So that's why Bill Gates hasn't accepted my friend request.
I was beginning to wonder why he hadn't added me to his list of Facebook friends. Well, apparently I wasn't the only person that was trying to add him to their list of pals.
According to the British tabloid The Sun, Gates was getting some 8,000 requests per day. While he once spent half an hour per day on the site, he has stopped using it altogether, the paper reported.
So I guess I shouldn't feel so bad.
According to a Wall Street Journal … Read more
He once ranked among the most feared members of the legal profession. Now he's about to become a jailbird.
The disgraced attorney Bill Lerach on Monday was sentenced to two years in prison for his involvement in a kickback scheme involving class action lawsuits. As part of the deal, he agreed to forfeit $7.75 million in unlawful gains.
So closes the books on one of the more controversial bit players in Silicon Valley's history--at least in this incarnation. Americans love second acts, so who knows? Maybe after getting out of stir, Lerach will reinvent himself. But I'… Read more
Tired of the free neighborhood newspapers that pile up in your driveway and end up directly in the recycle bin? So are some Maryland residents, who have apparently asked State Del. Tanya Shewell to propose a "Do Not Deliver" list that would run along the same vein as the national "Do Not Call" list.
Under the proposed bill, publishers who continue to deliver unsolicited papers after a person has requested that deliveries be stopped, would be fined $100 a day, according to the Associated Press. The publishers would be given seven days after the request to … Read more
It remains to be seen how much Bill Gates' plea for creative capitalism changes the face of business, but it has certainly sparked a considerable amount of discussion at Davos and elsewhere.
It is common for the topic of the poor to come up at the gathering of the mega-rich known as the World Economic Forum. But the notion that businesses themselves are responsible, at least in part, for solving poverty has gained increased attention at this year's forum, according to reports coming out of the Swiss ski resort town.
According to Marketwatch, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced … Read more
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates told the corporate and governmental bigwigs in attendance that businesses should adopt a form of "creative capitalism" in which they seek to alleviate the problems in developing nations.
The notion is essentially this: coming up with drugs or water purification techniques for those nations may not be as profitable as catering to well-heeled retirees in Florida, but rewards will come nonetheless, in the form of recognition and, ultimately, a profit.
"Sometimes market forces fail to make an impact in developing countries not because … Read more
Bill Gates welcomed the world to a new breed of "kinder capitalism" at Davos this week. Conveniently forgetting his past, Mr. Gates declared:We have to find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well.
We have. It's called open source. Open source is "kinder" by design, no matter how capitalistically/self-interestedly it is used. Here's why:… Read more
As investors around the globe view the sputtering U.S. economy with fear and trembling, at least one maven of the market economy sees a reason for hope: Bill Gates.
Stopping in Berlin on his way to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he's expected to speak Thursday about the ways a more "creative capitalism" could benefit society's needier members, Microsoft's chairman told the German newspaper Bild that the best medicine to stave off a worldwide economic crisis is a good dose of new tech.
"I am an optimist. The U.S. … Read more
UPDATE: The actual speech is available for viewing.
Few people have benefited more from capitalism than Bill Gates.
But these days, Microsoft's chairman is seeing first-hand the failures of the market system and is now calling on businesses to take greater responsibility for those left out in the cold by the free market.
In a speech Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Gates is calling on companies to think more broadly about how their products can benefit society.
Much of Gates' work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has centered on two particular shortcomings of … Read more
That's all fine and dandy, but what about looking at the words themselves? That's exactly what the ever-resourceful Todd Bishop at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has done. In a blog posting Tuesday, Bishop includes a tag cloud showing the most frequently used words by each, as well as an analysis of the rate of big words used by each.
In terms of which words came up the most, a tag cloud shows words … Read more