One last note about 2014: I’ll be publishing my sixth annual letter in January. This time I’m planning to take a slightly different tack from years past—Melinda and I will be tackling some of the biggest myths we encounter in our work on health and poverty. It should be a fun one to write.
Bill Gates • Writing in a blog post earlier this week about the Gates Foundation’s upcoming annual letter. Let’s hope that this means the foundation answer to this Mother Jones article, which made some pretty damning accusations against the charity (which, side note, keep popping up on my Tumblr feed) that the charity has yet to answer to.
Side note: While the foundation did invest $2.2 million in a private prison company according to a recent statement (one, mind you, with a bad rap), on the very next line of the statement, it notes the foundation invested more than $9 million in Getty Images, which primarily trades in stock photos. So good luck trying to make any damn sense of this thing from cherry-picked info.
The 400 wealthiest Americans are worth a record $2.02 trillion, roughly equivalent to the GDP of Russia.Forbes’ list of the richest people in the U.S. is reading for the 0.00000005625 percent.
Is it possible to develop a product without this stigma, or better, one that is felt to enhance pleasure? If so, would such a product lead to substantial benefits for global health, both in terms of reducing the incidence of unplanned pregnancies and in prevention of infection with HIV or other STIs?A statement on the Grand Challenges for Global Health website • Discussing an initiative for a next-generation condom which recently received $100,000 in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The initiative, despite its potential to help global health worldwide, understandably leads to some jokes. “To say that Bill Gates is calling for new development on high-tech condoms might be a bit of an overstatement,” snarks PC Magazine’s David Murphy, “given that it conjures up the idea of Wi-Fi-friendly prophylactics running a stripped-down version of Windows 8 or something to that effect – we’ll let you make your own jokes on whether they’d be touch-friendly.”
Today, a single Apple product — the iPhone — generates more revenue than all of Microsoft’s wares combined.Vanity Fair • In a blog post previewing Kurt Eichenwald’s upcoming piece on the downfall of Microsoft, which has seen better days. Despite being years ahead on many technologies, including smartphones, e-readers and tablets, a bureaucratic culture often at odds with innovations cost them this lead. The company also rejected ideas which became bigger deals years later: For example, when a status-update feature was pitched for MSN Messenger years before Twitter and Facebook became huge, the idea was rejected out of hand. Now it’s 2012 and Microsoft is trying to right the ship. Can they?
whobutwbstilwell says: I might be wrong here, but didn't Bill Gates also receive this honour a few years ago? Just thinking about your comment about Windows users here haha.
» SFB says: Yes, you’re right. — Gates received a KBE honor in 2005, but here’s where Ive and Gates differ. See, Ive will be called “Sir” because he’s British. Gates is American, so his title didn’t change. The joke was faux-arrogance to be honest. Heh. — Ernie @ SFB