Zune is Dead, but Melinda Gates confirms the no Apple policy is still alive and well.
Back in June of 2011, Bill Gates conducted an interesting interview with the UK’s Daily Mail, and revealed a much more personal side of the ex-Microsoft CEO then we were used to. He opened up about his family life, an amusingly enough, he even admitted what he tells his kids when they ask Santa for an iPad. At the time Bill was adamant they were a Zune only family, but fast forward to New Year’s Eve 2012, and Zune is all but completely dead. So has this loosened up the no iDevice policy?
Every geek knows who Bill Gates is, but just who is the man behind the legend? In an uncharacteristically candid interview with the UK’s Daily Mail, he describes not just his family life, but what he plans to do with his personal fortune. It might sound like an easy question to someone like you and me, but if you actually stop and think about what you would do with $56 billion (after making $28 billion in charitable donations), you’ll begin to appreciate why it’s not so cut and dry.
Hit the jump to read our summarized version, including what he tells his kids when they ask for an iPad.
Paul Allen, who along with Bill Gates started a little company called Microsoft, and who has been treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, announced on Thursday that he will be giving away more than half of his estimated $13.5 billion fortune to philanthropy.
"I've planned for many years now that the majority of my estate will be left to philanthropy to continue the work of the foundation and to fund nonprofit scientific research, like the ground breaking work being done at the Allen Institute for Brain Science," Allen said.
According to Forbes magazine, Allen is the 37th richest man in the world. He's already handed out more than $1 billion to various foundations and nonprofit organizations he created in the past two decades.
Allen also joins a growing number of wealthy philanthropists making public commitments to give away their fortunes, partly in response to the urging of Bill Gates and Warren E. Buffet, who last month started a program called The Giving Pledge designed to encourage billionaires to devote half of their fortunes to charity.
Google has made it clear recently that it does not intend to compete with utilities. The Mountain View tech company felt the need to do so after its recent push to get the PowerMeter service up and running. Some have worried that Google might intend to take over the relationship with customers from the electric companies.
PowerMeter is a service that pulls data from special “smart” home electricity meters and feeds it into a web interface where users can track their use. Google’s Program Manager for Advanced Products, Ed Lu, explained that Google only wants to help consumers understand their energy usage better. He went on saying, “This is where we think we can help utilities with this particular problem.”
Google has held firm that PowerMeter is merely a tool to help people be more environmentally conscious. Google also says they don’t intend to make profits on PowerMeter, as it is a project of Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm.
So you’ve got this great idea that will change the world, but you just don’t have the cash to get it off the ground. Well, luckily for you Google has your back! Google recently announced a new venture called Project 10 to the 100, a contest that allows anyone to submit a world-changing idea to Google, and they will potentially commit $10 million to implementing it.
These world-changing ideas will be submitted to Google in one of eight categories; community, opportunity, energy, environment, health, education, shelter and everything else. Once initial bulk of ideas have been sifted through, 100 ideas will be voted on publicly to determine 20 semi-finalists, and from there five ideas will be chosen for the $10 million prizes. But know that that $10 million isn’t going directly to you (should you win)! What you win is “the satisfaction of knowing that your idea might truly help a lot of people.” The deadline for submitting your idea is October 20th, and videos are allowed to supplement your proposal.
Google’s reason for offering the project is pretty noble, and I like it. On the project’s official site they say: “Never in history have so many people had so much information, so many tools at their disposal, so many ways of making good ideas come to life. Yet at the same time, so many people, of all walks of life, could use so much help, in both little ways and big. In the midst of this, new studies are reinforcing the simple wisdom that beyond a certain very basic level of material wealth, the only thing that increases individual happiness over time is helping other people.”