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Notable Quotes about IBM, Nokia, Facebook, and others in the software ecosystem

By October 31, 2011Uncategorized

“It’s always exciting when a new product emerges and someone happens to notice that, somewhere across the world, its name means ‘enema.’ Or ‘fragrant bounty of my armpit.’ My breath, therefore, went on hiatus when I read this morning that Nokia’s fine new smartphone, the Lumia, translates into Spanish as ‘prostitute.’ It was MSNBC that offered this revelation, coupled with a suggestion that surely someone at Nokia should have checked this.”
Chris Matyszczyk, award-winning creative director advising corporations on content creation and marketing
“Facebook’s privacy settings are horrible, and the bigger it gets the less it cares about its customer base.”
E. D. Cain, writer on issues in tech, business, politics and culture
“In contrast to other companies that have abruptly named new CEOs recently, such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM handled this very smoothly over several years.”
Rosabeth Kanter, a Harvard Business School professor, commenting on the recent appointment of Virginia “Ginni” Rometty as successor to Sam Palmisano as IBM’s CEO
“Microsoft is a great place to work not only because of what we do, but because of the quality of the company culture that our employees have collectively created.”
Lisa Brummel, the chief people officer, Microsoft, upon Microsoft achieving the No. 1 position on the “Top 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces List.”
“If American technologists are not able to practise their craft, provide for their families, and do business in their native land, let them come to Europe. An American app maker living in Europe can use jurisdictional barriers and their own shell companies to protect themselves from the American patent system.”
Mike Lee, engineer, and co-founder of Tapulous, the first popular iPhone game

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