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Bolivia to Bill Gates: Keep Your Stupid Chickens

Country offended by donation offer, says it's doing just fine on poultry front

(Newser) - Bill Gates recently offered to donate 100,000 hens to poor countries around the world, but one South American nation looked his gift chickens in the mouth and began squawking. "How can he think we are living 500 years ago, in the middle of the jungle not knowing how... More »

Bill Gates Bucks Tech Trend, Sides With FBI

The government is 'not asking for some general thing'

(Newser) - Bill Gates stands alone. Well, and with the FBI . In an interview with the Financial Times , Gates addressed the question of whether Apple should comply with the FBI's request (and a federal judge's order) to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, and in Gates' view, the specificity... More »

Bill Gates Creating Billion- Dollar Clean Energy Fund

Said to be the largest clean energy partnership in history

(Newser) - Bill Gates is expected to announce the creation of the "world's largest clean energy research and development partnership" at the opening of global climate talks in Paris on Monday, ClimateWire reports. The plan is rumored to put billions upon billions of dollars toward transitioning both developed and developing... More »

Company Grabs CO2 From the Air to Make Fuel

Carbon Engineering is backed by billionaires including Bill Gates

(Newser) - Visit a town north of Vancouver and you may notice a long, blue building that appears ordinary—but it just may be leading the way in climate-change technology. Run by the Canadian company Carbon Engineering, the plant is busy capturing carbon dioxide from the Earth's atmosphere. It's also... More »

On al-Qaeda's New Hit List: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett

And other 'economic personalities' targeted in magazine article

(Newser) - On the eve of the 14th anniversary of 9/11, a group of what al-Qaeda is calling "economic personalities" and "wealthy entrepreneurs" has been labeled as being in the terror organization's sights. The list appears in its latest issue of Inspire and includes names like Bill Gates, Warren... More »

Only 1 Living Person Cracks List of History's 10 Richest

It's the guy behind Microsoft

(Newser) - It's relatively easy to rank the richest people in the world at any one time, but what about comparing them through history? Or as MONEY puts it, "Who had more money, John D. Rockefeller or Genghis Khan?" Rockefeller, as it turns out, according to Time's assessment of... More »

What Makes Bill Gates Feel Stupid

Not knowing a second language, he reveals on Reddit

(Newser) - It's safe to say Bill Gates is no dummy. But one thing does make the Microsoft co-founder feel like one: "I feel pretty stupid that I don't know any foreign languages," he revealed in his third Reddit " Ask Me Anything ." (It was again a... More »

Machine Turns Poop Into Drinking Water

Bill Gates says machine could get clean water to developing countries

(Newser) - Poop isn't just poop, not if you're creative and dedicated to solving the world's sanitation problems. Now, thanks to a machine called the OmniProcessor, fecal matter can become clean water and electricity. "The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle.... More »

Lie of the Year: Overblown Ebola Claims

Americans' concern about disease has wildly fluctuated

(Newser) - When Americans learned about the Ebola outbreak in March, they weren't too concerned; then, "from August to October, it was the apocalypse," a researcher tells Politifact . Now, they say it was "overhyped," he notes. Indeed, when a US health worker arrived for treatment in the... More »

Bill Gates' Hunger Fight Is Deeply Flawed: Report

Hardly any money goes directly to African groups

(Newser) - Though the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent $3 billion to fight hunger in poor countries, most of that money has gone to groups based in wealthy countries, a new report finds. Just 10% of the money has gone to African organizations, while more than 80% has headed to... More »

This Veggie Burger 'Bleeds' Like Meat

Biochemist behind Impossible Foods wants to convert hard-core beef lovers

(Newser) - The burger looks, sizzles, browns, and even bleeds just like any burger you might throw on the barbecue. But this one is entirely plant-based, its key found in a sort of "plant blood" developed by Patrick Brown, a Stanford biochemistry professor and CEO of startup venture Impossible Foods. Brown,... More »

Gun Control Fight's New Big Dogs: Bill, Melinda Gates

They back Washington state bill

(Newser) - After helping to save a million kids' lives through their anti-malaria efforts in Africa, as the Daily Beast notes, Bill and Melinda Gates are turning their eyes—and wallets—to an issue closer to home. The two are donating $500,000 each to support a Washington state ballot initiative calling... More »

Birth Control 'Chip' Could Last 16 Years

And be turned on and off via a remote control

(Newser) - Could it be the holy grail of birth control: one that women can turn on or off with the click of a remote control—and would last for almost half their reproductive lives. Massachusetts-based MicroCHIPS is developing a remote-control-activated contraceptive chip intended to be implanted under a woman's skin... More »

Here Are the 10 Most Popular Americans

Johnny Depp manages to make the list

(Newser) - MIT researchers recently released Pantheon , which analyzes data (including Wikipedia page views, among other things) in order to determine the "global popularity of historical characters." From that, the San Francisco Chronicle compiled the study's top 25 Americans. Here are the top 10, though Pantheon warns that data... More »

Microsoft Taps New CEO; Gates Resigns as Chair

Satya Nadella named CEO as founder moves to tech position

(Newser) - Microsoft shook things up in a big way today, naming a new CEO and announcing that Bill Gates is out as company chairman. The new CEO will be Satya Nadella, the executive currently in charge of the company's small but growing business of delivering software services over the Internet.... More »

Reddit User's Secret Santa: Bill Gates

He donates a cow on her behalf

(Newser) - You might end up with a great Secret Santa this year, but Reddit user Rachel will probably have you beat. Hers ended up being none other than Bill Gates in Reddit's online gift exchange program, reports Fast Company . She posted the news yesterday under her NY1227 handle, thanking Gates... More »

Bill Gates' Contest Winner: Cow-Tendon Condoms

The condom of the future could also be made from fish skin

(Newser) - Bill Gates issued a challenge to inventors in March: Come up with a plan for making a more pleasurable condom that more men will actually want to use and win a cool million dollars. His quest to make safe sex better seems to be off to a strong start: The... More »

Top Microsoft Investors Want to Boot Bill Gates

Small group doesn't want him picking the next CEO

(Newser) - Three of Microsoft's top 20 investors are calling for the head of Mr. Microsoft himself. It's been a long time since Gates actively ran the company, but he's still chairman of the board, and is on the special committee that will select a new CEO. The board... More »

Bill Gates on Ctrl-Alt-Delete: Yeah, That Was a Mistake

Wishes he could Ctrl-Z that, make it a single button

(Newser) - If you ever found yourself annoyed at having to press Control-Alt-Delete in order to log onto Windows on your computer, you've now been vindicated. In an interview for a fundraising campaign at Harvard, Bill Gates himself admitted the three-key requirement was a mistake, the Verge reports. Basically, it was... More »

America's Richest Got $800M Richer Last Year

And more facts and figures from the Forbes 400 list that will make you sad

(Newser) - Forbes has dropped its annual Forbes 400 list, full of names and numbers to make you feel even worse about the state of your bank balance. Some highlights:
  • With a net worth of $72 billion, Bill Gates is once again the richest person in America, now holding the top spot
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