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Nerds on Broadway: Steve Jobs/Bill Gates Musical Enters Tony Awards Race

The 2016 Tony Award race just got a lot nerdier. Nerds, a musical about the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, is coming to Broadway - just in time to be considered for American theater's top prize.

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Bill Gates Says Vaccines Are the Best Thing for Developing Countries While People in This Country Turn Them Down

Another in a long list of things people take for granted.

No matter how many blue screens of death caused me to curse his name as a child, Bill Gates is a wonderful human being and philanthropist. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation works hard to improve the quality of life for people in developing nations, which includes delivering a lot of helpful vaccines whether people in other nations think they're evil corporate death potions or not.

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Bill Gates Will Make Us All Drink Poop Water for Science, Starting With Jimmy Fallon

Water doesn't just grow on trees, you know.

Clean water is a big problem in underdeveloped areas of the world, and Bill Gates has a solution: poop water.

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Bill Gates Gives Redditor Her Christmas Wish: A Loki Helmet

He did not include the gift of "glorious purpose."

This cat logs on every day to moderate submissions in r/pics.

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Bill Gates Has Invented Remote-Controlled Birth Control

Now, where's the button that turns Hobby Lobby off?

Not a fan of IUDs or other hormonal contraception options? Don't worry, friends, the future of our fallopian tubes is bright! The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is currently experimenting with an incredible microchip that could be embedded into the body to provide convenient and reliable protection for far longer than any currently available hormonal birth control. Now if I can just keep track of where I put the remote...

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Bill Gates Admits That Control+Alt+Delete Was A Big Mistake

Next maybe he'll have something to say about the blue screen of death.

The "three finger salute" of Control+Alt+Delete has been a part of Microsoft lore since it was first put into the Acorn computers in 1981 by developer David Bradley. It's also used to log in to Windows 7 and below, which annoys users to this day. Gates is real sorry about that, as it turns out.

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“Two Bills, One Selfie” Could Be Incredibly Disgusting Reference, Please Tell Us It’s Not

Please just let this be unfortunate phrasing. Please just let this be unfortunate phrasing...

Bill Clinton has only been on Twitter a few months, and he's already taking selfies. Clinton's selfies always feature a former president, and sometimes feature Bill Gates. Unfortunately, Clinton's caption was "Two Bills, one selfie," which is potentially the grossest reference ever made by a former President.

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Joerg Sprave’s Condom Slingshot Is The Scariest Path To Safe Sex

When Bill Gates issued a call for a condom that was safer, stronger, and easier to apply, he got slingshot mastermind Joerg Sprave's attention, mostly with that "easier to apply" part. The result is Sprave's latest creation -- a condom-applying slingshot. Because hey, you don't get a title like slingshot mastermind by not making things like this.

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Things We Saw Today: Benedict Cumberbatch as Various Pokémon

Things We Saw Today

Presented without comment from the Pokebatchichooseyou Tumblr. (via Kotaku

Read More Gets Gates, Zuckerberg, and More to Talk About Importance of Coding [Video]

A few weeks ago launched with the goal of getting more young people excited about coding. When they launched there were rumors that they were producing a video with some of the biggest names in coding like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Today they released that video, and sure enough, Gates and Zuckerberg are in there. They're in good company too, with some big name coders from Twitter, Dropbox, and for some reason The takeaway message? Being a programmer now is basically like being a junk bond trader in the 1980s, except the cocaine and strippers have been replaced with free pizza and awesome rumpus rooms, and the bond trading has been replaced with doing something of some utility to society.

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Bill Gates Is Absolutely CRUSHING a Reddit AMA Right Now

Programmer, technologist, philanthropist and strong contender for King Of The Geeks Bill Gates is about 45 minutes into an AMA on Reddit right now, folks, and he is absolutely killing it. From his predictions on what the next big changes in technology will be to fielding questions on how to more effectively introduce vaccines in the developing world, Gates is being kind of the man right now in what is a pretty excellent AMA, following questions right down into the nitty gritty of comments and being smarter and funnier than you expect while doing it. If you haven't poked your head in yet, this is your cue to do so right now.

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Computer science is one of the fastest growing fields out there, but its growth is outpacing the number of young people studying it. One projection says that by the year 2020 there will be 1,000,000 more computer science jobs than computer science students. That's a huge disparity. The new site launched today to try to change that by helping grow computer programming education in the United States. It seems like their plan is to make coding seem cool so more young people will learn how to do it. Where do we sign up?

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Designers Compete To Be Bill Gates’ Choice for Toilet of the Future

As we've reported here earlier, Bill Gates has deemed it time for a new toilet. For the last couple days, teams of engineers and designers from around the world arrived in Seattle to show off their best designs for the honey bucket of the future, competing against one another to see how they handled solid waste. Don't worry, you guys, it's all soy-based gunk -- it's just supposed to look a lot like poop, a goal at which it succeeds admirably. Participants in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, needed to meet several criteria set by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is throwing its philanthropic weight (read: millions of dollars of cash money grants) behind the project in the hopes of creating a functioning off-the-grid sanitation system for the developing world.

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Bill Gates Funds Project to Create Potable Toilet Water

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded a project by Manchester University researcher Sarah Haigh with the end goal of making toilet water safe to drink, as well as being able to have energy extracted from it. Don't tell your dog just yet, but Patches may have some high quality water to sneak from the bathroom when you aren't looking sometime in the future.

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Sara Blakely Started Spanx With $5,000, Is Now On Forbes’ World Billionaires List

Clever Girl

Forbes Magazine has released their yearly list of the World's Billionaires, over 1000 individuals who have done extremely well for themselves (putting it mildly). New to the list this year is Spanx founder Sara Blakely. The woman who started her bodyshaper business with just $5,000 in savings now ranks up there with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. And by the look of the Academy Awards this year, something tells me she's got nowhere to go but up. 

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Arfa Karim Randhawa, Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional, Dies at 16

so long and thanks for all the fish

It's always a wonderful day when we get to report on young girls and their achievements in science and technology, especially when those achievements are groundbreaking. However, today brings the very sad news that a young girl who did achieve something groundbreaking in science and technology has passed away before she could reach her full potential. Arfa Karim Randhawa, who became the world's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at age nine in 2005, passed away this weekend at 16. The Pakistan native made a big impression on Bill Gates when she earned the certification, and she will be a great inspiration to other girls who learn about her story.

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Bill Gates Tells Students Being Rich is Overrated

“I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars, there’s a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that. But once you get much beyond that, I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger...But being ambitious is good. You just have to pick what you enjoy doing.” Bill Gates speaking at University of Washington, responding to a student who asked him what she can do to be rich like he is.

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Bill Gates is the Richest Man in America Once Again

Earlier this year, Bill Gates lost his title as the richest man in the world. Not because Microsoft wasn't doing well, or because he was emulating MC Hammer or Antoine Walker, but because he gave so much of his money to charity that he lost the coveted top spot. Mexico's Carlos Slim edged out Gates by around one billion dollars when the riches of both were ranked earlier this year. Forbes released their ranking of the richest people in America, and Bill Gates managed to snag that title, so maybe if he's feeling a little down that Carlos Slim edged him out in the world rankings earlier this year, Gates can retreat to his American title. Gates is still worth the $59 billion that he was worth back when he lost out to Carlos Slim, taking the American title by a cool $20 billion from friend Warren Buffet, who is only worth a measly $39 billion. Microsoft was also represented by CEO Steve Ballmer, worth an even more meager $13.9 billion. How does that guy even afford groceries? Head on over to Forbes to check out the list, wherein the least rich guy is still worth over one billion dollars. ( via Techmeme)

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Bill Gates Endeavoring to Reinvent the Toilet, Says Nothing About the Fate of the Wheel

Bill Gates revolutionized the computing world with Windows and now, instead of moving on to the related field of Doors, or Fake Wood Paneling, he is now turning some of his attention to reinventing the toilet. He'll probably do a good job too; his experience with Microsoft Operating Systems makes him uniquely qualified to deal with crap. Zing. Kidding aside, Gates' new $42 million Reinventing the Toilet Challenge is actually a social-conscious, altruistic attempt to bring higher levels of sanitation to developing countries, where easily preventable illnesses cost millions of lives each year, mostly those of infants. As part of this campaign, the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is putting out the call to, and coughing up the funding for, eight different research universities that will be trying to develop the "new" toilet. His goals for this new toilet are none-to-simple either. The perfect candidate will be able to take in waste and produce clean water, energy and/or nutrients all without electricity, running water or a sewer system at its disposal(ha!). Oh and also, they need to be easy to install and can't cost more than $0.05 a day to maintain. Ready? Go! If he can get someone to pull of that kind of miracle, I would really love to see him tackle something like the wheel, or a stable operating system. I do run Windows, by the way. Check out a punny, slightly gross, but informational promo-video for the project below.

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Bill Gates Says He Personally Backed Microsoft’s Skype Acquisition

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has taken his lumps over Microsoft's $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype. One widely-read recent essay, The Ballmer Days Are Over," the slant of which can be inferred from its title, takes the Skype deal as evidence that Ballmer is the un-techy, unimaginative, hidebound CEO that his detractors have accused him of being all along. In advocating for Ballmer's replacement, author Ben Brooks writes: "Any new CEO should love technology and that will begin to show at Microsoft like it did when Gates was still at the helm if the right person is hired. Ballmer seems to care more about being the biggest thing on the market instead of the products his company creates." Time will tell whether Brooks' read on Ballmer's tenure as Microsoft CEO is correct, but as applied to the Skype deal, it's confounded by one newly revealed fact: Bill Gates himself strongly pushed for Microsoft to acquire Skype, Gates revealed in a recent BBC interview.

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