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February 24 2014

February 10 2014

Bill Gates: Don't Call Me a College Dropout
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Bill Gates has earned many titles over the years — world's richest man, tech visionary and leading philanthropist — but there's one title he seems to question: college dropout.

Gates, who attended Harvard for three years, is frequently mentioned alongside other notable tech executives like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg who dropped out of school and went on to become hugely successful.

"It is strange to call me a college drop out in all but the most literal sense. I went for three years and took enough courses to graduate," Gates said during a Reddit AMA on Monday, in response to a question about the impact of higher education on his success. "So I am kind of a failure as a drop out and I don't have a degree ..." Read more...

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February 04 2014

He's Baaack! Bill Gates Shifts Role at Microsoft to Help New CEO
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The most influential person at Microsoft has a new role. No, we're not talking about Satya Nadella's new position as CEO.

Microsoft announced Tuesday that Bill Gates, the company's cofounder and largest shareholder, will step out from his longtime role as chairman and into a new advisory role, with more active involvement in the company and a focus on "supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction."

John Thompson, the board member who led the months-long search for a new CEO, will take over as Microsoft chairman.

"I'm thrilled that Satya has asked me to step up, substantially increasing the time that I spend at the company," Gates says in a video (below) posted by Microsoft. "I'll have over a third of my time available to meet with product groups and it'll be fun to define this next round of products, working together." Read more...

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Now Tech Leaders Are Really Sucking Up to Satya Nadella
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Satya Nadella's appointment as the new CEO of Microsoft, coupled with the news that Bill Gates would step down as chairman of the board of Microsoft, sent the tech industry and notable corporate leaders abuzz

Many, like Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior, were congratulatory.

Congrats to my friend @satyanadella !

— Padmasree (@Padmasree) February 4, 2014

Noted investor Chris Sacca added his congrats.

@satyanadella Congrats, Satya. It was fun working the Twitter deal with you in '09. Here's to ramping up your Tweets again soon.

— Chris Sacca (@sacca) February 4, 2014 Read more...

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January 30 2014

Report: Microsoft Has New Frontrunner to Replace Steve Ballmer as CEO
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Four months after Microsoft announced that longtime CEO Steve Ballmer would retire, the company is reportedly close to naming a replacement.

Bloomberg reports that Microsoft's board is close to naming Satya Nadella as its next CEO. Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992 and has run a number of divisions in the past. He currently heads up the company's cloud and enterprise efforts.

The selection isn't finalized, according to the report, but Nadella has apparently edged out dozens of other candidates inside and outside the company, including Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, former Skype CEO Tony Bates and Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf. Alan Mulally, the CEO of Ford, was rumored to be the frontrunner for awhile, but bowed out in early January. Read more...

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January 25 2014

Al Gore on Climate Change: 'Extreme Weather Events Are a Gamechanger'
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Climate change made an appearance at the 44th annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, thanks to former Vice-President Al Gore and former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates. The two world figures commented on how extreme weather events are intensifying global awareness of the climate change phenomenon

The weather events they mentioned include the likes of the recent typhoon Haiyan and Hurricane Sandy, both of which caused huge economic and human damage

“I think that these extreme weather events which are now a hundred times more common than 30 years ago are really waking people's awareness all over the world [on climate change], and I think that is a gamechanger, “ said Gore, as reported by The Guardian Read more...

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January 22 2014

Bill Gates Dons Chicken Head for Outrageous Viral Video
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What's the best way to get the message out about something? A viral video

And no one knows viral videos better than Jimmy Fallon. So the late night talk show host selflessly helped Bill Gates — who probably knows nothing about the Internet — get the word out about his new website, GatesLetter.com

So the inventor turned philanthropist dons a chicken head, blond bob wig, tiny hats and an afro. This is perhaps the best thing Gates has given the Internet (#irony)

But things did get a tad awkward during the interview though when Jimmy had to hide his Mac laptop from Bill. Oops Read more...

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An Open Letter From Bill Gates
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Melinda and I published our latest Annual Letter this week. It’s a bit of a departure for us. Unlike the past five letters, this one isn’t about the foundation’s work. Instead, we decided to take on some of the myths — about poverty, overpopulation and foreign aid — that are blocking progress for the poor.

For example, many people think development aid is a large part of rich countries’ budgets, which would mean a lot can be saved by cutting back on it. When pollsters ask Americans what share of the budget goes to aid, the average response is 25%. When asked how much the government should spend, people tend to say 10%.

For the United States, the actual number is less than 1%. Read more...

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December 19 2013

Bill Gates Gives Secret Santa Present to Lucky Redditor
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Secret Santa is generally an awkward tradition that requires buying gifts for someone whom you barely speak to all year in the name of Christmas cheer. It usually results in random coffee table books or Starbucks gift cards — unless Bill Gates is your secret Santa.

Reddit user NY1227, who was participating in Reddit's annual online secret Santa gift exchange, posted a message to RedditGifts Wednesday that read "Spoiler alert: Bill Gates did not get you, because he got me."

Turns out, NY1227 received her present — a stuffed animal cow, a donation on her behalf to Heifer International and a National Geographic book — only to realize her random gift giver was the Microsoft founder himself Read more...

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November 21 2013

Coming Soon to Your Bedroom: Beef-Tendon Condoms
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Perhaps the best thing that can be said about condoms is that they work. Once negotiated out of their crinkly wrappers, they reliably protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. They are simple to make, cheap to buy and easy to obtain — whether you’re in Norway or rural Niger. Using a condom doesn’t require a prescription or a health care provider, and there are rarely any adverse effects — unless you consider the loss of pleasure, which, this being sex, matters a great deal.

On Wednesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced it was disbursing $1 million in grants for a next-generation condom that does the job without the perceived pleasure trade-off. “The undeniable and unsurprising truth is that most men prefer sex without a condom, while the risks related to HIV infections or unplanned pregnancies are disproportionately borne by their partners,” said Dr. Papa Salif Sow, a senior program officer on the HIV team at the Gates Foundation. “The common analogy is that wearing a condom is like taking a shower with a raincoat on. A redesigned condom that overcomes inconvenience, fumbling, or perceived loss of pleasure would be a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty." Read more...

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November 14 2013

Bill Gates Is Now a Magazine Editor
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Wired magazine handed over its December issue to rookie guest editor Bill Gates, who helped to curate an issue focused on innovation to cure disease, save lives and end poverty

The issue, which Gates began working on in the spring, hit newsstands on Wednesday

The Gates-edited magazine includes stories on eradicating polio, mapping projects and "school-in-a-box" education solutions for Africa. In addition to the print magazine, Gates is featured in an online video package that also includes former President Bill Clinton.

"Bill read over almost everything in the issue multiple times and gave extensive notes on it," Wired's Editor in Chief Scott Dadich told Mashable." Read more...

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September 26 2013

Bill Gates Apologizes for Ctrl-Alt-Del Design, Blames IBM
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Bill Gates said that a convoluted login screen was a big design flaw for Windows, but he's not taking credit for it.

The Microsoft co-founder revealed in a speech at a Harvard University fundraiser that forcing users to use the control-alt-delete key combination to log into their PCs was a mistake — one made by IBM, the designers of the reboot combination. Gates went on to explain that the multiple-key command — often called the three-finger salute — was created by David Bradley, an engineer who worked on the original IBM design

Gates said the original thought behind the design was a security measure to prevent outside applications from faking the login prompt and stealing passwords. Read more...

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August 23 2013

Why Steve Ballmer Decided to Retire Now
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Steve Ballmer shocked the tech world on Friday when he announced his plans to retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months

Ballmer may not have been the most well-liked CEO — far from it. His approval rating on employee review site Glassdoor is just 47% and he has been panned many times by analysts and reporters since taking over for Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in 2000, with sites like CNBC and Forbes ranking him among the worst CEOs of last year

The surprising factor, however, is the timing. News of his departure comes barely one month after Ballmer introduced a massive restructuring at Microsoft to focus the company around devices and services. Ballmer had initially planned to leave in the middle of this restructuring and shift in focus, but apparently decided the company needed someone who would see it through. Read more...

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August 16 2013

Not Into 'Jobs'? Maybe 'Gates' Is More Your Style
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If you were among the many movie-goers who didn't enjoy the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs, we have the perfect alternative for you.

Official Comedy created the ultimate Jobs parody with a trailer for Gates, an imagined film about the famous Microsoft founder.

Parodying Bill Gates' likable geekiness, ever-polite attitude and relatively unhindered path to success (compared to that of Steve Jobs), the video shows why a Gates biopic would make for a slightly less exciting film than Jobs.

Check out the clip above and let us know what you think of the parody in the comment section. Read more...

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June 13 2013

Bill Gates Joins LinkedIn
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Bill Gates made his LinkedIn debut Thursday morning as one of the network's super influencers, an illustrious network of business moguls who contribute blog posts on the social network

In his first post, Gates reveals three skills he has learned from Warren Buffet, from investing to time management. We also get to see another side of the relationship between Gates and Buffet — as it turns out, they're actually friends. Gates even admits to looking to Buffet for help with big decisions regarding both Microsoft and the Gates Foundation

"The dialogue has been invaluable to me, and not only at Microsoft. When Melinda and I started our foundation, I turned to him for advice. We talked a lot about the idea that philanthropy could be just as impactful in its own way as software had been." Read more...

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May 16 2013

Bill Gates Is World's Richest Man Once Again
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Thanks to a recent stock surge, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is once again the world's richest man, a title he hasn't held since 2007, according to Bloomberg.

Gates' fortune is now worth $72.1 billion, according to Bloomberg, putting him about $550 million ahead of the former No. 1, Mexico's Carlos Slim. Gates' wealth has jumped 10% this year as Microsoft's shares have risen

On Thursday, the company's stock price hit a five-year high. Slim's wealth has fallen $2 billion this year as Mexico's Congress passed a monopoly-busting telecom bill that threatens his company America Movil SAB's commanding position in the market. Read more...

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May 13 2013

Bill Gates Details Last Moments With Steve Jobs: We Grew Up Together [Video]

Bill Gates was the subject of last night's 60 Minutes and he and host Charlie Rose touched on a wide array of topics, primarily the billionaire's humanitarian efforts under the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

While the focus may have been on life after Microsoft, the interview also included emotional recollections from Gates as he recalled the last time he saw longtime rival Steve Jobs alive in May of 2011. He recalls Jobs being very forward-looking, focusing both on heavy subjects like where technology had failed education as well as personal ones, like finishing his 260-foot yacht Venus despite the somber realization from both he and Gates that it was unlikely he would ever set foot on the finished vessel. 

When asked, as he often is, what he think Jobs was better at, Gates immediately responds, "His sense of design, that everything had to fit an aesthetic...it shows that design can lead you in a good direction and phenomenal products came out it."

Watch the unaired footage from the interview below: 

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August 16 2012

October 18 2011

Bill Gates to Take the Witness Stand in Anti-Trust Case

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Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is heading to court to testify in an anti-trust lawsuit filed by Novell, a creator of network operating systems. Novell claims Microsoft purposely shut it out of the marketplace.

The case carries eery reminders of Microsoft’s 1998 battle with the Department of Justice, which accused Microsoft of monopolizing the market on Internet web browsers by bundling Internet Explorer with its Microsoft Windows operating system.

The 1998 case was controversial in its own right, but Microsoft’s case was hurt by its conduct in court, including one claim of falsifying evidence and Gates himself, who the judge said was “evasive and non-responsive.”

The Novell case finds an older, more mature Gates testifying on similar principles. Yet the case trods old ground. Novell, which also owned WordPerfect, is citing a Microsoft email from 1994 that quotes Gates telling Microsoft developers to “wait until we have a way to do a high level of integration that will be harder for [the] likes of Notes, WordPerfect to achieve, and which will give Office a real advantage,” reported Charles Cooper at ZDnet.

Much like the 1998 case, Gates and Microsoft are laying their defense on the concept of innovation. About the 1994 email, Gates said in a deposition, “The decision I was making in this memo is about: Is this an important thing? And I’m saying it’s not.”

Gates is now most known for his work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and spreading global philanthropy. Though Gates has mellowed since 1998, Novell is dragging up some very familiar skeletons from his days as Microsoft’s CEO.

Image courtesy of Flickr, United Nations Information Service – Geneva

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July 19 2011

Bill Gates To Reinvent The Toilet

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The man who revolutionized the personal computer is putting his efforts — and foundation — to revolutionizing toilets. Microsoft founder Bill Gates said he will dedicate $42 million towards reinventing the toilet.

Water hygiene and safe waste disposal are two of the biggest causes of infant mortality in the developing countries. Gates and his foundation hope to create inexpensive toilets to vastly improve the living conditions of millions of people. It may seem like a silly subject but it’s one that could save lives around the world.

“No innovation in the past 200 years has done more to save lives and improve health than the sanitation revolution triggered by invention of the toilet,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the president of the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “But it did not go far enough. It only reached one-third of the world. What we need are new approaches. New ideas.”

The initiative was launched by Burwell on Tuesday in Kigali, Rwanda.

Part of the foundation’s plan is the Reinventing the Toilet Challenge, which funds research at eight universities around the world to develop a toilet that will turn waste into energy, clean water or nutrients. The solution must be a stand-alone unit without piped-in water, a sewer connection or outside electricity. The foundation partnered with USAID to fix water sanitation as part of the UN’s 2015 Millennium Development Goals.

Today, 40% of the world’s population does not have access to flush toilets. One billion people defecate in the open. Each year, 1.5 million children die each year from diarrhea, many of which are preventable with improved sanitation.

The foundation is prioritizing convenience and affordability in the solutions it considers. The toilets must be easy to install and cost no more than $0.05 a day to maintain.

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