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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

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GeekWire Radio: Microsoft + Nokia, new Kindle Paperwhite, and the future of satellite broadband

There’s a lot to talk about on this week’s GeekWire radio show, including Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business, our hands-on impressions of Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite, and the inspiring entrepreneurial story of a 13-year-old from Spokane, Wash., who invented an Internet-enabled dog treat dispenser. Our guest in the studio is Vern Fotheringham,… Read More

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Intellectual Ventures spinout Evolv gets $11.8M from Bill Gates and others, aims to transform security scanning

Intellectual Ventures this morning announced a new spinout company, Evolv, that has landed $11.8 million in funding from investors including Bill Gates to develop imaging and detection products for a new form of security scanning at airports and other facilities. The new company, to be based in Boston, isn’t announcing details of its product plans…. Read More

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Melinda Gates now has a comic book about her life

Up until now, Bill Gates was likely the only member of his family to have a comic book written about his life. Not anymore. Vancouver, WA.-based Blue Water Productions is back with another tech-related comic book and this time it features Melinda Gates, the well-known spouse to Bill G. As part of its Female Force series that highlights… Read More

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Bill Gates on Google’s Internet balloons; Contour hits the wall; and other comments of the week

The best comments, quotes, and random zingers we heard this week… “The Internet is transforming almost every element of the news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources, and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no news-gathering costs. There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Bill Gates on tech, philanthropy, robots, and why you don’t want be a billionaire

This week on the GeekWire radio show, we’re listening back to highlights from Bill Gates’ recent public appearance in Redmond for a major Microsoft Research event with academic researchers from around the world. In his introduction, Gates started with his thoughts on the state of technology today and where things are headed over the next… Read More