Steve Jobs (hearts) Bill Gates

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The Steve Jobs/Bill Gates lovefest that first became apparent at the WSJ’s D conference in the summer continues in the Times today. At the end of an post-keynote interview, Jobs said Gates should get a medal for his work at Microsoft! The Times’ Bits Blog reports:

Jobs saved his greatest compliment today for his former archrival Bill Gates, who has now largely retired will retire from Microsoft this summer.”Bill’s retiring from Microsoft is a big deal,” he said. “It’s a significant event, and I think he should be honored for the contributions he’s made.”

Jobs never praises Microsoft or Gates in public. There must be something afoot: A business deal, perhaps? Or maybe Jobs wants to give the Gates Foundation a few billion, but he feels they should first be billionaire buddies, like Warren Buffet?

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  • johnknights

    Of course SJ can complement now. Gates is no longer a rival or a threat to him.

    Give me news, give me a quick peck on Ballmer’s cheek.

  • Boo Radley

    I have to say that Steve looks like Gargamel from the Smurfs in this picture…not flattering. Still? I’d have his children.

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