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A history of the 30-year feud between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, whose love-hate relationship spurred the success of Microsoft and Apple (MSFT, AAPL)

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and Apple cofounder Steve Jobs began building their companies right around the same time, and it was a natural catalyst for their rivalry.  While the two founders had periods of civility, at other times, they were at each other's throats.  Jobs insulted Gates' taste and imagination, while Gates once described Jobs as "weirdly flawed as a human being." But the two execs appeared to get along better later in life, and when Jobs died in 2011, Gates said that they "s...
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Secretive data firm Palantir built its business on a cloak-and-dagger image. But as the company braces for an IPO, insiders say it's lost its mystique and is struggling to figure out a steady revenue model.

The Peter Thiel-backed startup built its reputation as a secret purveyor of government spy technologies, supplying near-magical tools to law enforcement and military clients around the globe. But behind the scenes, Palantir has struggled to build the type of steady, recurring revenue model that makes other software startups so valuable on the public markets. As its long-awaited public listing approaches, much of Palantir's bread-and-butter work has transitioned to the sort of mundane enterpris...
Tags: Ipo, Trends, Bill Gates, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Palantir, Securities And Exchange Commission, Palantir Technologies, Lisbeth Salander


Secretive Palantir Technologies is preparing to go public. But behind the cloak-and-dagger image, insiders and investors say, it's struggled to build a steady revenue model.

Palantir Technologies, one of the oldest unicorns in Silicon Valley, will face new levels of scrutiny when it finally reveals its financial information ahead of a public listing expected early this fall. The Peter Thiel-backed startup built its reputation as a secret purveyor of government spy technologies, supplying near-magical tools to law enforcement and military clients around the globe. But behind the scenes, Palantir has struggled to build the type of steady, recurring revenue model tha...
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Secretive data-analytics firm Palantir Technologies has thrived in the shadows, but a coming IPO could poke holes in its most valuable asset — its reputation

Palantir Technologies, one of the oldest unicorns in Silicon Valley, will face new levels of scrutiny when it finally reveals its financial information ahead of a public listing expected early this fall. The Peter Thiel-backed startup built its reputation as a secret purveyor of government spy technologies, supplying near-magical tools to law enforcement and military clients around the globe. But behind the scenes, Palantir has struggled to build the type of steady, recurring revenue model tha...
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Palantir Technologies is preparing to go public. But behind the cloak-and-dagger image, insiders and investors say, it's struggled to build a steady revenue model.

Palantir Technologies, one of the oldest unicorns in Silicon Valley, will face new levels of scrutiny when it finally reveals its financial information ahead of a public listing expected early this fall. The Peter Thiel-backed startup built its reputation as a secret purveyor of government spy technologies, supplying near-magical tools to law enforcement and military clients around the globe. But behind the scenes, Palantir has struggled to build the type of steady, recurring revenue model tha...
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Bill Gates Says U.S. Covid-19 Testing Program Is a ‘Screw-Job’ With an Easy Fix

Billionaire tech legend Bill Gates says testing for coronavirus in the U.S. has been a “screw-job” that’s providing very little value because test results aren’t coming back quickly enough. Most Americans are waiting several days and sometimes weeks to get their covid-19 test results, something that Gates says can be…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Microsoft, Cdc, Bill Gates, Vaccines, Donald Trump, Gates, Ted Talk, President Trump, Seema Verma, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Inside the secretive world of Palantir Technologies, the $20 billion Peter Thiel-backed government contractor expected to go public this fall

The Peter Thiel-backed startup built its reputation as a secret purveyor of government spy technologies, supplying near-magical tools to law enforcement and military clients around the globe. But behind the scenes, Palantir has struggled to build the type of steady, recurring revenue model that makes other software startups so valuable on the public markets. As its long-awaited public listing approaches, much of Palantir's bread-and-butter work has transitioned to the sort of mundane enterpris...
Tags: Trends, Bill Gates, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Palantir, Securities And Exchange Commission, Palantir Technologies, Lisbeth Salander


Apple CEO Tim Cook hits billionaire status

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has joined the billionaire's club, according to analysis by Bloomberg. Cook's net worth reflects a mix of the salary he's earned at Apple, the number of shares he holds in the firm, and the proceeds from his share sales, per Bloomberg. Apple's market capitalization is hovering around $2 trillion. Unlike several other big tech CEOs, Cook is not a founder-CEO, so his net worth is considerably lower than some of his peers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more ...
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How old 14 of the world's richest people were when they first became billionaires

Not all billionaires join the three comma club at the same age. Bill Gates may be richer than Mark Zuckerberg, but the Facebook CEO became a billionaire when he was nearly a decade younger. Oprah Winfrey became a billionaire at age 49. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Bill Gates became a billionaire in 1987 at 31, he was the youngest person to ever join the three comma club. In 2008, Mark Zuckerberg took that title when he reached billionaire status at 23.  But not all...
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Leaked Microsoft internal discussions show employee opposition to any TikTok deal, with some calling it 'unethical' and saying it could call the company's integrity into question (MSFT)

Microsoft is exploring a deal to buy TikTok's operations in countries including the US as the Trump administration puts pressure on its China-based parent company ByteDance to sell. Some employees have expressed concerns about the deal in internal messages reviewed by Business Insider, including worries that making the acquisition under these circumstances could call Microsoft's integrity into question. "This is the first time in a long time that I've had doubt gnawing at the pit of my stomach...
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US treasury secretary says Congress could reach deal if Democrats are 'willing to be reasonable' – live

Mnuchin: ‘If we can get a fair deal, we’ll do it this week’New data shows huge uptick in infections of childrenUS passes 5m Covid-19 casesStreet fridges of free food help Americans survive pandemicUS PPE shortage could last years, experts warnSign up to our First Thing newsletter 5.03pm BST Tech guru and philanthropist Bill Gates continued his charge against the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, insisting “no other country has the testing insanity, because [US offi...
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Bill Gates: America Offers The Most Worthless COVID-19 Test Results In The World

The Microsoft co-founder continues to criticize the U.S. response, speaking on faulty lockdowns and testing "insanity."
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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 Monday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. TikTok and Twitter are starting to talk about a possible combination, the WSJ reported. Amid President Donald Trump's threats to ban TikTok, or force it to sell its US operations, Twitter was reported to be in talks with the video-sharing app Saturday night. TikTok is planning to sue the Trump administration over its ban as early as Tuesday, according to NPR. President ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, London, Instagram, Microsoft, White House, US, Trends, Ap, Bill Gates, App Stores, Silicon Valley, Npr, Sequoia Capital


Microsoft founder Bill Gates discusses why the US ...

Microsoft founder Bill Gates discusses why the US is still struggling to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Two of the main issues, he says, are a failure to shut down and a lag in testing capabilities.
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New bidders reportedly emerge for TikTok in the US as powerful critics assail the process

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that TikTok and Twitter have held talks about a potential merger, even as the video sharing company defends itself against President Donald Trump’s pressure to force the sale of the business or potentially ban it. As the internationally distributed video streaming version of Chinese technology developer Bytedance’s social media app, TikTok has amassed a global user of avid consumers for its short form videos, including at least 100 million users in the US. Ac...
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Bill Gates blasts coroanvirus 'testing insanity' in the US

Microsoft founder Bill Gates discusses why the US is still struggling to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Two of the main issues, he says, are a failure to shut down and a lag in testing capabilities.
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Bill Gates blasts coronavirus 'testing insanity' in the US

Microsoft founder Bill Gates discusses why the US is still struggling to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Two of the main issues, he says, are a failure to shut down and a lag in testing capabilities.
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Bill Gates says most COVID-19 tests in the US are 'completely garbage' because it takes too long to get results

Bill Gates says there's one massive problem with COVID-19 tests in the US: results take too long to come back. He said in a recent interview with WIRED that the majority of US COVID-19 tests are "completely garbage" and "wasted." To solve the problem of slow testing, Gates said medical providers shouldn't receive payment for COVID-19 tests unless they can produce results within 48 hours. He also called on Mark Zuckerberg to do more to combat the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories...
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Bill Gates Weighs In on US Pandemic Response, Encryption, and Grilling Tech Executives

Bill Gates gave a wide-ranging new interview to Wired's Steven Levy (also republished at Ars Technica.) The interview's first question: as a man who'd been warning about a pandemic for years, are you disappointed with the response of the United States? Bill Gates: Yeah. There's three time periods, all of which have disappointments. There is 2015 until this particular pandemic hit. If we had built up the diagnostic, therapeutic, and vaccine platforms, and if we'd done the simulations to underst...
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Bill Gates called Microsoft's potential TikTok deal a 'poison chalice' and said 'who knows what's going to happen'

In an interview with WIRED published Friday, the billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates talked about the state of US coronavirus testing, vaccines, and Microsoft's potential TikTok deal. On Thursday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that banned TikTok's parent company – Byte Dance, which is a Chinese firm – from operating business in the US. Regarding Microsoft's potential acquisition of TikTok, Gates, who now serves as the company's technology advisor, compared the deal t...
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Bill Gates called Microsoft's potential TikTok deal a 'poison chalice' and said 'who knows what's going to happen'

"Being big in the social media business is no simple game," Bill Gates said of Microsoft's potential acquisition of TikTok.
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TikTok is reportedly planning to sue the Trump administration over its ban as early as Tuesday

TikTok plans to sue the Trump administration over its recent executive order as early as Tuesday, NPR reported Saturday, citing a source directly involved in the lawsuit. President Donald Trump's recent executive order banned US individuals and companies from engaging in "any transaction" with Chinese firm ByteDance, the app's parent company. NPR reported the lawsuit will argue that the administration "failed to give the company a chance to respond" to the order. The lawsuit also alleges the a...
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Bill Gates thinks the COVID-19 pandemic won't be over until the end of 2021, even for the world's richest countries

Gates predicts that the world's richest nations will get the virus under control by end of next year while the world as a whole could need until 2022.
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Bill Gates thinks the COVID-19 pandemic won't be over until the end of 2021, even for the world's richest countries

Bill Gates, the tech billionaire philanthropist who is helping to fund vaccine research for a number of deadly illnesses including COVID-19, is feeling optimistic about COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.  Thanks to this work, he thinks the pandemic should be under control by the end of 2021 for the world's richest nations and by 2022 for the developing world, he told Wired in an interview. While that represents record-speed scientific progress, it may be disappointing to think about living in a...
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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. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Trump issued two executive orders aimed at Chinese-owned apps, barring US companies from doing business with TikTok parent company ByteDance and messaging app WeChat. The order, which is set to go into effect in 45 days, claims TikTok "continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States." Mark Zuckerberg tells Facebook employees...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Microsoft, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, United States, Ireland, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Alexa, Pixel


Gates Foundation Teams Up With Vaccine Maker To Produce $3 Covid-19 Shots

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said it is backing the world's largest vaccine maker, Serum Institute of India, to churn out 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine for poorer countries and price them at less than $3. From a report: The move comes as governments around the world, including the U.S. and U.K., strike vaccine production deals with the manufacturers of a handful of promising, late-stage vaccine development projects. The Gates Foundation as well as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance -- ...
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Bill Gates: CDC’s COVID-19 Response Was ‘Muzzled’ By White House

"I would have expected them to do better."
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Gates commits $150M to make $3 COVID-19 vaccines for vulnerable nations

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $150 million towards manufacturing 100 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines specifically for low- and middle-income countries. Gates‘ millions ensure the Serum Institute of India can produce enough volume once a vaccine acquires regulatory approval, and ultimately keep the cost of each dose below $3. The end goal is to deliver doses to 92 vulnerable countries around the world — so that they aren’t left behind once an effective vaccine h...
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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg joins centibillionaire club

The 36-year-old follows Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates as fortune passes $100bn for first timeMark Zuckerberg’s fortune has passed $100bn (£76bn) for the first time, adding him to an exclusive club of the world’s centibillionaires, after Facebook’s shares surged on news it is to launch a rival to the video-sharing app TikTok.Facebook announced the US rollout of Instagram Reels, its answer to the Chinese app TikTok, as the US president, Donald Trump, issued bans on American companies transacting with ...
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth just ballooned above $100 billion for the first time ever

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth just passed the $100 billion mark. Zuckerberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates are now the only three people in the world to be worth at least $100 billion, per Bloomberg. The executive's ballooned fortune comes as Facebook unveils its Instagram Reels, a TikTok-like feature in the app, and as Facebook has experienced a booming stock price during the pandemic. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook CEO Mar...
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