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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Q&A with Bill Gates on his work as an adviser to Microsoft, the evolution of the company, and his focus on natural language processing and virtual assistants   —  It has been nearly a decade since Bill Gates left his day-to-day role at Microsoft, but he still has a connection to the company …
Feb 18, 2017, 12:10 PMIn context
Kevin J. Delaney / Quartz:
Bill Gates supports taxing the use of robots to slow the spread of automation and to finance other employment   —  Robots are taking human jobs.  But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies' use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment.
Feb 17, 2017, 10:20 PMIn context
Kevin J. Delaney / Quartz:
Bill Gates to lead $1B 20-year duration fund to fight climate change in energy, transport, agriculture, other industries; directors include Ma, Doerr, Khosla   —  Bill Gates is leading a more than $1 billion fund focused on fighting climate change by investing in clean energy innovation.
Dec 11, 2016, 10:00 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Steve Ballmer says he and Bill Gates “drifted apart” after Gates disagreed with his decision that Microsoft make its own mobile hardware   —  The former CEO says Microsoft got into the mobile device market too late  —  Steve Ballmer said his decision to push Microsoft Corp …
Nov 5, 2016, 11:05 PMIn context
Stephanie M. Lee / BuzzFeed:
The new nonprofit Chan Zuckerberg Biohub $600M research center reserves right to commercialize findings, a distinction from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation   —  In September, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced that they would invest at least $3 billion to …
Nov 1, 2016, 8:35 PMIn context
Ben Brody / Bloomberg:
Wikileaks: leaked email from March shows Podesta's initial list of 39 suggestions for Clinton's running mate included Tim Cook, Bill Gates, and Melinda Gates   —  Podesta listed women, blacks, Hispanics, WikiLeaks says  —  Bill and Melinda Gates, Mary Barra, Tim Cook on early list
Oct 18, 2016, 1:30 PMIn context
Jessi Hempel / Backchannel:
Q&A with Melinda Gates on her new initiative to promote women in tech   —  Philanthropy's first lady returns to her roots to tackle gender inequality in computer science.  —  Melinda Gates has spent the past 16 years seeding social change through the world's largest private philanthropy, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Oct 2, 2016, 1:20 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Source: Microsoft EVP Qi Lu pushed for deal to acquire Slack for up to $8B, but Bill Gates and Satya Nadella rejected plan, favoring adding features to Skype   —  Source: Microsoft mulled an $8 billion bid for Slack, will focus on Skype instead  —  Mar 4, 2016, 8:37 amMar 4, 2016, 3:39 pm
Mar 4, 2016, 1:25 PMIn context
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Satellite antenna startup Kymeta raises $62M Series D from Bill Gates, others   —  Kymeta Raises $62 Million in Investment Led by Bill Gates  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Kymeta is a start-up focusing on using tiny satellite antennas.  But the company has secured a new fund-raising round from some big backers, including Bill Gates.
Jan 12, 2016, 12:15 AMIn context
John Cook / GeekWire:
Gates, Bezos, Zuckerberg, and other tech leaders form Breakthrough Energy Coalition to invest in clean energy   —  Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and other tech titans form the Breakthrough Energy Coalition to invest in zero-carbon energy technologies … Some of the world's wealthiest …
Nov 29, 2015, 8:50 PMIn context

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