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Steve Ballmer Gives Ralph De La Vega a Very … Vigorous Greeting (Video)

Steve Ballmer is a big, high-energy dude. Takes up a lot of space. So if the Microsoft CEO came charging across the stage at you and gave you a powerful high-five with his right hand and simultaneously brought up his left, you’d flinch, too.

Here’s the scene from today’s AT&T presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show, when mobile chief Ralph de la Vega brought Ballmer up on stage. Via the smart guys at Geekwire:

But wait! I can hear you saying: Did Ballmer conclude his chat with his world-famous “developers!” shoutout?

Ina Fried has your answer:


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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