Kara Swisher

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Questions for Steve and Bill: Ron Conway, Investor

While Walt and I will come up with our own questions for Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Apple’s Steve Jobs, who will be appearing in an historic joint interview at our D conference in one week, I was curious what others–some tech folks and some not in the industry–would ask the tech legends if they could in this post.

Here’s the first question from Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ron Conway, prominent angel investor (he actually founded Angel Investors and backs a plethora of Web start-ups). He was curious about that old chestnut, Digital Rights Management, and its demise.


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Social media tools are the latest in a long line of time-stealers in the workplace, following in the footsteps of March Madness brackets, afternoon golf games, morning water cooler gossip or cigarette breaks. But social media like Twitter and Facebook are more visible from a distance (of both time and space), so they are easier to criticize and quantify.

— Dwane Lay, human resources director at Missouri Baptist Medical Center