Skype, Google, Microsoft and Cisco all in one panel

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Skype, Google, Microsoft and Cisco all in one panel

The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland assembled quite the star-studded team of technology gurus and CEOs from Skype, Google, Microsoft, and Cisco to discuss IP communications. This included Microsoft's Bill Gates, Cisco's John Chambers, Google's Eric Schmidt and Skype/Ebay's Niklas Zennstrom. Now that is some technology panel! I wonder if they were all cordial to one another considering how competitive they are.

I also wonder if Niklas Zennstrom actually flew to Switzerland to participate or if he is concerned about being arrested there as well for his ole' Kazaa P2P file-sharing gig. Niklas has spoken at ITEXPO in the past but only via video teleconferencing since apparently officials in the U.S. want to "chat" with him about copyright infringment via Kazaa. I think Switzerland is pretty liberal when it comes to P2P file-sharing, so he's probably safe to travel there. In any event, check out the interesting article talking about these heavyweights participating in the same technology panel.

Oh and rumor has it Bill Gates said to all of them "My checkbook is bigger than all your checkbooks" to which John Chambers replied, "Yeah, but my 'hardware' is bigger than your hardware." ;) (I'm kidding of course)

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