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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.


Comments | Topics: Bill Gates, Billionaire techies, Google

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…


Comments | Topics: Apple, apps, azure

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.



Comments | Topics: Bill Gates, Billionaire techies, Intellectual Ventures

January 14, 2013 at 9:39 AM

CES: Finding console clues – a PlayStation 4K?

With all the hoopla at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, you’d never guess it was missing a few hugely important products that are about to be released by two of the industry’s biggest players. I’m talking about new versions of Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation that are expected to debut later this year. They’re potentially the…


Comments | Topics: 4K TV, Bill Gates, ces

January 2, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Bill Gates up $7 billion in 2012, world’s second richest

Seattle’s tech billionaires got richer in 2012, according to Bloomberg’s billionaire index, which released a year-end report today. Bill Gates gained $7 billion last year, bringing his estimated net worth to $62.7 billion, according to Bloomberg. Jeff Bezos also jumped up the list with a $6.9 billion gain last year as his company’s stock jumped…


Comments | Topics:, Bill Gates, Billionaire techies

October 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Gates, Ballmer cheer employees’ $1 billion charity mark

It’s been awhile since Bill Gates headlined a Microsoft press conference, but he surfaced for an unusual event today at the company’s Redmond headquarters. Gates joined Chief Executive Steve Ballmer and other dignitaries to announce a milestone in the Microsoft employee giving program, which began 30 years ago after a nudge from Gates’ parents. The giving program…


Comments | Topics: Bill Gates, Billionaire techies, grants

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