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Video: Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Defends Gates-Bashing on "60 Minutes"

BoomTown loves me some Lesley Stahl. The “60 Minutes” correspondent is back in the tech space, grilling Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen about allegations he makes in his new memoir, “Idea Man,” that his partner Bill Gates tried to shanghai him out of stock when he was suffering from a major illness.

I have to say, Gates is one tough customer. But–having interviewed both him and Allen many times over the years–I am going to say gently that perhaps Allen is overstating the incident to sell books and maybe his recollections are, um, cloudy with a chance of sour grapes.

Here’s a video excerpt of the CBS television show, airing this Sunday:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik