August 16, 2012 |
Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet. The flush toilet we know and love was invented in 1775, and while it is pretty good at whisking away our waste, it also uses a lot of water, and relies on a sewage infrastructure that is expensive to build, and not neccessarily practical for the developing world. And developing countries are in need of a system that is practical and hygenic. About two-thirds of the people on Earth use latrines or defecate right out in the open, according to a report from the the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
January 21, 2014 |
Billionaire and former tech mogul Bill Gates predicts that there will be almost no poor countries left in the world by 2035. Almost all nations will be either lower-middle income or wealthier, and most will have surpassed the 35 countries that are currently defined by the World Bank as low-income, Gates says in his annual letter for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the letter, Gates and his wife try to dispel what they say are myths about global poverty that hinder development: Poor countries are destined to stay that way, foreign aid is not helpful and saving lives leads to overpopulation.
January 29, 2013 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 27 - Feb. 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Robert Horowitz. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York and Marisa Berenson; Steven Pasquale; Michael Bolton. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael Keri Russell; Chris Harrison ("The Bachelor"). (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View KaDee Strickland; Kerry Washington; Tony Goldwyn; Ted Allen; Andrea Bocelli and David Foster.
August 31, 2013 |
Well, look who's suddenly all the fashion. Why, it's Bill Gates! The big philanthropist who stepped away from running the company he co-founded is suddenly being labeled a visionary, and there are even some whispers that he and only he can return from the wilderness and restore Microsoft to greatness! In other words, he's getting the kind of love from pundits and Silicon Valley he never seemed to get when he was actually in charge of Microsoft. Quiz: How much do you know about Google?
September 19, 2012 |
Bill Gates has been the richest person in the country for an entire generation, cinching the top spot on Forbes' list of the 400 wealthiest Americans for the 19th consecutive year. That's what a net worth of $66 billion will do for a guy. Last year, he had $59 billion. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. head Warren Buffett, again in second place, trailed with $46 billion. The slacker. Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corp., was next with $41 billion. The rest of the top 10 was populated with the likes of the Koch brothers, the Wal-Mart Waltons and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
November 16, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 18 - 24 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SATURDAY Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC The Chris Matthews Show Dan Rather; Sam Donaldson; Katty Kay; Jodi Kantor. (N) 11 a.m. KNBC, Sunday 5:30 a.m. KNBC McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY Today Matthew Broderick. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC State of the Union Fiscal cliff negotiations: Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.)
February 8, 2014 |
Bill Gates wants you to feel much better about the future of mankind. Things are looking up, he says, way up. "By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been," Gates wrote in his annual letter chronicling the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, through which he plans to give away most of the fortune he made from Microsoft. "People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient," he wrote. "By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world.
November 14, 2012 |
Six years after the first TED Talks were uploaded to the Internet, the free Web video series devoted to "ideas worth spreading" has logged more than 1 billion views, the nonprofit announced Tuesday. And to celebrate, the organization headed by entrepreneur and former tech journalist Chris Anderson has asked a few big-name people to make playlists of their favorite TED Talks. Ben Affleck's list of eight TED Talks that blew his mind include talks by statistician Hans Rosling, poet Sarah Kay and director J.J. Abrams. Bill Gates selected 13 favorite talks including David Christian's "The history of our world in 18 minutes," Melinda Gates "Let's put birth control back on the agenda" and David Blaine's "How I held my breath for 17 minutes.
May 16, 2013 |
He may be retired, but that's not kept Bill Gates from regaining the top spot as the richest man in the world. Gates, 57, who co-founded and led Microsoft to the top of the tech world before retiring from day-to-day operations in 2008, has a fortune valued at $72.7 billion, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. The feat was reached because Microsoft's stock has been on a tear and increased Gates' fortune by $10 billion. Since the start of 2013, Microsoft shares have climbed 28%, despite the struggles of the company's latest operating system, Windows 8. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 At the same time, Mexico's Carlos Slim has seen his fortune's fall as a result of a bill passed by Mexico's Congress that loosened the stranglehold his company, America Movil SAB, had on the Mexican telecommunications market, according to Bloomberg.