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No Apple products will cross the threshold of Melinda Gates' doorstep

October 24, 2010: 12:32 AM ET
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Apparently the charity of the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation does not extend to Apple (AAPL). From the Sunday, Oct. 24, issue of the New York Times Magazine:

Do you own an iPod, which is made by Apple? No, I have a Zune.

What if one of your children says, "Mom, I have to have an iPod"? I have gotten that argument -- "You may have a Zune."

Is it true that Bill works on an Apple laptop? False. Nothing crosses the threshold of our doorstep.

Isn't there room in this world for both Apple and Microsoft? Microsoft certainly makes products for the Macintosh. Go talk to Bill.

Bill chose well. You can read Melinda Gates' full Q&A here.

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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