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Apple’s Steve Jobs slams Google, RIM, rival tablet makers

In a surprise appearance during the company’s quarterly earnings call, Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs hailed the success of the iPhone and iPod while painting a bleak outlook for RIM’s Blackberry smartphones, Google’s fragmented Android smartphone platform, and the coming trickle of 7inch tablets.

“As most of you know,” Jobs said on Monday’s conference call, “I don’t usually participate in earnings calls since you’re all in such capable hands. But I couldn’t help dropping by for our first $20 billion quarter. I’d like to chat about a few things and stay for the Q and A.”

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