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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The schism between content creators and platforms like Kickstarter, Tumblr and YouTube is generational. It’s people who grew up on the Web versus people who still don’t use it. In Washington, they simply don’t see the way that the Web has completely reconfigured society across classes, education and race. The Internet isn’t real to them yet.

— Yancey Strickler, a founder of Kickstarter, in an email — from an article by the New York Times’ David Carr about the dangers of SOPA