Bill & Melinda Gates give $1M to gun law; Nick Hanauer pours in another $1M

Bill & Melinda Gates had already donated $50,000 to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a coalition that wants to require background checks for Washington residents who buy firearms at gun shows and online. But now the couple is reaching deeper into their pockets and late last week poured in $500,000 each to the organization. The Gates’ have joined Steve… Read More

Microsoft Chairman John Thompson, foreground, with other members of the board at the 2013 Microsoft annual meeting. (GeekWire File Photo)

Microsoft’s board: New blood could mean new approach

Steve Ballmer’s resignation from the Microsoft board this week is the latest change for a group that has experienced a major shakeup over the past year — including a new chairman in John Thompson; a new CEO in Satya Nadalla; the addition of an activist shareholder in ValueAct’s Mason Morfit; and the appointment of a wireless veteran,… Read More

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Epic: Bill Gates geeks out on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Lots of big-time tech execs have been taking the “Ice Bucket Challenge” this week, dumping buckets of cold water over their heads to raise awareness for ALS, but Bill Gates takes things to a whole new level in this video, just posted online. Gotta love that blowtorch! But really, Comic Sans on the blueprints? Come… Read More


Bill Gates recommends you read these 6 books this summer

Bill Gates is back with another reading list for those of you looking for some good books to enjoy this summer. The Microsoft co-founder recommends six titles that he’s read in 2014 and said that only one is your typical “beach read.” The other five include the best business book Gates has ever read and others that touch… Read More


Funded by Bill Gates, this remote-controlled contraceptive chip could be available in 2018

Imagine pushing a button on a remote control and having a computer chip disperse a hormonal birth control drug through your body — it could happen for women in just four years. Microchips, a Massachusetts-based company spun out of MIT that has received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is working on a chip that is implanted… Read More

Protesters voice their disdain for Common Core standards and Bill Gates' involvement in U.S. education reform last week.

Teachers protest in downtown Seattle, say Bill Gates is ruining education

Bill Gates has poured millions of dollars into public education reform in the U.S., and some teachers aren’t too thrilled about that. About 150 instructors from the Badass Teacher Association marched through downtown Seattle toward the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday evening to demonstrate their disdain for the Common Core standards that have been implemented… Read More

Bill and Melinda Gates at this year's Stanford Commencement.

Bill and Melinda Gates tell Stanford grads to seek social good, not just financial gain

Bill and Melinda Gates told Stanford students at commencement yesterday that they should bring the school’s innovative spirit with them into the working world, but they shouldn’t lose sight of social good in the quest to generate profits. In the first joint commencement speech in Stanford history, the pair spoke highly of the school’s culture of innovation,… Read More


Trim those trees! Why Bill Gates and friends want to put accelerometers on power lines

Accelerometers have become a common part of the sensor arrays on smartphones and other devices, but a group that includes Bill Gates is suggesting a different application — putting the motion-sensing devices on power lines to understand how far they move in wind and other conditions, and how close they come to trees and other nearby objects. In other words,… Read More


Bill Gates ‘absolutely’ supports spinning off Xbox biz, but Microsoft committed to gaming unit

Bill Gates may have voiced support for selling off Microsoft’s Xbox business, but the Redmond giant is making sure customers understand its commitment to the gaming platform. When asked in an interview with FOX News if he would support a decision to spin off the Xbox arm, Gates replied “absolutely.” But Microsoft quickly put any PR… Read More


Gates-backed inBloom winding down after non-profit faces concerns over privacy

InBloom, which was backed by $100 million from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others, is closing up shop after parents worried that its database technology was violating their children’s privacy. InBloom’s CEO Iwan Streichenberger explained in a letter on the non-profit’s site this morning: “It is a shame that the progress of this important… Read More

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Watch: Bill Gates picks his 13 favorite TED talks

Polio. Data. Education. These are all interests of Bill Gates, so it was no surprise to see the topics appear on his list of his top TED talks. The folks at TED asked Gates to name his favorite talks and though it was difficult for him, the Microsoft co-founder picked 13 of his favorites. Subjects include… Read More

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Microsoft names Satya Nadella CEO; Bill Gates stepping down as chairman to serve as tech adviser

Microsoft has named longtime executive Satya Nadella as its new CEO — picking a respected internal candidate to lead the aging technology giant through a period of unprecedented change and challenges to its business. The company also said that Bill Gates will step down as Microsoft chairman to serve as a technology adviser, “supporting Nadella… Read More