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Microsoft’s Bill Gates overtakes Mexico’s Carlos Slim as world’s richest person

The surging price of Microsoft shares returned US tech tycoon Bill Gates back to the top of Forbes’s world’s billionaires list, with his $76 billion beating out Mexico’s Carlos Slim’s $72 billion. The annual list, released Monday, counted 1,645 men and women as billionaires, with an average wealth of $4.5…

Bill Gates calls ‘Control+Alt+Delete’ a mistake

Bill Gates has admitted that asking users to press the “Control+Alt+Delete” key combo to logon to their computers a “mistake”… right before passing the buck along to IBM, which refused to add a single button that would…  …

Screw virality! Antisocial networks are on the rise

By Sarah Lacy On September 23, 2013I’ve compared Mark Zuckerberg to Bill Gates before. It’s both a flattering and unflattering comparison. The parallels aren’t perfect, but both men have built huge and defensible businesses by commanding monopoly…  …

Corporations have a big advantage when it comes to ‘big data’

Computers are spewing forth data at astronomical rates about everything from astrophysics to internet shopping. And it could be hugely valuable, writes John Naughton One of the most famous quotes in the history of the computing industry is the assertion that “640KB ought to be enough for anybody“, allegedly made…

Bill Gates pledges $750 million to troubled AIDS fund

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Microsoft chairman and philanthropist Bill Gates pledged a further $750 million to the troubled global AIDS fund on Thursday and urged governments to continue their support to save lives. “These are tough economic times, but that is no excuse for cutting aid to the world’s poorest,”…

Bill Gates: ‘Taxes are going to have to go up’ on rich people

Gates has joined fellow billionaire Warren Buffett in the belief that America’s rich need to be paying more taxes. In an interview with the BBC Wednesday morning, the founder of Microsoft expressed his desire to see “a sense of shared sacrifice” from his fellow high earners. “Well, the United States…

Terrorism Is Cheap; Winning Is Awesome

Although the main point of this article is that targeting wealthy financiers as the focal point in breaking terror’s financial backbone was the wrong tactic to pursue, the thing that leaps out at me is just how brutally wrong those who mocked the idea of “root causes” continue to be.…

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