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Ice Bucket Challenge: Bill Gates takes the plunge

Ice Bucket Challenge: Bill Gates takes the plunge

According to Facebook, more than a million videos of people pouring ice water on their head have been posted on the social network, all of them done as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge. The reason behind the cold shower is to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease, and latest on the list of participants is Bill Gates.

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Bill Gates AMA wrap-up: using a Surface 2 PRO, Bitcoin, Microsoft’s CEO

Bill Gates AMA wrap-up: using a Surface 2 PRO, Bitcoin, Microsoft’s CEO

This morning Microsoft founder Bill Gates answered questions from users from around the world in his second "AMA" session on Reddit. It was there that he confirmed oddities small and answered questions large, building off his pre-made "myths" video released today as well. One of the first - and perhaps smallest - factoids confirmed by Gates was that the device he uses regularly is a Microsoft Surface 2 PRO.

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Bill Gates heads back to Reddit for AMA

Bill Gates heads back to Reddit for AMA

This morning Bill Gates will be heading toward Reddit for an "Ask Me Anything" session that will include users from around the world and anyone and everyone that wishes to participate. Showing up in some extreme style right from the get-go, Gates let the world know he was going to hit Reddit with an image on Twitter that showed one massive Alien helping him hold up his confirmation sign. A confirmation such as this is required for a user - any user - to create a long-lasting "AMA" session.

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Microsoft’s backseat drivers scared off outside CEO candidates

Microsoft’s backseat drivers scared off outside CEO candidates

Several potential candidates for Microsoft CEO bowed out over concerns about how vocal and intrusive Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer would be, sources close to the selection process say, with final selection Satya Nadella supposedly clinching the deal in part because of how close he wanted Gates to be, not how distant. That Microsoft had only had, until this week, two chief executives in its history - both of whom had notoriously strong personalities - had supposedly dissuaded possible external candidates like Ford CEO Alan Mulally.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Gates, Ballmer, Thompson sound off

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Gates, Ballmer, Thompson sound off

This week Microsoft welcomes in their newest CEO: Satya Nadella, and with him come the congratulations and assurances of the biggest names in the company, particularly the two former CEOs. Nadella was the head of the cloud movement inside Microsoft and, as such, is supported by Bill Gates as an innovator that doesn't just deserve to be CEO, but is the clear choice to lead the company into the future. Ballmer, meanwhile, suggests that Nadella is a "proven leader" and has both the technical skills and the business insight needed to move forward.

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Tipped Microsoft CEO pick Satya Nadella said demanding more Gates

Tipped Microsoft CEO pick Satya Nadella said demanding more Gates

Rumored Microsoft CEO pick Satya Nadella could be finalized by the company's board as early as next week, sources claim, though chatter of Bill Gates stepping down as chairman might in fact be because the founder is shifting into a more involved role, not stepping back. Nadella was tipped as in discussions about the chief executive position earlier today, but according to the WSJ's sources, one of his requests is that Gates be brought back into the thick of things and "spend more time on technology and strategy."

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Original Windows demo video shows pre-OS in 1983

Original Windows demo video shows pre-OS in 1983

At a trade show known as COMDEX all the way back in 1983, an intrepid group of technology enthusiasts captured a great many bits and pieces of what were to become crucial components in the computing universe that we know today. One of the demos shown here was Microsoft's original demonstration of Windows 1.0. "You might think of the icon as the very smallest form of a Window", says the presenter, "and as you move the cursor down into this area, it takes on a different meaning, because now it's in the icon area." Things are still very, very rudimentary back when this video was filmed.

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Bill Gates: Innovation to nearly eradicate poor countries by 2035

Bill Gates: Innovation to nearly eradicate poor countries by 2035

Technology comes in many varieties, and though the left arm may be doing something vastly different than the right arm, both intersect at the same point -- the human element, where for better or worse technological innovations alter our lives. Many innovations have both taken place and grown in the tech industry's recent past that promise to shape our future, from 3D-printed eye cells as a potential cure for blindness to virtual reality and artificial intelligence. In part because of these innovations, the poverty in present-day poor countries will more or less be eradicated by the year 2035, says Bill Gates.

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Bill Gates Reddit Secret Santa gift brings Cow-joy to one lucky recipient

Bill Gates Reddit Secret Santa gift brings Cow-joy to one lucky recipient

Tis the season for giving, but for the one Reddit user so lucky as to be on the receiving end of a Secret Santa gift exchange with Bill Gates, it's a really, really good year to be getting. This particular gift exchange is one done all around the world, but in this case set inside the United States, with user NY1227 getting another (unknown) person to send a gift to. Lucky her, a 7-pound gift full of packing peanuts was on her way early this week.

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