"We bought a dog. Nobody wants to sell Sun. It baaaalllllooooows."
-- Keith Block, executive vice president of Oracle's North American sales and consulting organizations, in a July 28, 2011, instant-message exchange that became public this year during the discovery process for the Oracle-Sun lawsuit, regarding difficulties Oracle was having selling Sun servers.
"Pig with lipstick."
-- The response to Block from Oracle human resources executive Anje Dodson.
What makes Meg happy
"Everything is fair in this business. It's a cutthroat, very competitive business. That's what I love about this business."
-- HP CEO Meg Whitman speaking at Gartner's Symposium/ITexpo.
Run! Run for your lives!
"A cyberattack perpetrated by nation states or violent extremist groups could be as destructive as the terrorist attack on 9/11. Such a destructive cyberterrorist attack could virtually paralyze the nation."
-- U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in a speech to business executives.
"You should not underestimate the bandwidth of a FedEx box."
-- Amazon CTO Werner Vogels in a keynote speech at Cebit in which he said that big data isn't just about analytics, but about how data is collected, stored, organized and shared.
"This is how most people will get education; it's how most people will get entertained. These are magic, by anyone's definition."
-- Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt as he held up his smartphone during a panel discussion hosted by the National Military Family Association.
What are you smoking?
"You want me to do an order on 75 pages tonight? When, unless you're smoking crack, you know that these witnesses are not going to be called?"
-- U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, to Apple attorney William Lee after he presented a 75-page list of 22 witnesses who could be called for rebuttal testimony during a trial in a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung.
"Your honor, I'm not smoking crack. I can promise you that."
-- Lee's response to Koh.
"I need everyone to stay conscious during the reading of instructions, including myself, so we're going to stand up occasionally to make sure the blood is still flowing."
-- Judge Koh before the final day of arguments in the Apple-Samsung trial.
"HP will be 70 in 2014."
-- Whitman during HP's annual shareholder meeting, saying that her job is to set the company up for "the next 70 years," repeating a line she'd apparently become fond of as she sought to amp up enthusiasm for the company.