Archive for August, 2010

HE’S EMINENTLY QUALIFIED TO BE ORACLE’S PRESIDENT

August 9, 2010

“The HP board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago.”

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, criticizing the decision by Hewlett-Packard’s board to request CEO Mark Hurd’s resignation following an expense-account scandal involving a softcore porn actress, New York Times, 8 August 2010

ONCE YOU’RE LUCKY, TWICE YOU’RE A SHILL

August 6, 2010

“FWIW, in case anyone is wondering why I didn’t ask Elon about his divorce, it’s because I’m a business reporter.”

Volunteer Tesla Motors publicist Sarah Lacy, explaining why she didn’t ask electric-vehicles investor Elon Musk any potentially troubling questions about a divorce trial which threatens his stake in the company, Twitter, 5 August 2010

“Nothing Max Levchin ever does seems to be easy. In the fall of 2007, Max finally decided to propose to his long-time girlfriend Nellie.”

Non-business reporter Sarah Lacy, delving into her subject’s personal lives, Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good, Gotham, 2008

A MAN OUT OF TIME

August 3, 2010

“I wonder if people went through the same thing in the mid-1400s as they sat in coffee shops with their pesky paper books?”

New York Times blogger Nick Bilton, demonstrating the untoward effects of depriving a computing-device addict of his fix — in this example, causing him to misplace the origin of European coffee shops by two centuries, Bits, 2 August 2010

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