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The tech world just isn't the same without Bill Gates being actively involved like he was pre-retirement, but the Microsoft founder still makes time, on occasion, to chat about today's technology trends, even if just in passing. Such was the case when Gates sat down for a conversation with The Chronicle on the topic of higher education. Naturally, the philanthropist had plenty to say on the matter, but he also revealed his thoughts on Microsoft's strategy with the Surface tablet. Gates was asked how he feels about the idea of giving devices, like tablets, to students and hoping for change, as well... Read more...
The Forbes Rich List for 2011 is out, and not only has Carlos Slim retained his title as the world's richest person, he's extended his lead of his closest rivals. Once again in second place is former Microsoft CEO BIll Gates, and Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway is in third. Carlos Slim easily holds the Forbes Rich List #1 slot with a personal value of $74 billion, which means he gained more than $20B year-over-year. Meanwhile, Gates and Buffett "only" have a meaguer $56B and $50B respectively. nterestingly, thanks to a well-publicized influx of cash into Facebook by Goldman Sachs, there are... Read more...
Don't worry, Bill Gates hasn't lost his mind, and starting Tweeting like a bird. Rather, the tech guru has joined the ranks of Twitter.And while Twitter's fail whales were out in force this morning, it was most likely not because Bill Gates joined Twitter, despite the fact that Gates already has over 230,000 followers at the time of this writing.Instead, although Twitter readily admitted it had issues this morning, it was either due to: a) hardware failure or b) the magnitude 6.1 aftershock that hit Haiti this morning. The outage occurred soon after the temblor hit. Gates, on the other hand, tweeted... Read more...
Is there such a thing as being too popular? Having too many friends? If you're Bill Gates, we guess the answer is "yes." The famed Microsoft co-founder has recently admitted to giving up Facebook after "too many" people wanted to befriend him. Of course, we find it kind of silly that Mr. Gates expected anything other than an onslaught of friend requests, but we digress. The face of Microsoft recently told an audience in India that he gave Facebook a shot but ended up throwing his hands in the air after "10,000 people" attempted to become one of his online friends. The issue? He had trouble figuring... Read more...
There once was this little company, formed by these two geeks named Paul Allen and Bill Gates ...Bill Gates and Paul Allen create a partnership called Micro-soft. It will grow into one of the largest U.S. corporations and place them among the world's richest people.Gates and Allen had been buddies and fellow Basic programmers at Lakeside School in Seattle. Allen graduated before Gates and enrolled at Washington State University. They built a computer based on an Intel 8008 chip and used it to analyze traffic data for the Washington state highway department, doing business as Traf-O-Data.You have... Read more...
It was announced so long ago, in 2006, that many have forgotten.  2008 is the year that Bill Gates steps down from his day-to-day role at Microsoft.The Microsoft co-founder is scheduled to end his day-to-day executive duties at the end of June, but he will remain chairman and he's expected to continue working on selected projects.Microsoft has been preparing for Gates' shift to philanthropy since 2006, when the plan was announced, and it has already installed executives Craig Mundie and Ray Ozzie to fill his roles in the business, working with Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer."I don't... Read more...
Now this is my kind of stuff. Earlier in the week we reported on Apple's new ads attacking Vista and the PC in general. It's Microsoft's turn to throw a few stones, and the company's leader himself has some things to say about Apple's assertions... Are you bugged by the Apple commercial where John Hodgman is the PC, and he has to undergo surgery to get Vista? I've never seen it. I don't think the over 90 percent of the [population] who use Windows PCs think of themselves as dullards, or the kind of klutzes that somebody is trying to say they are. How about the implication... Read more...
People like to complain about PayPal and other online payment methods. People also like to complain about Bill Gates. But they will build a shrine to the guy if he manages to slash credit card fees by pioneering micropayments on the web. Because he's not gunning just to make PayPal obsolete; he's going for the big dogs, too: MasterCard and Visa. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Bill Gates indicated that Microsoft was looking into finding a way to make so-called micropayments a reality online. And to make it a... Read more...
Not content with his work at Microsoft, Bill Gates has decided to step away from the day-to-day operations at Microsoft, and devote more time to his charitable foundations. He will still hold a part-time job at Microsoft, but will work full time for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. "I believe with great wealth comes great responsibility - the responsibility to give back to society and make sure those resources are given back in the best possible way, to those in need," he said. Gates added, "It's not a retirement, it's a reordering of my... Read more...
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