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Jeff Blagdon

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The charitable work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was the focus of the Microsoft founder’s recent 60 Minutes interview with Charlie Rose, but the longtime richest man in the world got emotional when the conversation turned to friend and rival Steve Jobs. When asked what the pair talked about during their final meeting at the Jobs home in May of 2011, Gates welled up, saying, “what we’d learned, families… anything.” He later went on to say that he and the Apple founder "practically grew up together."

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Sean Hollister

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If you want to watch a film about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, you'll have plenty of options before long: You could track down the aging Pirates of Silicon Valley, or wait for the Aaron Sorkin film based on Walter Issacson's authorized biography. You could hope that Ashton Kutcher's jOBS gets a release date. Or, you could watch Funny or Die's iSteve, an 80-minute parody starring Justin Long, who once portrayed the Mac in Apple's famous Mac vs. PC commercials. Jorge Garcia (Lost, Once Upon A Time) plays his partner Steve Wozniak. It's free to stream right now at our source link below.

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Three months before Toy Story was released, Pixar owner Steve Jobs took to the stage at the SIGGRAPH conference and explained why the film represented a major leap in film technology. It’s a rare bit of animation history that I was happy to discover on YouTube:

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Larry Page

Google CEO Larry Page has sat down with Fortune's Miguel Helft for an extensive interview covering his company's mobile strategy, current performance, and future goals. Excerpts from that interview have just been posted online, showing a guarded Larry evading the most pointed questions about who Google perceives as its competitors and how it intends to better monetize its mobile services, but he does deliver a few more forthright comments. On the topic of the internet, Google's co-founder and boss is disappointed to see it growing more "island-like" and isolated into portal websites instead of the old wide-open digital prairie it once was.

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Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Former Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Sculley, who presided over the company when Steve Jobs left in 1985, said companies in Silicon Valley need to focus on ideas and products and less on profits.

“The real strength of Silicon Valley is very talented people willing to take big risks -- too big -- to do big things,” Sculley said in an interview with Tom Keene on Bloomberg Television’s “Surveillance” today. “The focus should be doing that, not just making money. I can’t recall a single conversation with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs where they ever talked about making money.”

Facebook Inc., Groupon Inc. and Zynga Inc., which raised a total of more than $17 billion in initial public offerings in the past year, have since seen their stocks plummet. Silicon Valley companies should be led by product visionaries and not by those from corporate America, said Sculley, who now runs an investment firm and is chairman of 3Cinteractive LLC, a mobile- software developer.

Facebook shares have fallen 47 percent since its initial share sale in May. Groupon is 85 percent off its peak a year ago, while Zynga has fallen 77 percent this year.

“I think he has the right motivations,” Sculley said of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the company’s IPO. “I don’t think the Facebook problem was Mark Zuckerberg. I think it was all the other people around him.”

Sculley became Apple’s CEO in 1983 and was running the company when Jobs, a co-founder, walked out two years later. Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 and embarked on a comeback that eventually turned it into the world’s most valuable company.

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Peter Molydeux Twitter account

Wired has published an intriguing dual interview with legendary game designer Peter Molyneux and his Twitter doppelganger, @PeterMolydeux, telling the story of how the parody account helped jump-start the British designer's career. Having made his name with classics such as Populous, Theme Park, and Black & White, Molyneux was acqui-hired by Microsoft in 2006, where the ill-fated Fable series gave him a reputation for ambitious promises that never quite came to fruition. But tweets from @PeterMolydeux — which specializes in posting outlandish game ideas — helped him to resist the temptation to dumb down for corporate palatability and pushed him to quit Microsoft earlier this year, starting a new independent game studio called 22Cans....

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