Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution

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Behind the bitter rivalry between Apple and Google—and how it's reshaping the way we think about technology

The rise of smartphones and tablets has altered the industry of making computers. At the center of this change are Apple and Google, two companies whose philosophies, leaders, and commercial acumen have steamrolled the competition. In the age of Android and the iPad, these corporations are locked in a feud that will play out not just in the mobile marketplace but in the courts and on screens around the world.
Fred Vogelstein has reported on this rivalry for more than a decade and has rare access to its major players. In Dogfight, he takes us into the offices and board rooms where company dogma translates into ruthless business; behind outsize personalities like Steve Jobs, Apple's now-lionized CEO, and Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman; and inside the deals, lawsuits, and allegations that mold the way we communicate. Apple and Google are poaching each other's employees. They bid up the price of each other's acquisitions for spite, and they forge alliances with major players like Facebook and Microsoft in pursuit of market dominance.
Dogfight reads like a novel: vivid nonfiction with never-before-heard details. This is more than a story about what devices will replace our cell phones and laptops. It's about who will control the content on those devices and where that content will come from—about the future of media and the Internet in Silicon Valley, New York, and Hollywood.

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Fred Vogelstein is a contributing editor at Wired magazine, where he writes about the tech and media industries. He has been a staff writer for Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News & World Report. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.
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Sarah Crichton Books
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Published on
Nov 12, 2013
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9780374711009
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English
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Business & Economics / Corporate & Business History
Business & Economics / Industries / Computers & Information Technology
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No começo dos anos 2000, quando o envio de SMS pelo celular ainda era novidade, dezenas de empresas disputavam o mercado de dispositivos móveis. Hoje, apesar da variedade de smartphones, tablets e aplicativos, dois nomes dominam a cena: Apple e Google — que agora ameaçam eliminar uma à outra. Na era de Androids e iPhones, as duas companhias estão em confronto não só no mercado, mas também nos tribunais e nas telas de todo o mundo.

                O jornalista Fred Vogelstein acompanhou essa rivalidade desde o começo. Ele nos leva aos escritórios e salas de reunião das gigantes da tecnologia e descreve um mundo de alianças obscuras onde funcionários são sistematicamente pressionados além do limite e o único objetivo é vencer. Vogelstein mostra o que está por trás das acusações de plágio, dos acordos controversos e dos processos judiciais que determinarão a maneira como nos comunicamos. Ele relata, por exemplo, que o atual presidente executivo do Google, Eric Schmidt, foi desligado do conselho de administração da Apple por suspeita de espionagem em 2007, que o protótipo do iPhone 4 já foi esquecido num bar e que Jobs tentou algumas manobras para frear o uso da tecnologia multitoque pelo Google.

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