Items tagged with Bill Gates

Microsoft is riding high these days under CEO Satya Nadella. The company is firmly entrenched in the cloud business, has deftly transitioned its software products to a subscription model for its most profitable customers, invested heavily in deep learning and advanced AI technologies, and is finally seeing some of the fruits of its investment into the Surface family of first-party hardware. As a result, Microsoft shares closed at an all-time high of $61 in late October (the company is still not far off that mark today at $59.15). With all that is going right at Microsoft these days, Bloomberg decided... Read more...
Look, I've seen a lot of things on the Internet, some of it real and some if it obviously not. I've watched knife-wielding crabs (wasn't real, but let's not be party poopers), a rat stealing a piece of pizza, a dad in a Batman mask teaching his kids hilarious life lessons, dancing babies, Hitler overreacting to everything, two girls...well, let's not go there. But folks, never say you've seen it all, because you haven't. Bill and Melinda Gates just reminded us of that. The philanthropic duo appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote GatesLetter.com, an annual letter encouraging change... Read more...
There’s a new voice speaking up in the battle between FBI and Apple over unlocking an iPhone that belonged to one of two San Bernardino terrorists that killed over a dozen people back in December. While tech giants including Facebook, Twitter and Google quickly came to Apple’s defense, a tech pioneer is striking a different tone in the increasingly thorny discussion. In a report posted yesterday entitled “Bill Gates Backs FBI iPhone Hack Request,” Gates is on camera expressing his opinion on the matter, which doesn’t exactly mesh with the thoughts and wishes of Apple CEO Tim Cook. Gates says that... Read more...
The two men arguably most responsible for the technological landscape we find ourselves in today will be the subject of a new comedy musical set to open on Broadway next April. We're of course talking about Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, and Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, two of the most influential men who took different albeit parallel paths. Appropriately enough, the musical is called "Nerds," a term that wasn't always said with affection. Both Gates and Jobs come from an era when calling someone a nerd was considered somewhat derogatory, and advanced technology to the point where "nerd"... Read more...
Smartphones have invaded nearly every aspect of our lives. We use them to email, surf the Internet, text, check our bank statements, play games, and **gasp** actually make phone calls. These personal devices are our computers away from home (or the office) and in the case of developing nations; smartphones are often the only access that people have to the Internet. That’s what makes this latest research effort from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science so intriguing. A team of researchers led by Columbia Engineering associate professor Samuel K. Sia have developed a... Read more...
You've probably seen friends and family members willingly pouring chilly buckets of ice filled water over their heads, the latest social networking trend intended to draw attention to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a neurodegenerative disease affecting nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and which over time can lead to total paralysis. Not only are average Joes and Janes participating, but so are some heavyweights in the tech industry, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. When doing the challenge, it's customary to call out other people to do... Read more...
When the world's richest person offers an opinion on a business strategy, it's a good idea to listen to what he or she has to say. In this instance, that person happens to be Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and also currently the world's wealthiest person. In a recent interview, Gates said he would "absolutely" support Microsoft's newly minted CEO Satya Nadella's decision to spin-off the company's Xbox division, if in fact he went that route. Gates made the comment to Fox Business, which was first picked up by Eurogamer.net. During the interview, Gates talked about bringing PC gaming and Xbox... Read more...
It's hard to imagine a world where Bill Gates isn't directly vested in Microsoft, the company he co-founded and that made him a multi-billionaire. But as weird as that may be to fathom, Bill Gates may be all out of Microsoft shares within the next four years if he keeps selling them off at the pace he's been on for the past 12 years. As part of a pre-set trading plan, Gates has been selling off 20 million Microsoft shares every quarter. In doing so, former CEO Steve Ballmer just surpassed Gates as the company's largest individual shareholder with 333 million shares versus 330 million, Reuters reports.... Read more...
Edward Snowden, former contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) who blew the whistle on the U.S. government's spying efforts by disclosing thousands of classified documents -- is he a hero for what he did, a traitor, or something else? It's a discussion point that may be debated for decades for come, and is certainly being talked about now. Both Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak have an opinion on the matter, which they recently shared publicly. In an interview with Rolling Stones, the co-founder of Microsoft was critical of Snowden's actions, or at least the way he went about them. As a result,... Read more...
There's no disputing that Bill Gates is blessed with a brilliant mind. Sure, he dropped out of Harvard College, but he got accepted into the elite institution of higher learning in the first place. Leading into his college career, Gates scored 1,590 out of 1,600 on the SAT. The rest is history -- he went on to co-found Microsoft, built a net worth that's in the billions ($76.8 billion at last count), and now spends his time on his philanthropic efforts. In fact, one of the few things you won't find on his resume is that of being a chess champion, and having now been soundly beaten by one on television,... Read more...
Since Steve Ballmer is stepping down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, the Redmond software giant is getting a bit of a fresh start, and depending on who takes his place, the company will get a fresh new perspective, as well. However, some feel that Ballmer's departure isn't enough; they want co-founder Bill Gates to step away, too. Citing "people familiar with the matter," Reuters is reporting that three of the top 20 shareholders in Microsoft are collectively urging the board to encourage Gates to step down as chairman. Those three shareholders represent a 5 percent stake... Read more...
You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who would suggest that Bill Gates isn't a pretty intelligent guy. But, he's also Microsoft at his core, and that company doesn't exactly "get along" with the likes of Samsung, Apple, and Google. Lately, Gates has taken a particularly harsh tone in regard to Google's Project Loon -- a wild initiative that puts Internet distribution up in the clouds. The goal was to provide Internet to rural and under-served areas via floating balloons, but Gates is suggesting that it simply will not help the poor. According to Gates: "When you're dying of malaria... I'm not sure... Read more...
How the time flies. I remember a time when Bill Gates' fortunate was valued at a mere $40 billion. It seemed like no one could touch him, until a certain business magnate Carlos Slim came along and surpassed him in 2007. Since then, the fortunes of both men have continued to increase, and this week, Bloomberg's Billionaires Index has put Mr. Gates in the lead once again, with a fortune of $72.7 billion. Mr. Slim settles in at $72.1 billion. It may be easy to assume that the majority of Mr. Gates' wealth stemmed from Microsoft, but that's not the case. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is responsible... Read more...
Bill Gates as long since removed himself from the day-to-day workings of Microsoft, but that’s not to say he won’t pinch hit for the software giant from time to time. In an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” this week (in which he sat alongside Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffett), Gates took a swipe at Apple’s market-dominating iPad.  Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 with Windows 8 “Microsoft is trying to gain share in what has been dominated by the iPad-type device,” said Gates. “But a lot of those users are frustrated. They can’t... Read more...
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