Melinda Gates: Apple Banned at Our House

She. Is. Not. Kidding.
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2010 6:01 PM CDT
Bill and Melinda Gates face a press conference at the 40th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Friday Jan. 29, 2010.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Alessandro Della Bella)
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(Newser) – You might think the world's second-richest guy's kids would be spoiled, and they might be: But they sure as hell don't have iPods. Melinda Gates revealed a household ban on all things Apple in an interview with the New York Times Magazine (via HuffPo): Of the kids, she says, "I have gotten that argument—'You may have a Zune.' " Pressed as to rumors that Bill works on an Apple laptop, Gates says, "False. Nothing crosses the threshold of our doorstep."

As for the potential for peaceful coexistence of Apple and Microsoft in one small world, Gates responds: "Microsoft certainly makes products for the Macintosh. Go talk to Bill." For the full interview, in which she delves into meatier topics such as philanthropy and making small talk about tuberculosis, click here.

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