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Tech meets global concerns at Techonomy (photos)

Bill Gates, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, and other big tech names gather in Tahoe to talk about technology and its broader role in the economy.

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Setting the stage

The Techonomy sign adorns the Ritz Carlton near Lake Tahoe in California. The inaugural event drew heavyweights--from Bill Gates to Jeff Bezos to Larry Page--this week to talk about technology and its broader role in the economy.
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Global entrepreneurs

Emerging-market entrepreneurs gather after their Friday morning panel at Techonomy. From left to right, Selco Solar's Harish Hande, mPedigree's Bright Simons, and Ciudad Saludable President Albina Rios.
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On the menu

At Thursday night's dinner at Techonomy, there may have been talk of how meat eating depletes the world of needed grain, but ribs were on the menu.
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The future of money

A panel at Techonomy debates the future of currency. From left to right, moderator Mark Anderson from Strategic News Service, Zong's Hill Ferguson, PayPal's Scott Guilfoyle, Citi's Christopher Kay, and Visa's Bill Sheedy.
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Learning to tweet

Although the Techonomy conference brought together some tech heavyweights, not all attendees were so savvy, with many taking advantage of a tutorial on how to get started with Twitter.
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EU's Neelie Kroes crosses the pond

Here, European Commissioner Neelie Kroes is on stage with conference organizer David Kirkpatrick. The former competition chief for Europe is now in charge of the EU's digital agenda.

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