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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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December 3, 2014 at 11:53 AM

New Microsoft on display at shareholders meeting

Microsoft’s changing of the guard held the spotlight at the company’s shareholders meeting on Wednesday. Chief Executive Satya Nadella and Chairman John Thompson oversaw a scripted affair touting the company’s progress in cloud computing, hopes for the Windows 10 operating system, and efforts to create a more inclusive company. Steve Ballmer, used to spending his time on stage during his 14 years…

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October 8, 2014 at 1:29 PM

On Gates and Ballmer’s “great romance” gone bad and the future of Microsoft under Nadella

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer didn’t feel “completely in charge” of Microsoft until Bill Gates left entirely in 2008. Ballmer felt deeply betrayed by Gates when Gates and the rest of Microsoft’s board initially told Ballmer they wouldn’t approve a Microsoft purchase of Nokia. Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had his top execs read something called “Nonviolent Communication.”

Those are some of the tidbits in an engrossing Vanity Fair article out now that looks at the breakdown of the relationship between Gates and Ballmer, some of their major missteps, and what the company is attempting to do now under Nadella.

Bill Gates, Satya Nadella and Steve Ballmer speak to employees at a company rally in February when Nadella was introduced as Microsoft's new CEO.  (Photo from Microsoft)

Bill Gates, Satya Nadella and Steve Ballmer speak to employees at a company rally in February when Nadella was introduced as Microsoft’s new CEO. (Photo from Microsoft)

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June 17, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Bill and Melinda Gates urge Stanford graduates to exercise optimism and empathy in solving world problems

While former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s commencement address at the University of Washington last Saturday generated some local coverage, it’s worth noting that Ballmer’s predecessor as Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates — along with his wife, Melinda Gates — gave a commencement speech that same weekend, some 800 miles to the south at Stanford University.

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February 4, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Employees cheer new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Only a scant few hours after Microsoft announced it was appointing longtime company executive Satya Nadella as the company’s third CEO, a standing-room-only crowd of employees cheered him on at a rally on the Microsoft campus.

Bill Gates, Satya Nadella and Steve Ballmer speak to employees at a company rally where Nadella was introduced at Microsoft's new CEO.  (Photo from Microsoft)

Bill Gates, Satya Nadella and Steve Ballmer speak to employees at a company rally where Nadella was introduced as Microsoft’s new CEO. (Photo from Microsoft)

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