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

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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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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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Gates Foundation CEO Jeff Raikes to retire from position

Bill Gates suddenly has another CEO position to fill. Jeff Raikes, the 55-year-old CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is retiring after five years in the role with the global philanthropy. A longtime Microsoft executive before joining the Gates Foundation, Raikes was at one point seen as a potential successor to Microsoft CEO Steve… Read More

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Tech Moves: Joanna Lord named CMO at BigDoor; Brian Arbogast joins the Gates Foundation; and more

—Online marketing whiz Joanna Lord has left her VP job at SEOmoz to become chief marketing officer at BigDoor, the Seattle gamification startup. In her new role Lord will oversee branding, content, community and other functions for the Seattle-based company. Keith Smith-led BigDoor raised $5 million last year, bringing total funding to $13 million. “The first… Read More

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‘Slut factories’ and Super PACs: Melinda Gates on ‘Colbert’

Did Stephen Colbert just get away with calling the Gates Foundation a ‘slut factory?’ Last night the cantankerous faux right-winger took aim at Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on The Colbert Report. Gates appeared on Colbert to talk foreign aid, especially the Foundation’s new initiative to make contraceptives more widely… Read More