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August 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Bill Gates on his big goals, Google balloons and rockets

Don’t look for Bill Gates to join the other tech tycoons building spacecraft as an avocation.

“In terms of improving the state of humanity, I don’t see the direct connection,” he told BusinessWeek in an interview published today. “I guess it’s fun, because you shoot rockets up in the air. But it’s not an area that I’ll be putting money into.”

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That sass may make things awkward at the next neighborhood potluck in Medina, especially if Jeff Bezos shows up.

But it’s hard to argue with the priorities Gates has chosen. The world’s richest man is putting most of his energy into battling polio, malaria and childhood mortality rates.

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June 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Microsoft touts Azure progress, builds iOS app

SAN FRANCISCO _ When in Rome, do as the Romans, so Microsoft built app for the iPhone using a Mac on stage in front of 6,000 developers here at its Build conference today. After touting the growth of its Azure online computing platform and its new Visual Studio software tool kit, Microsoft demonstrated how easy it…

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May 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Video: “Bill Gates 2.0” on ending diseases, saving kids, Leonardo and Jobs

He didn’t get the full hour, but Bill Gates was the highlight of last night’s episode of “60 Minutes.”

The CBS news show presented a wide-ranging feature on Gates and his role as the world’s most generous philanthropist, with footage from Africa to Seattle and candid interviews with Bill and Melinda Gates and Bill Gates Sr., mostly covering ways the foundation they run is working to improve the lives of billions of people around the world.

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