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Global CIO: Google CEO Schmidt Whines About Nokia Snub

Schmidt didn't help his company by criticizing Nokia's choice of Microsoft or by describing a creepy future in which we're never lonely.

During an emotional scene in A League Of Their Own, the 1992 movie about a women's professional baseball league, crusty and hard-drinking team manager Tom Hanks screams, "There's no crying in baseball!!"

That's some advice outgoing Google CEO Eric Schmidt should have heeded yesterday before dispensing some whiny comments about Nokia's decision to choose Microsoft Windows Phone 7 over Google's Android.

Instead, Schmidt—who will soon be stepping down as CEO to make way for Google co-founder Larry Page to assume the top spot—seemed intent on criticizing Nokia's choice of Microsoft and repeating that the door's always open should Nokia at some point in the future decide to renounce its mistake and come home to Google.

At the big Mobile World Congress event taking place in Barcelona, Schmidt disclosed that Google had held extensive discussions with Nokia before the former mobile-phone leader picked Microsoft as the partner that would be best able to revive its fortunes.

"We would have loved that they had chosen Android," Schmidt is quoted as saying in the U.K's Telegraph. "They chose the other guys, that other competitor, Microsoft. I think we are pretty straightforward. . . .

We would like them to adopt Android at some point in the future and that offer remains open. We think Android was a good choice for Nokia. We are sorry they made a different choice."

Sorry? Sorry?!?

There's no sorry in business!

Before suggesting what Schmidt should have said, I feel compelled to mention that Schmidt, as the CEO of a company that has had some pretty serious run-ins with privacy standards, policies, and laws, offered an absolutely creepy vision of the Google-driven future in which our gadgets will ensure the following:

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