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The Macalope Weekly: Checking in

The Macalope | Jan. 7, 2013
We're still kicking the tires on 2013, so let's check in on some old favorites. And by "favorites" the Macalope means "pundits we like to kick around."

People who think Business Insider is a bottom-feeding troll nest and people who write for Business Insider?

There are Android users, surrounded by Google search.

And not using search, or the Internet at all, nearly as much as iPhone users.

And there are iPhone users, downloading Google apps -- all of which make Google search a prominent feature.

The thing Carlson seems to be missing here is that these people are still buying an iPhone. Which is what Apple wants them to do, because it makes the company money. See how that works?

Another way to look at this is that Google has to provide all these services on iOS, because that's where all the money is.

Does Carlson think Google is somehow taking money out of Apple's pocket by creating these apps? It's really unclear why this is supposed to be a bad thing for Apple. We keep hearing from Business Insider how Android is going to beat iOS at being the go-to platform for developers, and here we have Google being forced to code for iOS. The irony is almost as rich as the blinkered adherence to a storyline that isn't panning out.

The most trusted name in trolling

And since we're talking about Business Insider and its penchant for Apple trollery, let's check in on its troll-in-chief, Henry Blodget. For some reason, CNBC thought it would be a good idea to interview Blodget about Apple because, er, well, he owns a suit? Not really sure.

Yes, when the Macalope thinks of who to ask about what Apple "needs to do," the first person he thinks of is Henry "Android is winning" Blodget. But mostly because he usually thinks of who would be the funniest person to ask. So, OK, Enderle is probably first, but Blodget's in the top five.

An estimated $121 billion in cash on Apple's balance sheet could be put to much better use, Business Insider's Henry Blodget said Thursday on CNBC.

Yes, light it on fire for the amusement of the technology press! We grow bored, Apple! Dance!

Instead, the iPhone maker should look at the long-term picture, he said on "Fast Money."

Yeah, you know Apple. Always ... uh ... looking for a quick buck ... at the expense of long-term ... solvency?


Seriously, the Macalope doesn't even know anymore with Blodget.

"I think they should invest more of it in the margin, in the business," he said. "Get lower-priced products out there. Stop going after just the premium piece."

Because that clearly isn't working.

Wait, let me start again ...

"If you want Apple to be around in 10 to 20 years, that's what you want them to do," he said. "Their profit margins are too high right now."


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