Kara Swisher

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Questions for Steve and Bill: The D Attendees Arrive

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 tomorrow 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.

With the conference starting tonight, D attendees are dribbling in, so I took the opportunity to ask some of the early arrivals (some poolside) their queries for Gates and Jobs.

Here are: Blake Krikorian, founder of Sling Media; Presto’s Joe Beninato; singer/songwriter Jill Sobule; PR mavens Brooke Hammerling and Donna Sokolsky; and Paul Steiger, who retired recently as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal (his new title is editor at large).


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