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July 17, 2006 at 4:41 PM

Online dating worked for Microsoft’s Gary Flake

Gary Flake, head of Microsoft’s Live Labs group, made a confession at the company’s Faculty Summit today: He and his wife didn’t really meet at a bookstore.

They actually met at Match.com seven years ago, back when online dating was still pretty nerdy. The bookstore line was just a “cover story.”

“Now it’s not anything to be embarassed about,” he said.

Other nuggets from his presentation:

— Cellphones in five years are likely to have the power of today’s desktop PCs. “I’m anticipating that at some point we’ll see PCs challenged by cellphones,” he said, noting research of usage in Asia and young consumers that found “people think of this as their universal device, not necessarily the computer.”

— On Google trouncing Overture, where Flake used to be chief science officer: “They learned efficiencies we couldn’t learn fast enough.”

— At Microsoft, Live Labs is trying to sprinkle “pixie dust” on promising projects.

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