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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One thing that we have learned is that piracy is not a pricing issue. It’s a service issue. The easiest way to stop piracy is not by putting antipiracy technology to work. It’s by giving those people a service that’s better than what they’re receiving from the pirates.

— Gabe Newell, co-founder of videogame company Valve, which publishes Portal and Half-Life