Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates talk ‘Future of the PC’

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This was the first of only two joint interviews the pair ever gave.
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Aug2626 August, 1991: Fortune magazine publishes the first-ever joint interview between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, under the headline: “The Future of the PC.”

Along with a sit-down interview at the D5 Conference 16 years later, this is one of only two joint interviews the pair ever gave together. It marked 10 years since the first IBM PC shipped, and looked at what the future held for both men — described as the former “boy wonders of computing, now thirtysomething.”

We won’t get to watch Steve Jobs battle Bill Gates on Broadway

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This is presumably before they break into the big tap-dancing number.
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If you’ve long dreamed of seeing the epic tech rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates staged as a Broadway musical, written by two of the writers from Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken (and who hasn’t?), well, I’m afraid you’ll be waiting a bit longer.

That’s because the somewhat unflatteringly-titled Nerds has seen its Broadway opening — originally scheduled for April — cancelled after one of the sources of funding pulled out of the project.

Bill Gates insists Apple should help the FBI unlock iPhone

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On this occasion, it's Bill Gates who is thinking different.
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We’re decades removed from Bill Gates’ vicious battle against Steve Jobs, but Gates isn’t quite as ready as some of his contemporaries to side with Apple concerning one of tech’s biggest stories of 2016.

In a new interview, Gates defies Silicon Valley consensus, arguing that Apple should create an FBI backdoor for the iPhone — and siding with FBI director James Comey by suggesting that this wouldn’t, in fact, set a dangerous precedent for the possibility of future snooping.

Bill Gates says Beatles song perfectly explains relationship with Jobs

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Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, rivals and friends.
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, rivals and friends.
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Bill Gates has a song in his heart for the late Steve Jobs. Yes, they were fierce rivals as they pioneered products that revolutionized personal computing, but the competition mellowed into a good friendship.

So when Gates, in an interview on BBC show Desert Island Discs, was asked to choose eight songs and why they are meaningful to him, he had one picked out for Jobs — “Two of Us” by The Beatles.