Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., arrives for a morning session at the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Thursday. (Matthew Staver/BLOOMBERG)

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, this year’s conference will feature Bill Gates interviewing Mark Zuckerberg in what’s sure to be the most awkward and beautifully geeky conversation, oh, ever.

Actually, the two will have a lot to talk about, and not only because of their similar Harvard-dropout turned billionaire life stories.

Facebook and Microsoft are getting increasingly cozy, a fact Zuckerberg and Skype CEO Tony Bates mentioned at the social network’s sort-of awesome announcement earlier this week.

Skype, of course, is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft, and Microsoft owns a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook.

And both companies are fighting off the spectre of Google, which is going through a social revolution, with everyone from Newt Gingrich to, yes, Mark Zuckerberg joining the new network before it’s even completely up and running.

So maybe it won’t be so dry after all. And we can always hope that Gates will say something like, “Oh, Mark, sorry about accidentally insinuating that you were engaged last month. My bad.”

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