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  • Lonerbook.com: In Your Face, Facebook! Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 3:39 PM ET
    Ted Kaczynski

    Eric Starkman runs a corporate communications firm called Starkman & Associates, and he has a good, cynical sense of humor. That's even though his company describes itself in the sort of consultant-speak he should be mocking...

  • Meet the World's New 'Richest Person' -- For Now Monday, 29 Oct 2007 | 5:02 PM ET

    Mexico's Carlos Slim has been displaced as the world's richest man, at least for today, according to reports from India's news media.

  • Microsoft: Why It's Such A Phenomenal Report Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 | 5:00 PM ET

    It's not often I do a double-take when I read a financial earnings report, but I had to make sure I was looking at Microsoft's numbers and not some other company's. The company beats by 6 cents a share; 45 cents instead of the 39 cents the Street was expecting.

  • Microsoft's "Face" Lift: Will It Take Hold? Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 | 11:52 AM ET

    It's safe to say that Microsoft hasn't had this kind of optimism swirling around it in, well, I can't remember the last time. Windows '95 maybe?  This company is firing on all cylinders, even though shares would suggest otherwise. The company will report its first fiscal quarter earnings after the bell, and feeding into the frenzy are headlines about Halo 3, Xbox 360...

  • Microsoft's Xbox: Coming Soon With HD-DVD? Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 2:57 PM ET

    Sources I'm talking to at the company suggest that an announcement could come soon that Microsoft will unveil a new version of Xbox 360 featuring a built-in HD-DVD player and HD tuner. The device might be officially unveiled during Bill Gates' keynote at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in January, which could be a bummer since it misses this upcoming Holiday Shopping season.

  • Facebook: Is It Really Worth Microsoft's Offer? Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 1:38 PM ET

    Rumors are flying about Microsoft's interest in investing in a 5% stake in Facebook--a stake that would value the social networking upstart at some $10 billion dollars. Viacom and Yahoo  have both made bids for the company, Google is reportedly interested (though co-founder Sergey Brin told me back in July that they weren't pursuing Facebook) and now Microsoft's offer is shaping up.

  • Hello Halo! Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 11:01 AM ET

    Inside of a week now to the year's most anticipated entertainment event. Not Shrek. Spider-man. Even Pirates. Nope, I'm talking Master Chief, Cortana. The Covenant. I'm talking "Halo 3."

  • "Beloved" Buffett's Net Worth Rises to $52 Billion Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 10:56 AM ET

    The annual Forbes 400 ranking of the richest Americans is out, and Warren Buffett is keeping his number two slot with an estimated net worth of $52 billion, $7 billion behind Microsoft's Bill Gates with $59 billion.

  • Bill Gates Again Tops List of Richest Americans Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 9:42 AM ET
    Bill Gates

    Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the richest person in America for the 14th year in a row, followed by investor Warren Buffett, according to Forbes magazine's latest list of the wealthiest Americans.

  • Rich & Richer: Philanthropy's Golden Age Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 3:55 PM ET

    With the stock market booming and wealth in America exploding, more of the rich and super-rich are giving big bucks to charitable causes.

  • Big Ten Network: Not Starting Up In A "Big" Way Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 2:57 PM ET

    Bob Johnson founded BET, yet he couldn't keep his regional sports network, C-SET, from faltering. Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, yet his ACSN had no chance. The Big Ten is one of the most powerful college conferences in the country, but unless they get real in the next couple weeks with the price that they're charging for the Big Ten Network, this operation will be in the graveyard within the next three years.

  • MTV Gets "Real" As Microsoft Gets Tuned Out Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | 3:03 PM ET

    When Viacom's MTV unveiled its new "Urge," online digital music destination at the big Consumer Electronics Show last year, it had all the earmarks of a major initiative. Justin Timberlake joined Van Toffler on stage during Bill Gates' keynote to unveil the service which would ultimately be tied to the then-upcoming Zune media player from Microsoft.

  • Bill Gates, billionaire chairman and co-founder of Microsoft, disclosed Tuesday that his foundation holds stakes in McDonald's, wireless tower operator Crown Castle International and Progressive, the third-largest U.S. auto insurer.

  • Paul Allen: Separating From DreamWorks SKG Tuesday, 7 Aug 2007 | 12:40 PM ET

    DreamWorks SKG couldn't have gotten off the ground more than a decade ago if it weren't for Paul Allen's $500 million investment. Perhaps his work is done--now he's selling $150 million of DreamWorks Animation stock back to the company, and doing a secondary offering to sell an additional 10 million shares to the public.

  • Microsoft Meeting: Will Another Demo End Up On YouTube? Thursday, 26 Jul 2007 | 4:35 PM ET

    Microsoft's top brass are hosting the company's Financial Analysts Meeting at company headquarters in Redmond, Washington today. I was going to be there as well, but at the last minute, changed plans for several reasons. And it was probably a good idea, at least for Microsoft.

  • Steve Jobs: Will The Real "Fake" Steve Please Stand Up? Thursday, 19 Jul 2007 | 10:57 AM ET

    Amazing how a soap opera turns into a saga when lawyers get involved, but such is the case with the ongoing web mystery swirling around Fake Steve Jobs. Have you been following this? If you have, you may have seen my colleague Jane Wells' blog post yesterday about the Fake Steve Jobs, where she pointed out some of his "ramblings."

  • Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim.

    Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim is the world's richest man, worth an estimated $67.8 billion, after overtaking Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, according to a respected tracker of Mexican financial wealth on Monday.

  • Google Co-Founder Caught "Off Guard" Friday, 1 Jun 2007 | 10:39 AM ET
    Brin Sergey

    So here's what you don't see on TV. I covered the first ever web developer conference held by Google, a "coming of age" rite for a company that, well, came of age a while ago. No top executives were supposed to be there. They were all supposed to be at the D5 tech conference near San Diego. So you can imagine my shock when, as I ignorantly sat on my journalistic butt, producer Christine Egy ran up and said, "Sergey Brin just walked in!"

  • The company built by the world's richest man takes on the world's largest democracy, and it's a case of cyber culture clash. India-based itVAR News (an IT website) says Microsoft is billing computer retailers in the town of Gujarat thousands of dollars, accusing them of installing pirated Windows software.The retailers have responded with a strike, a boycott and general outrage, though no one appears to be denying the accusations. One Indian retailer put it this way, "Since we are not charging anything extra for installing the software, it means that we are actually not trading in pirated software. For us, this is just a 'sewa' (selfless act) that we are offering to our customers. Besides, the pricing of their operating systems is way too high for Indian markets."

  • My Dad is Warren Buffett Saturday, 12 May 2007 | 12:51 AM ET

    Earlier this week, we aired a show in which I sat down with Warren Buffett's kids: Susie, Howard and Peter. In an act of unprecedented generosity, their father last year announced plans to give away nearly $30 billion to charity, much of it to the Gates Foundation. But the question on everyone's minds: what about the kids?