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Category: Bill Gates
January 28, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Bill Gates takes on AI, Bitcoin in Reddit chat

Bill Gates, in the latest stop on his January media campaign of sorts, took to Reddit to answer some of your burning questions.

Among the topics the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist addressed:

  • Microsoft’s recently unveiled  HoloLens is “pretty amazing,” but it will take a few years of software development for it to reach its full potential.
  • While digital currencies could be used to help the developing world get better access to banking, the anonymity of services like Bitcoin presents some problems.
  • The development of supercharged artificial intelligence could be worrying…

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January 22, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Bill Gates to guest edit tech site The Verge

Microsoft Co-Founder and Technology Advisor Bill Gates (Photo by Microsoft)

Microsoft Co-Founder and Technology Advisor Bill Gates (Photo by Microsoft)

Bill Gates, a man who on his own wields an impressive megaphone, will make use of a bit of a different platform next month.

The Microsoft-co founder, fresh off the release of an ambitious list of human development goals in an annual letter released this week, will guest edit technology and science site The Verge in February.


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June 15, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Microsoft news roundup: Bill Gates tie-less, cell phones cut, Google on Bing

Some bits and bytes on Microsoft from around the country: New York Post says Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin has a team of engineers dissecting Bing, Microsoft’s newly upgraded search engine. Early data after Bing’s launch at the beginning of June show that traffic numbers have improved for Microsoft’s search operation. MocoNews says Microsoft has stopped…


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March 12, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Billionaire Bill, down $18 billion, is back on top of Forbes list

Scroogeswim.jpg The Forbes list of the world’s richest people is practically a rite of spring around here. Are we home to the richest, second richest or, gasp, third richest person in the world? This year, as billionaires around the world saw their fortunes cut by the global economic downturn, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates lost the least among the top three — $18 billion — and edged back to the top spot on the list with about $40 billion in his money bin. Gates’ friend and partner-in-philanthropy Warren Buffett is No. 2 on the list, with $37 very large. (He had moved to No. 1 in last year’s survey.) Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim Helu, who surpassed Gates as world’s richest in summer 2007 (by a different estimate), is third on the global list with $35 billion. Another software titan, Larry Ellison of Oracle, leaped from 14th in 2008 to 4th, at $22.5 billion.


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February 12, 2009 at 2:21 PM

What fate for Bill Gates’ famous ‘Think Weeks’ at Microsoft?

First mentioned last week in Mini-Microsoft’s “pause” post, Microsoft is apparently rethinking the weeklong study sessions instituted by Bill Gates and later expanded to be a tool for percolating ideas up to the top from throughout the company. Mini wrote, “Within our leadership, there’s no one left who wants to read your Think Week paper, so they’re killing that off.”Mary Jo Foley followed up today, quoting a Microsoft spokesperson saying the company remains committed to innovation, and it is “evaluating how best to evolve Think Week.”


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February 4, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Gates releases mosquitoes at tech confab, Web has field day

Steve Jurvetson/flickr An image of Gates at TED, captured by venture capitalist Steve Jurveston with a Blackberry and posted on flickr. I’m trying to verify this with the press office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, but if the reports streaming in from Twitter are to be believed Bill Gates just released…


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January 4, 2009 at 8:34 PM

CES preview: Ballmer takes the keynote torch from Gates

Paul Sakuma / The Associated Press

Slash joined Gates on stage at CES in 2008.

One significant change at the International Consumer Electronics Show is who will deliver the preshow keynote. Bill Gates delivered it for more than a decade. Now, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will do the honors on Wednesday night. Check out this preview of a story on what the change could mean from Monday’s paper. I’ll be in Las Vegas covering CES beginning Tuesday. Check back here for updates throughout the week.

Not that he needed one, but Bill Gates had rock star Slash help him cap his performance at the International Consumer Electronics Show last year.

After keeping Microsoft on center stage at the annual gathering of all things silicon and circuitry for more than a decade, Gates said goodbye to CES last year, six months before he dialed-back at Microsoft to pursue philanthropy full time.

But Microsoft has managed to hold on to the coveted preshow keynote at CES.


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October 7, 2008 at 5:53 AM

Q&A with Craig Mundie, Microsoft chief research and strategy officer


Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, and Bill Gates take the stage at a conference in 2007.

I spoke Monday with Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer and one of the two executives filling Bill Gates’ role in setting the company’s course. He is in the midst of a U.S. university tour, talking to students and professors about Microsoft and the future of technology in many different disciplines. (Here’s today’s story from the paper.) It’s something Gates used to do regularly, and another way Mundie has assumed Gates’ functions at the company. Here are edited excerpts from the conversation, covering his tour, views on technology in education, Gates’ transition, and the Windows ad campaign.


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