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Gates Foundation Bets on Facebook Startup to Keep Kids in School

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants to encourage college freshmen to stay in school -- and it's counting on social networking to help. Today, the organization is expected to announce a $2 million investment in a company called Inigral, which sets up school-specific Facebook sites at colleges around the country. Unlike Facebook pages devoted to particular colleges or universities,...

Bill Gates: Mubarak's Internet Blockade Is in Vain

Bill Gates sat down with Katie Couric for a little one-on-one yesterday, and the conversation naturally turned to the current events in Egypt. For his part, the Microsoft founder wasn't terribly shocked that Hosni Mubarak managed to shut down the Internet across the country. "It's not that hard to shut the Internet down if you have military power, where you can tell people that's what's going to...

People Admire Bill Gates More Than the Dalai Lama, Pope, Glenn Beck

The Dalai Lama and Pope Benedict XVI are two of the most lauded men in the world, but, according to a recent USAToday/Gallup poll, neither man is quite as admirable as Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder ranked fifth in this year's 'Most Admired Man' poll, behind Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who topped the list for the third consecutive year. On the women's side,...

Bill and Melinda Gates Still Avoid Apple Products Like the Plague

Here's a shocker: Bill Gates doesn't like Apple products. In a recent interview with the New York Times Magazine, Melinda Gates roundly refuted rumors that she and her billionaire husband own Mac laptops, and insisted that her children are still forbidden from owning iPods. The matriarch of the Gates household may still dream of owning an iPod, but whenever one of her kids asks for one, her...

Ray Ozzie Unearths Windows 1.0 Press Release

Chief software architect at Microsoft Ray Ozzie was digging though his archives when he stumbled across a folder dated November 20th, 1985. Inside was the original press release and related materials for the release of Windows 1.0. The presser includes quotes from the likes of Bill Gates, who proclaims, "Windows provides unprecedented power to users today and a foundation for hardware and...

Bill Gates Says Internet Will Offer the Best Education in Five Years

If you didn't get into your college of choice, don't worry. Bill Gates thinks that where you get your college soon won't matter. According to Tech Crunch, Gates said last week at the Techonomy 2010 conference that, over the next five years, the Internet will offer a better education than the collegiate model. "Five years from now on the Web, for free, you'll be able to find the best lectures in...

White House Staffers Slacking With iPads, Bill Gates Leads Energy Research Charge

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... The White House apparently harbors numerous, and already devoted, fans of the iPad, including Vice President Biden, economic adviser Larry Summers and several members of the press staff. They also all seem to be serious procrastinators, as 'Scrabble,' 'Lost' and 'Vanity Fair' rank among the assorted downloads. 'Vanity Fail?'...

Another iPhone 4G Appears, NASA Wants to Engage Spaceships in Laser Battle

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Another illicit iPhone 4G has surfaced, but raiding homes for answers should prove incredibly difficult for the Apple goons in this particular case. The Vietnamese site Taoviet reportedly dropped $4,000 for the mysteriously gained gadget, which Engadget has identified as housing an A4 processor. [From: Engadget] With Europe's...

Microsoft's Bill Gates and Paul Allen Pay Respects to 'Father of the PC'

The man who gave Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen their respective first jobs with computers has died. According to the BBC News, Dr. Henry Edward Roberts, dubbed 'The Father of the PC,' passed away yesterday after a long battle with pneumonia. "Ed was willing to take a chance on us -- two young guys interested in computers long before they were commonplace -- and we have always been...

Microsoft Says Seinfeld Ads Were Intentionally Strange, Like 'Lost'

If there's one universal opinion about the series of Microsoft ads featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld, it's that they were confusing as all get out. If Microsoft marketing strategist David Weber is to be believed, that was the whole point. In an interview with TechFlash, Weber explained, "We figured that that sort of obscure nature of the communications would make people lean in a...

Bill Gates Wants to Nuke Your House, Demi Moore's Twitter Suicide Prevention?

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Gallup has been gauging the public's attitude about nuclear power since 1994, and the organization is claiming that support for the energy source is now at an all-time high. That's great news for Toshiba and TerraPower (which is partially funded by energy-vacuum Bill Gates), the two of which are reportedly discussing a plan to...

Forbes's Billionaire List Full of Geek Bigwigs, Pirates Ignoring New French Laws

Highlights form this morning's other big tech headlines.... Forbes has released its Croesus rankings of the world's wealthiest billionaires, and the list includes an impressive team of nerd all-stars, including Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt and Steve Ballmer. He may not own the overall top billionaire spot anymore (that honor going to Carlos Slim), but Bill Gates still leads the tech rankings...

Bill Gates Dances at Sundance

Share With all the focus on the new iPad, Bill Gates may need to let loose once in a while -- hence his boogieing till the wee hours during a Bing-sponsored blowout at the Sundance Film Festival. According to a "spy" for the New York Post's Page Six, the Microsoft founder-cum-compulsive philanthropist was seen "gyrating" in a VIP booth till 2 a.m. during a performance by John Legend and the...

Bill Gates Makes a Surprisingly Comfortable 'Daily Show' Appearance

Bill Gates hasn't exactly helped to dispel the 'Revenge of the Nerds' stereotype of dorks as socially awkward, outcast bookworms with horrid fashion sense. When the dork extraordinaire first appeared on 'The Daily Show' with Jon Stewart in 2007, he only acerbated that ridiculously geeky and uncomfortable public image. Perhaps his bohemian globetrotting has served as a journey of self...

The Gates Notes Share What's on Bill Gates's Mind

If following Bill Gates on Twitter just wasn't doing it for you, then hold on to your panties, Windows fans. Billy-G has launched a new Web site, called The Gates Notes, as a way to chronicle his experiences traveling the world and to share conversations he's had with experts about the issues most important to him. The site, essentially a meticulously categorized blog, offers distinct...