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Bill Gates is building a machine to diagnose nasty diseases

“Can you create a new device that quickly diagnoses HIV, TB, malaria, and other diseases… accepts different samples, like blood, saliva, and sputum… is affordable… and reliable… and will work in a small clinic that has only a few hours of electricity a day?” Gates asks.

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How Bill Gates' summer reading list compares to Amazon reviews

Bill Gates, the world’s richest technologist has published a recommended summer reading list on his blog; it’s a mix of policy, business, and fiction for the ambitious intellectual who wants to ponder world domination while sipping Mai Tai’s in the shade.

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#1 in #2: Bill Gates reinvents the toilet

Technologist, billionaire, titan of industry, and philanthropist Bill Gates has been spending a lot of time lately looking at toilets.
And no, it wasn’t due to a rough night at a Mexican restaurant.

Former Xbox 360 exec’s $1B pain and advice to entrepreneurs

The former president of Microsoft’s gaming and devices division spoke to a captive audience about how to create entrepreneurial projects within a larger company. During that talk, he touched on the Xbox 360’s early troubles and how that affected him personally.

Bitcoin is "a very fast money order, anonymously."

Warren Buffett has taken an $11 billion stake in IBM

Billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway now has a stake in IBM worth $11 billion, making it the largest single stakeholder in the company.  With fully 5.5 percent of the all common shares, Buffett, who is the president, chairman and chief executive officer of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, has been snapping up as much IBM as he can over the past eight months.

Author Steven Levy tells young hackers about their religion

Steven Levy wrote his first book, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, in 1984. At the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas today, he talked about the word “hacker” and its origins amid a crowd of young practitioners of the craft, many of whom weren’t born when he published that book.