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Wozniak likes NBN so much, he’s applying for citizenship

Negar Salek, AFR | Sept. 25, 2012
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has listed the rollout of a national broadband network as one of the reasons he wants to become an Australian.

He said Silicon Valley was today abuzz with start-up activity, defying US economic woes. "There's a lot going on right now in Silicon Valley; the recession aspects just really don't hit us at all." He said he would help young start-ups, time permitting.

"I'm just meeting people when I can, really young entrepreneurs, just inspiring them. I'm incredibly busy just speaking around the world on many different topics," he said.

In a visit earlier this year he told the AFR he feared the torrent of intellectual property lawsuits being filed by companies such as Apple, Samsung, Google, HTC and Nokia because they could prevent future entrepreneurs from treading a path to technology fortune.

"I care so much about the young person that has some technical knowledge and want to start their own business," he said.

A true gadget enthusiast, Mr Wozniak lined up outside the Apple store in Chermside in suburban Brisbane on Friday to buy the iPhone 5 where he tweeted: "In line for first iPhone 5's in the world! (@ Apple Store w/ 2 others)."


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