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Steve Jobs' answer to Google

May 23, 2010: 5:54 PM ET

Wait until Apple's developers conference, he tells a reader, "You won't be disappointed."

Steve Jobs at WWDC '08

This was Google's (GOOG) week.

Not only did the Federal Trade Commission give its blessing to Google's purchase of AdMob (a mobile ad network that Apple was planning to buy), but Jay Yarow at Silicon Alley Insider counted 11 ways Google "slapped" Apple (AAPL) at its I/O conference in San Francisco.

Two of my favorite commentators, Daring Fireball's John Gruber and Roughly Drafted's Daniel Eran Dilger (writing for TechCrunch), each posted excellent summaries of the situation, painting it as an epic rivalry (Gruber) and all-out war (Dilger).

So how will Apple respond at next month's World Wide Developers Conference to the many gauntlets Google has just thrown down?

John Webster, a self-described "bio geek" (and MacRumors reader) from London, put the question to Steve Jobs in an e-mail laced with Britishisms not suitable for polite company, asking him:

"I hope you have some good WWDC announcements to blow them out of the water?"

Jobs' reply (or what seems to be his reply, sent via iPhone):

"You won't be disappointed."

Below the fold: the unexpurgated (except for e-mail addresses) exchange.

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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