Quotes of the week: "I am partly responsible for all of this."

Some of the best quotes from the tech industry this week.

“I am partly responsible for all of this. For all the good Android has done, it has also helped create this weird new world where people are forced to fight with the very technology that was supposed to simplify their lives.”

Android co-founder Andy Rubin on why he has launched the new ‘Essential’ smartphone


“We don't engage in that at the state level… no hackers can influence election campaigns in any country of Europe, Asia or America.”

President Vladimir Putin denying that Russia has ever been involved in hacking elections


“It’s either bad design or there’s more to the story than just a power surge.”

James Wilman, CEO of data centre consultancy Future-tech, on British Airway’s claim that a power surge took out both its data centre and its back-up systems


“It wouldn’t surprise me if there’s already been some emails stolen, it would surprise me if it didn’t happen.”

James Norton, head of the security at Play-Action Strategies, warning that the UK election could see its own hacking disaster


“Google would be able to absorb the cost as easy as a dry kitchen sponge could absorb a single drop of water.”

Ian Eliasoph of the US Department of Labor, in response to Google’s claims that gathering data on the wage gap between men and women would cost too much money


“I was too slow to recognize the need for new capability, and particularly in hardware. I wish we'd built the capability to be a world-class hardware company.”

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on his regrets at the company