Business Management

Quotes of the week: Digital is in the new asbestos, Zuckerberg wants to save the world, & Alexa's no 'It'

“IBM is in favour of the UK remaining a member of a reformed EU. As a large, globally integrated business with a strong presence across the European Union, IBM sees significant benefits from EU economic integration.”

- IBM UK chief David Stokes in an internal blog seen by the Reg


“The acquisition looks like a strategic mistake… Nokia will hold Withings back rather than propel it forward.”

- Tractia analyst Aditya Kaul on Nokia’s $191 million acquisition of French wearable & health tech startup Withings


“If you look back 100 years, companies used to have their own electricity generators or otherwise would not have had access to electricity. But the moment electricity became available to the public, these [company-owned] generators no longer played a crucial part. Perhaps 10 years ago, it was crucial to own data centres to be able to build your own business, but that is no longer the case.”

- AWS CTO Dr Werner Vogels on the future of data center ownership


“Even when I’ve tried to call her ‘it’, it feels wrong. She has a name. She’s Alexa.”

- Amazon Alexa user Steven Arkonovich on getting personal with tech in the Guardian


“Let me be very clear: We are committed to deliver Windows 10 on mobile devices.”

- Microsoft VP Terry Myerson reaffirms the company’s commitment to its struggling mobile platform


“While helping to connect the world will always be the most important thing I do, there are more global challenges that I feel a responsibility to help solve — like helping to cure all diseases by the end of this century, upgrading our education system so it’s personalized for each student, and protecting our environment from climate change.”

- Mark Zuckerberg wants to save the world


“We thought digital was the new oil, but discovered it is also the new asbestos.”

- UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham on the risk and rewards of the digital age


“The reality is that any business needs to ensure that its workplace provides a welcoming and inclusive environment to all of its employees and technology makes this possible.”

- Avanade CEO Adam Warby on the business case for LGBT inclusion


“Under the proposed rules, the government would now be able to obtain a single warrant to access and search thousands or millions of computers at once; and the vast majority of the affected computers would belong to the victims, not the perpetrators, of a cybercrime.”

- Oregon Senator Ron Wyden on the rule change that would allow law enforcement to remotely search computers located anywhere in the US


“Unfortunately, as Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent the design of Windows 10 and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana.”

- Microsoft explains why Microsoft Edge will now be the only browser you can search from the Cortana box


”We no longer have a position in Apple.”

- Carl Icahn announces the sale of all his Apple shares


“We actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving, including by displaying a ‘Do not Snap and Drive’ warning message in the app itself.”

- Snapchat’s response to a lawsuit filed against it after a teenager crashed when allegedly using the app while driving


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