Arik Hesseldahl

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Yup, He’s Gone — Oracle Confirms Departure of Longtime Sales Exec

Oracle today confirmed the departure of Executive Vice President Keith Block in a regulatory filing today. Block was the author of a series of embarrassing instant messages disparaging Oracle’s own Sun Microsystems line of products. They emerged in documents filed by Hewlett-Packard in the ongoing lawsuit over Intel’s Intanium chip. Block had been with Oracle since 1986.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik