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Checkmate! Bill Gates gets trounced by chess champ

It seems like Bill Gates has been having a lot of fun on late night talk shows these days. First there was his appearance on Jimmy Fallon (complete with viral video), and now he’s taken to Norway’s airwaves. This time around, instead of a manufactured viral video, Gates squared off against world chess champion Magnus Carlsen… Read More

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Slideshow: The many silly outfits of Bill Gates

When Bill Gates took to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the Microsoft co-founder was really interested in getting the word out about GatesLetter.com, which is hosting the Gates Foundation’s annual letter (once Fallon had hidden his MacBook.) And really, what better way to do that than offer up a viral video, complete with Gates donning… Read More

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Bill Gates: India being polio-free is ‘one of the most impressive accomplishments in global health’

For the past three years, not a single person in India has been diagnosed with polio. The country is now officially polio-free — an extremely impressive achievement when you consider India’s recent history with the disease. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates shared his thoughts today and called the milestone “one of the most impressive accomplishments in global health, ever.” “India… Read More

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Revealed: The 7 answers to our Bill Gates Book Contest

One GeekWire reader is about to receive a nice post-Christmas gift — and he’s probably going to become a little bit smarter in the process. Congratulations to Jason Nickolay, the winner of our Bill Gates Book Contest. Nickolay, a native of Elko, Minn., correctly answered all seven questions about Bill Gates and will receive BillG’s seven… Read More

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Microsoft’s 2014 will be defined by a new CEO … if Ballmer and Gates can let go

One of the best moments in the Fremont Players’ production of “Dick Whittington and His Cat” — a British Panto on stage in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood — comes when one of the characters, Fairy Bowbelles, tries to download her spells and charms from “the cloud,” without any luck. She never should have updated to Windows 8, she… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Amazon at $400, favorite gadgets of 2013, and the new world of airplane tech etiquette

We have a lot to talk about this week on the GeekWire radio show, starting with Amazon’s gravity-defying share price, passing $400/share for the first time this past week. Despite the company’s tradition of razor-thin profit margins, investors seem to have faith in Jeff Bezos’ long-term vision — or at least in Amazon’s ability to… Read More

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Contest: Answer 7 questions about Bill Gates for a chance to win his top 7 books of 2013

Bill Gates certainly knows a lot of stuff, from computer software to global health, and much more. This contest is a bonus for GeekWire Daily Digest subscribers. Subscribe for free to be eligible for the prize! But as evidenced by his love for reading books, the Microsoft co-founder likes learning something new every day. His seven favorite books from… Read More

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Photos: Bill Gates to buy Mexican resort for $200M

Getting a room at the luxurious Four Seasons Punta Mita in Mexico is outside the realm of possibility for most folks, with rooms now going for more than $1,500 per night. But what about owning the entire 173-room resort? That’s something that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates just picked up, paying a cool $200 million for the… Read More

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Here are the 7 best books Bill Gates read in 2013

If you’re looking for that perfect holiday gift for a book worm, Bill Gates has some recommendations. The Microsoft co-founder today posted a list of the seven books he read this year that were his favorites. Not all were necessarily published in 2013, but they all taught Bill G. something he didn’t know. “More generally,… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Amazon Drones, Artefact’s ‘Juice Box,’ a beautiful app and a classic console challenge

We’re getting very futuristic on this week’s GeekWire radio show — starting with our thoughts on Amazon’s surprising “Prime Air” delivery drones project. Then we get the inside story of Artefact’s “Juice Box,” a new energy storage design concept for the developing world, created to the specifications of Bill Gates as part of a feature… Read More

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Gates and Zuckerberg lead $9M funding round for group helping schools upgrade their Internet access

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Mark Zuckerberg’s Startup:Education initiative have led a $9 million funding round for EducationSuperHighway (ESH), a non-profit organization that aims to help schools get better Internet access. At the moment, ESH is working to expand its speed test survey to the rest of the country, and is also focused… Read More

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Here’s where Bill Gates prefers to eat a burger in Seattle

Bill Gates isn’t exactly a highly-regarded food critic. But for the decades he’s spent in the Seattle area, the Microsoft co-founder has certainly had a burger or two in the Emerald City. Now, he’s sharing his favorite spots to eat one. Gates recently told Wired that two Seattle burger joints stick out in his mind: Burgermaster… Read More

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Bill Gates explains what Microsoft needs in a new CEO

So much has been reported about Microsoft’s CEO search via anonymous sources in recent weeks and months. So how about hearing from one of the people actually involved in the process? Microsoft chairman Bill Gates opened Microsoft’s annual shareholders meeting in Bellevue, Wash., this morning by talking about the opportunities ahead for Microsoft — saying… Read More