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More Steverino: Ballmer Unplugged!

Can’t be in a multibillion negotiation with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer?

Well, you can see him in action–and in fine form–in this video of the interview he did at D5 this year with Walt Mossberg.

Here, Ballmer talks about a variety of things, such as how to foster innovation at a big company, Windows Vista, immigration, the brownness of the Zune, even as Walt forces him to say the word “Google.”

He also shows off Microsoft’s Surface table, which debuted at the conference. (Also check out the very funny Surface spoof below the Ballmer chat.)

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It’s one of the dirty secrets of economics: technology progress does grow the economy and create wealth, but there is no economic law that says everyone will benefit.

— Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, who theorizes that advances in computer technology, like advanced robotics, are behind the post-2000 employment slowdown, and that technology is destroying jobs faster than it can create them