The life time mission of Bill Gate may be what he has done in the Microsoft world. He does not need to put his neck into what can easily choke him up. Money is not everything but the level of dissatisfaction in this country is just a killer. If Microsoft choose to merge with Nokia....I will say "go for it" but not for the WHITE house.
DennisQ--We do tend to have a bit of tunnel vision in this industry, but the WSJ hasn't let up on its Google-MM coverage--they have averaged 4 or 5 new stories per day--but maybe they are as tired of the campaign already as I am.
High-profile businessmen have a poor track record in the US unfortunately--remember Ross Perot's run for president?! Thank goodness Donald Trump dropped out before the race even began...Bill Gates might get my vote, but how about a high-level cabinet position instead?
@Parser, Why does it seem to make sense that Bill Gates would rather nudge Microsoft to buy Nokia than run for president? Perhaps because it just does! Buy Nokia to give Microsoft a chance in the nasty operating system war going on in wireless handsets? Yes. Run a brutal campaign for president and get skewered by ruffians on the way? No.
@DennisQ, Here are the odds: Bill Gates for president 2012? Zero. Microsoft buying Nokia? 40 percent. I'll wager first on Microsoft buying Nokia than on Bill Gates running for president. The political wranglings in the country would kill him!
Not only does the thought of campaigning right now seem trivial at best, we still have almost 15 months of this mudslinging to wade through. Personally I think there is way too much time and money put into political campaigns in the first place, with that being said I think right now our country has some serious issues to deal with rather than shaking people’s hands and giving speeches. Let's focus on the serious issues facing this country, and let your actions tell the story rather than speeches.
During any crisis it is very easy to criticize president by creating theoretical statements. They always sound better than actual actions. In past most politicians after election could not do what they theorized during elections, but public is buying and it works for campaign.
Barbara, while I do agree with you, I'm actually a little surprised the Google/Motorola deal received as much TV news coverage as it did: yes, it's very interesting to us working in this industry, but what does the mainstream care if that search engine they use bought that cell phone company that sounds vaguely familiar?
It's not the type of thing that's really going to rock the world of the average consumer, at least in my opinion.
And as far as the Microsoft Nokia merger goes... don't think it's a good idea and I don't think it'll happen.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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