Steve Ballmer: "You need to be a computer scientist to use Android"

photoSteve Ballmer is not known for holding back and at the Web 2.0 Summit on Tuesday, the Microsoft CEO tossed out some decent one-liners. Attacking Google search, Android, Yahoo, and touting the company’s recent purchase of Skype, Ballmer let loose, as he often does. Below are some select quotes. 

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Google says buying Motorola won’t put it in the handset business

photoSpeaking during an interview at All Things Digital’s AsiaD conference, Google’s Android chief Andy Rubin said that Google’s move to buy Motorola Mobility isn’t about Google getting into the mobile handset business: Google plans to let a Google-owned version of Motorola operate “at arm’s length.” Instead, Rubin positioned the acquisition as being all about patents, noting that Motorola’s mobile technology patent portfolio should help shore up the Android platform as it faces major challenges from the likes of Oracle and (indirectly, for now) Apple and Microsoft.

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Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich Will Make Android All Better

Alongside the new Galaxy Nexus phone, Google unveiled its latest: Ice Cream Sandwich. No, it’s not a delectable summer treat, it’s a jazzed up name for Google’s latest Android update. All the tech bloggers are giddy over this Ice Cream Sandwich thingy. Why the fuss? Basically: Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to make all of Android’s problems go away. Related: Google Knows Something About the Danger of Email Archives
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Samsung and Google unveil Galaxy Nexus in Hong Kong

photoJ.K. Shin (R), President and head of mobile communications business from Samsung, and Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Google Mobile, unveil the Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a HD Super AMOLED display, during a news conference in Hong Kong October 19, 2011. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA – Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Acer will beat Google to market with its own $99 tablet

The Nexus 7 is still an amazing value at $249. But word around the block is that Google (GOOG) and ASUS (2357) are working on a $99 Nexus tablet. But now, per PhoneArena, it’s apparent that Acer (2353) is preparing to beat Google to the punch with a 7-inch Android 4.1 2Jelly Bean-powered tablet that will reportedly sell for $99. Naturally, a lower-priced tablet will come at the expense of less powerful specs. Acer’s Iconia B1 looks to have a Mediatek dual-core 1.2GHz processor, PowerVR SGX 531 GPU, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, microSD card and SIM card slot. For $99, its display also has a much lower resolution than the Nexus 7: 1024 x 600 pixels. The Iconia B1 has already cleared the Federal Communications Comission and
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