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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work