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March 11, 2009 at 3:44 PM

OK to mock Newton, but not Google on the iPhone?

That’s the latest question posed by Seattle venture capitalist Peter Zaballos on his new blog, Open Ambition.

Zaballos, vice president at Frazier Technology Ventures, today described his personal Apple museum, including a Newton MessagePad 110 he bought in 1994.

When his family had a similar laugh trying the new Google voice search app on his iPhone, he recalled playing the same game with the Newton’s imprecise voice translation feature. Even Doonesbury and “The Simpsons” mocked the system.

All the rest of what made the Newton incredibly revolutionary got swept aside, and to a large degree pronounced a premature death sentence on the product line, and the whole category until Palm, and now the iPhone.

So, where are the comics ridiculing Google’s voice search for the iPhone?

That should get more attention than his previous, but equally thoughtful, postings on topics such as “The nuance of Series B financings.”

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