Mike Lazaridis can now say he has something in common with Bill Gates. Roughly 17 years after Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) co-founder walked off the set of an interview with Connie Chung, Lazaridis cut short this week's interview with the BBC.

As you'll see, Lazaridis took issue with questions posed about (ahem) "issues" raised a year ago by the governments of the United Arab Emirates and India, among others. Regulators there feared terrorists were using Research In Motion's (Nasdaq: RIMM) encrypted network to communicate.

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