Archive for March 2nd, 2010

WRITE A NOVEL ALREADY, WHY DON’T YOU?

March 2, 2010

“After the events of the past several weeks, I have been in touch with many of you. It has become clear to me that there is far too little accurate information available in this time of unprecedented change. The issues we all face together are complex, and no news story or 140-character snippet can adequately address them. Therefore, I propose to write you occasionally, when I get a sense that there is a need for direct information.”

Macmillan CEO John Sargent, on taking to the blogosphere to press his case for more expensive e-books, Macmillan.com, 2 March 2010

THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BING

March 2, 2010

“The biggest opportunity is really to help people get done what they need to get done. I mean, it’s a marketing campaign, but it’s really true.”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, on Bing’s destiny as a sort of Web-based Clippy,  Seattlepi.com, 2 March 2010

MORE LIKE APPLES AND DELLS

March 2, 2010

“This comparison with Google is like trying to compare apples and oranges.”

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, admitting there’s no comparison between her faded, 15-year-old Internet portal and its vastly more successful neighbor to the north, CNBC, 2 March 2010

TELL THAT TO XEROX PARC

March 2, 2010

“We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, on how the best inventions aren’t copied from someone else, unless they happen to be the Mac’s graphical user interface, the computer mouse, the MP3 player, or the tablet PC, Apple.com, 2 March 2010

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