Today's announcement that Google is buying BumpTop continues the string of Google and Apple buying up technology companies so fast you'd think they were, well, Microsoft, at least "Microsoft back in the day".
I'm reminded that ~10 years ago Bill Gates said about Sun Microsystems (and I'm paraphrasing here):
"Sun is dead, they just don't know it yet. Their business model consists of selling overpriced servers, and sooner or later the market will realize that."
Having watch RISC processors lose their speed advantage -- and then switching to Linux as a result -- I agreed with that assessment, and in 2009 it finally came to fruition as Sun was bought by Oracle.
Which leads to the question: If Bill Gates could look at it objectively, would he say the same thing now about Microsoft?