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Steve Gobs

Ah, the 'earnings call.' Not the most exciting event in a tech journalists' calendar. You call in, and hear the PR for some moneybags tech company talk about how many units they've sold, how much money they've made, blah blah blah.

Every now and then, though, something interesting happens. Apple's quarterly earnings call today was such an event. It started ordinarily enough, with Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's chief financial officer, rolling off impressive statistics. Then Steve Jobs turned up! 'I couldn't help dropping by for our first $20 billion quarter,' Jobs said.

But if he was there to celebrate, he let himself get a little distracted. Jobs proceeded to launch into a full-on tirade about his competitors in the mobile phone and tablet business. Some highlights: Blackberry manufacturer is now selling less than iPhone, and 'I don't see them catching up in the forseeable future.' Google's Android OS is 'fragmented,' and 'the multiple hardware and software iterations presents developers with a daunting challenge.' And the new wave of Android tablets coming out this year and next? There'll be 'DOA - dead on arrival.'

Is Jobs rattled by the growing competition from Android, or is he, like the school bully, kicking everyone else now he's on top?

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