What’s that quote about never achieving anything if you never try? I’m reminded of that when Zuckerberg took this jab at Google on Wednesday: “Entrepreneurs who focus on a specific type of thing will always do better than a company trying to do a million things.”

Google may have tried to do “a million things”, and many have failed, but at the end of the day Google has the search market cornered, the web video market cornered, a massively successful mobile operating system, is a leader in Internet Governance (among many other things) and is worth $172 billion, more than twice Facebook’s Venture Capitalist-inflated valuation.

Facebook has a social network dogged by privacy issues. Given that the entire point of social networking is to share private information, this is somewhat laughable.

Now Google is putting all of their $172 billion-market-capped eggs into the social basket, not-so-famously saying that if they fail at social the company fails. (The reasoning for this is simple: Google’s cash cow is search/search ads. If Facebook decided to build a “social search engine” and pimp it their 750 million users Google would be dead. Overnight. The options are: 1. do a deal with Facebook, but Microsoft Bing beat them to that; so it’s 2. create an in-house social network to get your hands on your OWN set of “social signals” to put into search, if Facebook is killed in the process…so be it, they’re new in the Valley anyway.) The (of course unstated) goal is the utter and complete destruction of Facebook-as-we-know-it for the survival of Google. Mark Zuckerberg knows this (everyone in tech knows this, although the likes of TechCrunch pretend that there’s some weird future where Google+ and Facebook can both successfully co-exist…this is utter and complete bullshit).

What we’re watching unfold this summer is the beginning of a literal fight to the death of Google and Facebook. Both entered the ring, only one may exit the victor.

My money’s on Google. Sure Google fails somethings, and G+ will be a bumpy road, but Google has the maturity to try risky things and sometimes fail. Those risky failures taught Google some important things, and it seems they’ve taken the lessons they learned from Buzz, Wave and Orkut (although calling Orkut a complete failure is a bit of a stretch…it locked up the Brazil and India social media markets before Facebook went global and knocked Orkut down in those markets, what, only last year?) to heart and is crafting Google+ to be something awesome.