2018 in their own words

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS REVIEW OF THE YEAR -

They did not want their in­for­ma­tion to be sold to Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica by a de­vel­oper . . . That hap­pened, and it hap­pened on our watch

– Face­book boss Mark Zucker­berg ad­mits its users have been vic­tims in the Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica con­tro­versy

Trans­parency has not been suf­fi­cient to date and that’s been clear

– Data pro­tec­tion com­mis­sioner He­len Dixon (above) says Face­book has been opaque on the whole data col­lec­tion thing

We are not in a trade war with China, that war was lost many years ago by the fool­ish, or in­com­pe­tent, peo­ple who rep­re­sented the US

– Don­ald Trump isn’t the world’s most re­li­able nar­ra­tor . . . on any­thing

The Short­seller En­rich­ment Com­mis­sion is do­ing in­cred­i­ble work. And the name change is so on point!

– Tesla and Space X founder Elon Musk (right) tweets his re­gards to the US Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion (SEC), days af­ter set­tling fraud charges brought against him by the agency

This idea that there is a bet­ter deal that can be ne­go­ti­ated is largely imag­i­nary and we have had enough imag­i­na­tion and fan­tasy think­ing when it comes to Brexit al­ready

– Leo Varad­kar gets the feel­ing that West­min­ster is go­ing around in cir­cles in its con­ver­sa­tions with the EU

Whilst the New­stalk ac­qui­si­tion and the APN trans­ac­tion did not ul­ti­mately lead to any loss to the com­pany, the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing them are cer­tainly sug­ges­tive of an un­law­ful pur­pose di­rected to the ben­e­fit of Mr O’Brien di­rectly or in­di­rectly and the detri­ment of the com­pany

– Mr Jus­tice Peter Kelly rules on the ap­point­ment of in­spec­tors to In­de­pen­dent News & Me­dia

What did you call me? You called me neb­u­lous

– What Theresa May said to Euro­pean Com­mis­sion pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker dur­ing a Brus­sels show­down, ac­cord­ing to lip-read­ers (He was call­ing “the Bri­tish po­si­tion” neb­u­lous, he said)

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