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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

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Farewell, stack rank: Why this change is so big for Microsoft

[Editor's Note: Christopher Budd worked at Microsoft for more than 10 years, specializing in security response and communications.] Yesterday every current and former Microsoft employee felt the earth shift. Microsoft announced that the “stack rank” system for reviews — in which employees are rated and rewarded on a fixed curve — would be retired and… Read More

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Big History: Bill Gates wants you to take his ‘favorite course of all time’ for free online

Ever want to learn like Bill Gates? Now you can. Bill Gates announced today that the course Big History is now available for students who want to take it online. The course, which originated in David Christian’s classroom at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, is divided into 8 segments, starting from the beginning of the universe, and… Read More

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Bill Gates invests in power grid networking company Varentec

Bill Gates, along with Khosla Ventures, has invested over $8 million as part of a Series B funding round for a power grid networking company called Varentec. The San Jose, Calif.-based startup, which has received funding from the Department of Energy, develops software and hardware solutions that can manage electrons at the edge of power grids, in… Read More