Oracle boss says Apple is dying without Steve Jobs and tears into 'evil' Google actions

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has heavily criticised two of the world's biggest tech firms.

In an interview with CBS this week, Ellison tore into Apple and Google, branding the former a has-been and the latter an evil-doer.

At first, he sang the praises of late former Apple boss Steve Jobs, saying, "He was brilliant. I mean, our Edison. He was our Picasso. He was an incredible inventor."

However, when asked about Apple's future without Jobs, Ellison's words weren't quite so positive.

"We conducted the experiment," he said, referring to Jobs' period of absence from Apple between 1985 and 1996, during which the company suffered heavy losses. "I mean, it's been done. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs, we saw Apple without Steve Jobs, we saw Apple with Steve Jobs.

"Now, we're going to see Apple without Steve Jobs," he concluded, lowering his finger to indicate the demise of the firm.

Billionaire business mogul Carl Icahn clearly disagrees with Ellison, having pumped an undisclosed amount of money into the company this week. He believes Apple to be "extremely undervalued."

Also this week, rumours emerged that Tim Cook's position as head of Apple is under threat. The company board is allegedly growing impatient with what it sees as a lack of innovation in recent times, and could be putting pressure on Cook to knock up a Jobs-esque industry-changing product.

Ellison, who is well-known for his high-profile disputes and rants, then rounded on the search giant – and Larry Page in particular.

After confirming that he does not get along well with the Google CEO, Ellison said, "When you write a program for the Android phone, you write it. You use the Oracle tool, Oracle Java tools for everything. And at the very end, you press a button and say, 'Convert this to Android format'.

"We don't compete with Google. We don't do anything Google does. We just think they took our stuff, and that was wrong."

The Google attack originates from Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems, which owned the rights to the Java programming platform, in 2010.

Oracle soon after took Google to court for violating a number of Java-related patents, but Google ended up winning the case.

In June, Oracle announced a strategic partnership with Salesforce.com, which Ellison once called a "roach motel."