Two middle-aged guys sit down for a cup of coffee, and people start acting like they just saw Brad and Angelina at Starbucks. What's the big deal?
In this case, the two guys are Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt, sitting down for a morning confab over caffe lattes at a Palo Alto beanery last Friday. Some alert passersby snapped pix of the pair with their cell phone and sent them to Gizmodo, which then alerted the world. That's the big deal.
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It resembled a scene from "The Sopranos," where two capos are sitting outside Satriale's Pork Store drinking espresso and talking business, until the next thing you know one of them gets whacked. (Remember: When they come for you, they always send a friend.)
What did they talk about? Was it a conciliatory meeting to ease tensions between the two companies or just two old friends sharing a muffin? Was Eric trying to get Apple to join Google's anti-China movement? Was Steve telling Eric to take the Nexus One and shove it where it's unlikely to get very good wireless coverage?
That's the question on everyone's minds. To answer it -- or at least, get more mileage out of the topic -- Gizmodo asked a body language expert from the Department of Alchohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to analyze their postures. Her conclusion? The men mostly distrust each other, and Schmidt is frightened by Jobs.
(The goofballs at eSarcasm consulted their own body language analyst, whose conclusions are slightly different.)