Watch an Embarrased Jimmy Fallon Hide His MacBook from Bill Gates

Bill Gates's Microsoft-running days are behind him. He's moved on to toilets and condoms and general philanthropy. Still, Windows is his baby, so no wonder Jimmy Fallon felt the need to hide his MacBook during an interview on Late Night. Awkwardly. » 1/22/14 1:20pm 1/22/14 1:20pm

Bill Gates Unveiled Windows 30 Years Ago Today

No matter what you think of Windows 8, it's certain that Windows is both iconic and significant in the evolution of personal computing. It's a series of operating systems, of course, but it's also been a concept, a way of thinking, an influencer, and a touchstone for 30 years since Bill Gates introduced it on November… » 11/10/13 11:38am 11/10/13 11:38am

Forget Jobs, Here's the Movie Trailer for the Epic Gates Biopic

Unless you've been locked in a basement rooting your Android device for the past three months, you're probably aware that Ashton Kutcher's big, blockbuster debut as Steve Jobs is, for better or worse, just around the corner. But Steve isn't the only great media mogul of yore—Bill Gates played just as big of a role in… » 8/14/13 1:29pm 8/14/13 1:29pm

Virtual Reality Was In, Sony Was Out: Trends From USA Today in 1995

Remember 1995? Yeah, me neither. But to refresh our memories, we've got an "In and Out" list from the December 20, 1995 edition of USA Today. This strange artifact (found in the University of California-San Francisco tobacco document archives) gives a peek at how mainstream America was thinking about shifting trends in… » 7/03/13 6:11pm 7/03/13 6:11pm

Bill Gates and Paul Allen Recreate Iconic 1981 Microsoft Photo

Back in 1981, Bill Gates and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pulled of an audacious feat: they licensed MS-DOS to IBM, but in a deal that saw them retain entire control of the software. To mark the occasion, the pair were photographed amid a sea of contemporary computers—and now they've recreated the image. » 4/04/13 5:25am 4/04/13 5:25am

Bill Gates Has $100,000 For Anyone Who Can Invent a High-Tech,…

Condoms are a life-saving piece of tech, and for being little more than uninflated latex balloons, they do their job pretty well if you wear them. That's the part that Bill Gates is working on. No, he's not going around as a one-man condom-police army, but he is offering $100,000 to anyone who can make a condom less… » 3/23/13 10:00am 3/23/13 10:00am

When Microsoft Threatened to Sue Us Over the Letter “E”

By 1997 E.piphany was a fast growing startup with customers, revenue and something approaching a repeatable business model. Somewhere that year we decided to professionalize our logo (you should have seen the first one.) With a massive leap of creativity we decided that it should it should have our company name and the … » 8/20/12 3:40pm 8/20/12 3:40pm

Why Are Tech Founders Such Assholes?

In the past couple of weeks, the co-founders of Microsoft and Twitter have been attached to the same kinds of unsavory stories that have long dogged the people behind Facebook, Apple, Zynga and other top tech firms. What is it about computers and money that instills villainy? » 4/20/11 3:40pm 4/20/11 3:40pm

Paul Allen Dishes the Gossip on Bill Gates (and His Yacht) on 60…

Yesterday, a new book on Bill Gates and Microsoft hit store shelves—Idea Man. Only this one has been penned by Microsoft co-creator Paul Allen, who appeared on 60 Minutes to talk about the early days of Microsoft; the computers they were writing software on, and just what went wrong along the way between the two… » 4/18/11 3:40am 4/18/11 3:40am

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Felt Betrayed By Bill Gates

Starting a business with your friend? Not always a good idea. Just look at Paul Allen who co-founded Microsoft with childhood friend Bill Gates. Allen is now a billionaire beyond belief, owning sports teams and super yachts, but his new book is taking jabs at Bill Gates and makes it look like Allen was more important… » 3/30/11 10:20am 3/30/11 10:20am