Bill Gates and fashion? The two can co-exist. The Microsoft chairman's comments last week at the Consumer Electronics Show may have inspired a fashion trend. Tech site asked Gates if intellectual-property...

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Bill Gates and fashion? The two can co-exist. The Microsoft chairman’s comments last week at the Consumer Electronics Show may have inspired a fashion trend.

Tech site asked Gates if intellectual-property laws need to be changed. He said more world economies believe in intellectual property than ever before.

“There are fewer communists in the world today than there were,” he added. “There are some new modern-day sort of communists who want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and moviemakers and software makers under various guises.”

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That stirred up a hornet’s nest on sites like, where contributors created an image of a red flag with a gold icon of a reversed copyright symbol. That icon, known informally as “copyleft,” refers to the idea of allowing content to be copied, modified and redistributed.

By Thursday, T-shirts with a winged copyleft symbol were being sold on the CafePress Web site at and at

Off to eBay

Executives of the former AT&T Wireless are busy lining up new gigs these days as the company works to combine with Cingular Wireless. One, Chief Information Officer Chris Corrado, became chief technology officer of auction site eBay last week.

Blog audience

In a recent survey, 27 percent of Internet users say they read blogs, compared with 17 percent about a year ago.

Source: Pew Internet & American Life

Corrado was once head of the security-solutions practice at Wipro Technologies, an offshoring company. At AT&T Wireless, he helped oversee the company’s cost-cutting effort, called Project Pinnacle. The project included slashing the company’s information-technology staff and outsourcing some positions overseas.

AT&T Wireless upgraded its customer-care systems during this time, although it had major technical problems that led to mass customer defections.

At eBay, Corrado will oversee maintenance of its electronic-transaction platform and management of Web-site operations, information technology and security. His base salary is $400,000 a year, in addition to a $100,000 signing bonus. It has been recommended to the company’s board that he also receive options for 300,000 shares of stock, according to

Don’t be fooled

Those relatives of Nigerian royalty are being pushed aside for tsunami victims. A new round of spam is hitting inboxes that purports to be from tsunami survivors asking for aid, according to a Reuters report.

The messages ask people to send donations through a bank account in Malta, the report said. Others seek help freeing up a bank account in the Netherlands.

The best way to handle donations? Contact legitimate aid groups yourself.

Not on these phones

Porn is going wireless. By 2008, porn on wireless applications will be a $90 million industry in the U.S. and a $1 billion business worldwide, according to a report by the Yankee Group as noted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

But Atlanta-based Cingular Wireless wants out of the game — at least partly. It has shut down a service it inherited from AT&T Wireless that allowed users to download pictures of fully clothed porn stars.

Then, there’s always the iPod. announced last week that some of its images are now available to be downloaded to the iPod Photo players, a feature it has named the “iBod.”

On the record

New business:

Bellevue-based Saflink has won a subcontract as a technology provider to BearingPoint for a contract related to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security project. … Seattle-based thePlatform said it will manage video content delivery for MSN’s new video download service.

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