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Woz and King Pong team up

Starting with their bearlike countenances and their fascination with toys and children, Nolan Bushnell and Stephen Wozniak have much in common. Each is an idea man who once came up with a billion-dollar blockbuster. Bushnell, 43, started Atari in 1972 and developed Pong, the first successful video game. Wozniak, 35, designed and helped build the first Apple computer in a garage in 1975. Both are engineering wizards at heart who have proved far more adept at creating companies than managing them over the long haul. And each is restlessly angling for an encore.

So last week the two aging wunderkinder announced...

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