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“I think the environment for doing major research and development — real innovation — is better now than it was before.”

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, on the dot-com implosion’s effect on Microsoft’s research-by-acquisition strategy, The New York Times, 17 December 2001

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DRIFTING AWAY IN REALPLAYERVILLE

“If only a company like Outback Steakhouse or Krispy Kreme would throw us a bone, we could lead the way in Internet radio to becoming solvent.”

Radio Margaritaville program director Steve Huntington, on the Buffett-backed Internet broadcaster’s inability to find advertisers, Los Angeles Times, 13 December 2001