Video: Larry Ellison disses Google, predicts doom for Apple

Outspoken Oracle CEO aims ire at Larry Page, says Steve Jobs was too integral for Apple to thrive without him

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has never been one to mince words, and in the interview with CBS's Charlie Rose seen below, he stays true to form. "The only guys I have trouble with are the Google guys," Ellison declares. "Larry [Page] specifically. He runs that company. I think what they did was absolutely evil, [and I] 100 percent [blame] Larry Page."

The "evil" line is of course a tweak of Google's famous motto, "Don't Be Evil," and the "evil" Ellison is specifically referring to is Google's use of Java (the technology Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems) in its Android mobile OS. "I don't know how he thinks you can just copy someone else's stuff," Ellison declares.

He had nicer things to say about Steve Jobs, whom he considers "our Edison, our Picasso." But he feels that Apple simply cannot survive without Jobs, citing Apple's success with Jobs at the helm and its decline without Jobs. "I'm not shorting Apple. I like [current Apple CEO] Tim Cook. I think there are a lot of talented people there, but Steve is irreplaceable," says Ellison in summary.

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