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Bill Gates on Innovation

Bill Gates on Innovation

By Nathan Weinberg December 7, 2007

Bill Gates met with some bloggers Tuesday, and Jonathan Snook decided to go at him with the age-old question about whether Microsoft is an innovator, or a bullying copycat.

Gates on Everything Moving Online

To those of us who have been toiling away trying to explain the benefits of targeted, measurable, interactive advertising: Bill Gates is on our side.

He pulls no punches, and believes that the shift will be ahead of schedule, and not smooth.

Yellow Pages: doomed.

Newspapers: doomed.

Traditional TV ad models: doomed.

And all sooner than people think.

Bill Gates Predicts End Of Yellow Pages
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Technology will advance so far for local advertising that when voice and data truly combine on mobile phones, the usage of venerable yellow page directories to find businesses will be near zero for anyone under 50.

Bill Gates Predicts End Of Yellow Pages
Bill Gates Predicts End Of Yellow Pages
Bill Gates Predicts End Of Yellow Pages
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The boring blogger visits Google Reader later today

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Bill Gates to Step Down?

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At a speech on the Microsoft campus, Bill Gates gave an outline of how the company hopes to compete with-and even outdo-the reigning search champ Google. These and other companies are vying for contracts to install search systems at businesses. A key component of Gates’s plan to succeed is the omnipresent Windows software.