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Say What? Top Five IT Quotes of the Week


"Android enables Google to have a longer and deeper relationship with the consumer." When the chief product was search, "it was fast. Now you walk around with Google in your pocket. You have a sense that Google has your back."

    Andy Rubin, head of Android development at Google. (Forbes).

"These anything-but-iPad (ABi) tablets promise enticing characteristics that content and collaboration professionals cherish -- things like Flash media support, enterprise app stores, and sometimes greatly enhanced security (as RIM's Playbook will have) or deep links to the unified communications infrastructure (as Cisco's Cius will have) or full Microsoft Office support (as HP's Slate will have).

"How will these ABi tablets fare in the enterprise in 2011? Fair to partly cloudy, I fear."

    Forrester analyst Ted Schadler, writing in a blog post about the challenges that would-be competitors to Apple's iPad face. (Forrester Research)

"If technology goes forward, and it seems it generally does ... Twitter will be unbundled. The impetus to do it could come at any time. If they have to shut down some feed related to Wikileaks, the immediate reaction among a lot of politically-oriented Twitter users will be to seek something open to replace it. And eventually there will be features people want enough to put up with the transition to an open version of what Twitter does. Features that Twitter can't or won't provide because it will be too deeply dug into its business model at the time."

    Influential tech blogger Dave Winer on the future of Twitter (Scripting.com)

"There's increasing potential for an end in sight for the relevance of the personal computer in the home as we know it today."

    Kumu Puri, senior executive with research firm Accenture's Electronics & High-Tech Practice. A recent Accenture study forecasts big growth in sales of tablets and smartphones, while there was a 39 percent drop from last year in the percentage of respondents who said they planned to buy a desktop or notebook computer. (Datamation)

"I am happy to announce the availability of cross_fuzz -- an amazingly effective but notoriously annoying cross-document DOM [Document Object Model] binding fuzzer that helped identify about one hundred bugs in all browsers on the market -- many of said bugs exploitable."

    Google security researcher Michal Zalewski, writing in a blog post describing his release of a "fuzzing" tool that found security vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer (IE). (eSecurity Planet)

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David Needle is the West Coast bureau chief at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.