Google's billionaire boss Sergey Brin has tried to deflect attention away from his disastrous decision to pull out of China by having a pop at Microsoft.
Brin, who is currently lobbying the Obama administration to come to the company's rescue by putting pressure on Beijing, was obviously miffed about Microsoft slipping snugly into the hole vacated by Google.
Clearly unaware that the rest of the world doesn't follow Google's pseudo hippie 'do no evil' ethic, Brin told the Grauniad, "I would hope that larger companies would not put profit ahead of all else. Generally, companies should pay attention to how and where their products are used."
But remarks by unemployed money magnet Bill Gates really seem to have got Brin's dander up. Shortly after Google announced that it wasn't playing with China any more because it was being bullied, Gates managed to get off of the sofa long enough to tell a daytime TV show, "You've got to decide: do you want to obey the laws of the countries you're in or not? If not, you may not end up doing business there."
Brin snapped back, "I'm very disappointed for them [Microsoft] in particular," he said. "As I understand, they have effectively no market share – so they essentially spoke against freedom of speech and human rights simply in order to contradict Google."
Google was widely criticised for setting up in China from the get-go, having been warned that it would have to comply with the communist state's draconian censorship laws.
Brin obviously thought his company was powerful enough to disassemble global communism by spouting peace-and-love platitudes about freedom of speech and giving people access to unlimited porn.
He was wrong.