency, which uses Oracle’s technology, would be crossing a line if they chose to use surveillance for political gains.

Oracle develops computer hardware systems and enterprise software products – particularly its own brands of database management systems and is the third largest software maker by volume behind Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and IBM (NYSE:IBM).  Ranked 80th on the Fortune 500 list for 2013 the company also sponsors the America’s Cup defenders – Golden Gate Yacht Club’s Oracle-Team USA.

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