15 top technology quotes of 2011

On Facebook's lack of security, false clouds, classless outbursts and Steve Jobs' life and death

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Another Sony breach

"Well, you guys were idiots for making it happen. At the same time, I hope it never happens to me."

-- Gregory Wellman, CIO at network support company Technocosm, based in Toronto, and a victim of the hacker Idach, who broke into Sony's website and stole information of about 2,000 customers.

Wiped from the map

"This is a completely different situation from the modest Internet manipulation that took place in Tunisia, where specific routes were blocked, or Iran, where the Internet stayed up in a rate-limited form designed to make Internet connectivity painfully slow. The Egyptian government's actions tonight have essentially wiped their country from the global map."

-- Internet monitoring firm Renesys when the Egyptian government severed Internet access as protesters clashed with police.

Paranoia strikes deep

"The device many of us carry in our pockets has, simply put, been turned into a virtual spy phone."

-- John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project director, said in an email the day his organization called for the U.S. government to investigate Carrier IQ, maker of tracking software for mobile phones.

No uncertain terms

"The record clearly shows that -- in no uncertain terms -- this merger would result in a massive loss of U.S. jobs and investment."

-- An official with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission the day the FCC declared AT&T's planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA not in the public interest.

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