The collective net worth of the super rich on Forbes's annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americans fell by $300 billion over the past 12 months, and the tech sector spilled its share of the red ink.
Microsoft's Bill Gates lost the most -- at least on paper. His net worth dropped from $57 to $50 billion, not enough, however, to keep him from topping the list for the 16th year MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 1, 2009 6:23 AM ET
"I would give a lot to have Steve's taste."
Bill Gates said that of Steve Jobs at the D5 conference two years ago, and we knew exactly what he meant.
Take, for example, the two images above. They are samples of the new desktop images offered by this fall's big operating system updates: Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 7, scheduled for release in October, and Apple's (AAPL) Snow Leopard, due in September.
Can you guess MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 11, 2009 8:13 AM ET
This one is for Bill Gates.
He was 27 when I first met him. It was 1983 and he was in New York hustling a new laptop (the Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100) that came with Microsoft software in ROM. I remember him rocking back and forth, as if to contain his impatience, when asked if there was an UNDO key.
In those days, before Microsoft became a software colossus, he or MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 28, 2008 6:34 AM ET
It's hard to tell what is more surprising about Radar's latest Fame-O-Meter results: that Steve Jobs has only now passed Bill Gates in the magazine's "buzz index," or that Radar thinks Rupert Murdoch is a "Web 2.0 figure."
The Fame-O-Meter, according to the magazine's website, is an "absurdly scientific real-time" measure of the "notoriety and cultural relevance" of public figures based on the number of times they appear in news publications, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 16, 2008 3:42 PM ET
Apple has no numbers to compare with the 140 million copies of Vista that Bill Gates says Microsoft (MSFT) has sold since the latest version of Windows started shipping in late 2006. (link)
Literally, no numbers. The last time Apple (AAPL) released a Leopard sales figure was Oct. 30, 2007, when the company said that it had sold more than 2 million copies of Leopard in one long weekend (see here). MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 8, 2008 4:33 PM ET
Has Bill Gates learned the lesson of Zune?
Having gone up against the iPod with Microsoft's (MSFT) MP3 player and failed to make much of a dent in Apple's (AAPL) dominant share of the portable digital music market, Gates seems to be conceding the field for all-in-one devices to the iPhone.
Thompson Financial reports today that in an interview with a German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Microsoft's chairman said he did not MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 9, 2008 9:14 AM ET
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