On this week's EIC Squared podcast, ZDNet's Larry Dignan and I discuss the celebrity interviews at the D6 conference, hosted by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Unfortunately, I called in from the San Diego airport United Airlines gate area, so you'll hear crying children and the ticker taker coaxing me to get on the plane. Larry gives the lowdown on Dell's earnings and the most recent security issues, patches from Apple, and the Comcast hack.
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CARLSBAD, Calif.--Melinda Gates said Tuesday that the job of giving away billions used to be a lot harder.
In her early days with Bill Gates, she said the couple would get heart wrenching letters seeking their help and the two would agonize over what to do. But, after recognizing that their real opportunity was addressing society's biggest challenges, she said it has gotten easier to figure out where to put their resources.
Gates said all of the foundation's work is centered around a single purpose--that all lives have equal value. Gates said that her goal is to … Read more
If you haven't yet, take a few minutes to watch the second set of highlights from Walt Mossberg's and Kara Swisher's interview with Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates at the All Things Digital Conference. As the interview opens up to audience questions, Tim O'Reilly asks Gates and Ballmer a very pointed (and poignant) question:Microsoft has been playing "me too" these past few years, following the lead of other innovators. Do you have any "big, hairy [audacious] goals" now, he asks, or do you need to?
In other words, where did all the famous Microsoft ambition go?
Bill Gates blundered through a response about "Quests" and such, and then honed in on putting a tablet PC in the hands of every student in the world. Ambitious? Perhaps. Inspiring? Not even close. It's just a tired extension of Microsoft's current dominance, without a thought for interesting new vistas for computing (pun intended).
But where things got really odd was when Tim followed up with a question about why Microsoft spends so much time talking about search and the web when these weren't mentioned by Gates as Microsoft's goals.… Read more
Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer reminisced about 28 years of working together and addressed a number of topics, including Vista, Yahoo, Google, Windows 7, and search, in an interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at D6.
Following are the videos from the Gates-Ballmer interview. Full coverage of D6.
CARLSBAD, Calif.--In an interesting but perhaps unsurprising move, Microsoft plans to add multitouch interface to Windows 7, CNET News.com has learned. The interface will be shown in just a few minutes as part of Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates' keynote at the D6 event here.
Update: Ballmer says it will come in late 2009. Corporate VP Julie Larson-Green demonstrated the multitouch technology, painting with several fingers at the same time to show how it can process not just touch, but multiple simultaneous input.
"It's much faster to do certain tasks than using a mouse," Larson-Green … Read more
At a reception prior to the start of the D6 conference, Bill Gates held court among a throng of reporters. He explained some of the specifics of his July 1 "retirement" from daily duties at the company he founded. Gates said he would invert how he spends time today. Instead of spending 80 percent on Microsoft and 20 percent on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he will spend 20 percent of his time on Microsoft issues and the remainder on his foundation work.
Gates, who will remain chairman of Microsoft, said he will spend two to three … Read more
"No," Gates said and stopped speaking. "Steve (Ballmer) might give a more nuanced answer."
Gates said he knew the question would come up on stage and that he wouldn't have more to say. "You won't see me answer since it's all up to Steve."
The chairman did have a little more to say, such as whether his new job would mean more time with his … Read more
CARLSBAD, Calif.--So I'm here live at D6 and ready to live blog the Bill and Steve show, along with Webware's Rafe Needleman. If this newfangled tech works, the live blog will be below.
I'm told the Windows 7 preview will be just a tiny--if highly anticipated--part of the discussion. My source on that, by the way, is Bill Gates.
OK, so the blog is up and running. If you need a break, I have another post based on some of Gates' pre-keynote talk. (short version--no comment on Yahoo)