Kara Swisher

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Questions for Steve and Bill: The Four Seasons Edition

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 Wednesday night, 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.

This weekend, I had the tough job of staying at the luxury hotel, the Four Seasons Aviara, where we have held the conference every year since we started in 2003. So, naturally, I asked the staff here what they would ask. Surprisingly, no one was interested in gadgetry or the latest Web 2.0 hype and, instead, asked some real questions. Frankly, it was refreshing.


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We need to ask how do we regulate the Internet? You can’t have a market without property rights. The idea that you’ll have no enforcement should be greeted with laughter. I’m not seeing any alternative come out.

— Robert Levine, author of “Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back,” in conversation with Katy Bachman of Adweek