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Let’s give tech philanthropists the benefit of the doubt on COVID-19

Scott Bade Contributor Share on Twitter Scott Bade is a former speechwriter for Mike Bloomberg and co-author of "More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First." More posts by this contributor How Huawei is dividing Western nations Silicon Valley Community Foundation challenges donors to address local problems Tuesday afternoon saw two big announcements from the tech world in the fight ag...
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Bill Gates: Things can start returning to normal by June — if we ‘get our act together’

The outspoken billionaire predicted that school will resume in the fall
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Bill Gates thinks schools will be able to re-open by fall, but 'low-income students will be hurt the most by these school closures'

Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates believes that kids will return to school this fall, he said on CNBC's Squawk Box. "I do think school will be able to resume in the fall," he said. As for the current school year, however, he said parents shouldn't expect kids to go back. "I don't think this school year there's going to be any significant attendance," he said. Gates also highlighted the inequalities surfaced by at-home, online learning. "In the end, the low income students wi...
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Europe calls for single app to track coronavirus. Meanwhile America pretends it isn’t trying to build one at all

Plus, what’s big tech doing to help? Not much it seems, Bill Gates excepted Comment With the rate of deaths from COVID-19 beginning to decline in Europe, the focus has turned to how to manage virus spread once lockdown orders are lifted. The proposed solutions say a lot about the planet's cultures.…
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey pledged to put almost a third of his $3.6 billion fortune into a fund that will tackle coronavirus relief. Here's how the world's wealthiest people are using their millions to fight the pandemic.

The wealthiest people in the world are spending hundreds of millions to fight the novel coronavirus. Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, Alibaba founder Jack Ma, former hedge fund manager George Soros, and Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-Shing have collectively pledged over $1.2 billion towards various efforts to help alleviate the coronavirus outbreak. The largest single pledge came from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who is giving nearly a third of his net worth to coronavirus relief efforts. The...
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Why conspiracy theories flourish during pandemics

A bioengineered virus, a genetic mutation induced by 5G technology, a big pharma conspiracy, a plot single-handedly masterminded by Bill Gates or Georges Soros. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, conspiracy theories have spread like the virus itself. The whiff of the conspiracy that inevitably seems to trail pandemics is nothing new. When the 1918 flu pandemic hit the Americas, it was blamed on German submarines spreading the virus. During the 1630 plague in Milan, the combination ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Milan, Americas, World, Bill Gates, Syndication, Coronavirus, Georges Soros


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Sets Aside $1 Billion In Square Equity For Coronavirus Relief

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Square and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Tuesday he will set aside $1 billion in his Square equity to support relief efforts for COVID-19 and other causes once the pandemic is over. In a series of tweets, Dorsey said that after the pandemic is over, he will dedicate the money to causes like universal basic income (UBI) and girls' health and education. He said he's pulling the shares from his stake in Square instead of Twitter because he own more stoc...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Tech, Bill Gates, Square, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, Cnbc, Dorsey, Priscilla Chan


Bill Gates Vows To Spend Billions To Develop A COVID-19 Vaccine: ‘Our Early Money Can Accelerate Things’

SEATTLE (CBS Local) — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropic billionaire Bill Gates says his foundation will invest billions to fund factories that will develop a vaccine to stop COVID-19. The news comes just as a second coronavirus vaccine trial by Inovio Pharmaceuticals, backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, begins testing in humans, CBS affiliate KIRO reported. “Our foundation is trying to be as helpful in a very constructive way as possible. And that’s why I’ve talked to the head o...
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The US is sprinting to develop a coronavirus vaccine or treatment. Here's how 19 top drugmakers are racing to tackle the pandemic.

In attempting to counter the coronavirus pandemic, leading drugmakers are researching treatments and vaccines to stop the virus. The small biotech Moderna has leaped to the front of the race, with a vaccine candidate that's being tested in people. Pharma giants like Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi are also in the early stages of developing potential vaccines. There's no assurance the vaccines will work. It will take at least 12 months to 18 months to determine if these experimental vaccines are s...
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Apple just celebrated its 44th birthday. Here's how it came to rule the world, from its early struggles to beat Microsoft to the launch of the iPhone. (AAPL)

Apple celebrated its 44th birthday on April 1.  The tech giant, which today is worth about $1 trillion, almost didn't make it this far — it struggled in the '90s until Steve Jobs returned as the company's CEO.  Apple has weathered hits and flops over the years, from the launch of the influential Apple II to the misguided Newton MessagePad.  But these days, Apple is on top of the consumer electronics market, thanks at first to devices like the iMac and the iPod, and later, to the iPhone.  Visi...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Jobs, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, US, Trends, Intel, New York Times, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Tim Cook, Ibm, Jeff Bezos, Philips, GUI


Apple just celebrated its 24th birthday. Here's how it came to rule the world, from its early struggles to beat Microsoft to the launch of the iPhone. (AAPL)

Apple celebrated its 24th birthday on April 1.  The tech giant, which today is worth about $1 trillion, almost didn't make it this far — it struggled in the '90s until Steve Jobs returned as the company's CEO.  Apple has weathered hits and flops over the years, from the launch of the influential Apple II to the misguided Newton MessagePad.  But these days, Apple is on top of the consumer electronics market, thanks at first to devices like the iMac and the iPod, and later, to the iPhone.  Visi...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Jobs, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, US, Trends, Intel, New York Times, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Tim Cook, Ibm, Jeff Bezos, Philips, GUI


Bill Gates To Spend Billions on Coronavirus Vaccine Development

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said his foundation will spend billions of dollars to fund the construction of factories for the most promising efforts to develop a vaccine to combat the novel coronavirus. From a report: Mr. Gates, a billionaire philanthropist who is one the richest people in the world, said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will work with seven makers of a possible vaccine to build these factories. Mr. Gates, who announced the efforts in an appearance on "The Daily Show Wit...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Bill Gates, Bill, Trevor Noah, Gates, Melinda Gates Foundation


Here's what we know about the bizarre coronavirus conspiracy theory that led to people setting fire to 5G masts

A bizarre new conspiracy theory links new 5G technology, which will increase mobile connectivity speeds, with the coronavirus outbreak. Believers have reportedly set phone masts on fire and harassed engineers laying fibre-optic cables in the UK. The baseless theory has been circulating on social media since at least January but appears to have picked up steam during the first week of April. The UK government and telecoms industry have been forced to confront the conspiracy theory. Visit Busin...
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Bill Gates to fund 7 coronavirus vaccines for quicker results, likely ‘wasting’ billions

Bill Gates is a man with a coronavirus plan: Simultaneously fund the development of seven different coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines to discover a fix as quickly as possible — even if it wastes billions of dollars. The Microsoft co-founder revealed his intention while appearing on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah last week. Gates, one of the world’s richest people, left the boards of Microsoft and investment house Berkshire Hathaway in March to better focus on his philanthropic endeavours. [Watch:...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Tesla, Bill Gates, Berkshire Hathaway, Trevor Noah, Hard Fork, Coronavirus


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Apple has begun designing and producing face shields to protect health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The company said it plans to ship one million face shields per week. People across the UK are burning cellphone masts in the baseless belief that 5G is linked to the coronavirus. A cellphone mast in Birmingham, England, is believed to have been set ablaze by anti-5G arsonists, and telecommunications engineers have...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, UK, Texas, Microsoft, Washington, Trends, Bill Gates, Beverly Hills, Jeff Bezos, Gates, Alexa, Blue Origin, Department Of Education, Birmingham England


Bill Gates: Until coronavirus vaccine, world won't be 'truly normal'

Gates predicted "we'll be able to open up significant parts of the economy" even before a vaccine.
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Bill Gates will gamble billions to make a potential coronavirus vaccine

Billions may ultimately be wasted — but the Microsoft co-founder is fine with that
Tags: News, Microsoft, Trends, Bill Gates, Gates Foundation, Coronavirus, Finding a fix


Bill Gates investing billions to build factories for 7 potential coronavirus vaccines

Billions may ultimately be wasted — but the Microsoft co-founder is fine with that
Tags: News, Microsoft, Trends, Bill Gates, Gates Foundation, Coronavirus, Finding a fix


Bill Gates is funding new factories for 7 potential coronavirus vaccines, even though it will waste billions of dollars

Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates told The Daily Show that his foundation is funding the construction of factories for seven different candidates for a coronavirus vaccine. Gates said that at most it would end up picking at most two out of the seven, meaning billions of dollars spent on manufacturing would be abandoned. He said in a situation where the world faces the loss of trillions of dollars to the economy, wasting a few billion in an effort to help the problem is worth it. Visit Business...
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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. A  leaked memo obtained by Vice revealed Amazon's efforts to mount a smear campaign against a worker it fired. The memo was written by Amazon's top lawyer and described the fired worker, Chris Smalls, as "not smart or articulate." Zoom's CEO apologized to the video conferencing app's millions of users over privacy concerns. "We recognize that we have fallen short of the community's — and our own — privacy and security expectatio...


Bill Gates says we need a nationwide shutdown for at least 10 more weeks to fight coronavirus: 'The window for making important decisions hasn't closed'

Bill Gates estimates the US needs at least 10 more weeks of nationwide shutdown to minimize the human and economic toll of coronavirus. "The window for making important decisions hasn't closed," he argues in a new Washington Post op-ed. Gates also thinks we can get a vaccine in less than 18 months, which would be the fasted a vaccine has ever been developed. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Bill Gates is calling for a "consistent nationwide approach to shutting down" in ord...
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Meet Eric Yuan, the founder and CEO of Zoom, who has made nearly $4 billion in 3 months as usage of his video conferencing software skyrockets amid the coronavirus pandemic

Eric Yuan, the founder and CEO of video conferencing startup Zoom Technologies, Inc., built a $35 billion video conferencing empire in nine years. The 49-year-old billionaire's net worth jumped 112% to $7.57 billion in the past three months, as the rest of the world braces for an economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus. The novel coronavirus has infected more than 887,000 people and killed more than 44,200 across the globe since being identified in Wuhan, China, in December. Visit Busi...
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How COVID-19 might help us win the fight against climate change

The COVID-19 pandemic has elicited a global response unlike anything we've seen before. From government and business taking on new roles to respond to the crisis to the complete re-organisation of how we work, travel and socialize, we have witnessed transformational changes that didn't appear possible just weeks ago. The human costs of the pandemic are horrifying, but the response has largely been characterised by care, compassion and connection – and an unheard-of pace of change.What happens ov...
Tags: Health, Climate Change, China, Bill Gates, Italy, Innovation, Health Care, Lancet, Bogota, Epidemiology, Pandemic, Global Issues


Apple was started in a garage on this day in 1976. Here are the modest beginnings of 5 tech companies worth billions today (GOOG, MSFT, AAPL, AMZN)

Google, Apple, HP, Microsoft, and Amazon all say that they started in garages. Now, they are some of the most valuable companies in the world and are worth billions. The idea of starting in a garage has taken on a mythic status, to the point where some founders intentionally want to be able to say that they did it, too. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Some of the most legendary companies in Silicon Valley famously started in garages. A few scrappy guys with a genius idea w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Disney, Trends, Hp, Ap, Palo Alto, Larry Page, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Susan Wojcicki


Bill Gates, who urged world leaders to prepare for a pandemic in 2015, lays out a 3-point plan on how the US can emerge victorious against COVID-19

Gates wrote an op-ed article for The Washington Post in which he made suggestions based on expert consultations he'd had through work his charity.
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Bill Gates explains 3 steps the U.S. should take now to make up for lost time on COVID-19

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says there is "no question the United States missed the opportunity to get ahead of the novel coronavirus," and there are three steps that must be taken now in order to soften the blow to the economy and slow the number of deaths.In an op-ed for The Washington Post published Tuesday, Gates said there has to be "a consistent nationwide approach to shutting down." In some states, restaurants are still serving diners and beaches are open, which is a "recipe for disas...
Tags: News, Microsoft, Washington Post, Washington, China, United States, Bill Gates, Gates, Netanyahu, Jay Inslee


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is what real coronavirus leadership looks like

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has long had an uneasy relationship with both the media and the overwhelmingly Democratic residents of his state. He has let the vital New York City subway fall into ruin, actively connived with Republicans to give them control of the state Senate, and generally been a thorn in the side of anyone who wants to do anything good. But now, thanks to the novel coronavirus outbreak, suddenly everyone loves him. He's getting breathless (even lustful) media coverage, a...
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Jeff Bezos' deal to buy Paul Allen's former Beverly Hills property has reportedly fallen through. Take a look at the late Microsoft cofounder's $110 million 'Enchanted Hill.' (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' reported deal to purchase late Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's Beverly Hills property has fallen through, according to the Los Angeles Times.  The 120-acre development site, which spans five empty lots, was put on the market for $150 million after Allen's death in October 2018. The massive plot of land is currently on the market for $110 million. The property is mostly undeveloped except for utilities, a one-mile private road, and two entrances that Allen added while he...
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Hacker Hijacks Microsoft YouTube Accounts To Broadcast Crypto Ponzi Scam

A hacker has hijacked all of Microsoft's official YouTube accounts and is broadcasting a cryptocurrency Ponzi scam to all of the company's subscribers, ZDNet reported Monday. From the report: The hijacked accounts are still streaming at the time of writing, despite being reported to YouTube's moderators for more than an hour. The hacker is currently live-streaming an old Bill Gates talk on startups that the former Microsoft CEO gave to an audience at Village Global in June 2019. Hackers are live...
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Former Sun Micro CEO Scott McNealy, known for his provocative quotes, says Trump is doing a 'spectacular job' amid the coronavirus crisis. That's not how many tech experts see it.

Scott McNealy, former CEO of Sun Microsystems who was famous for his provocative statements, praised President Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis saying, "He's doing a spectacular job." McNealy also said he is glad a business leader is in charge, arguing that, "The worst CEO is 1,000 times better than the best politician." McNealy also expressed concerns about the duration of the shelter-in-place policy in California where he lives, arguing it could lead to the erosion of individual ri...
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