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The wise knew the demise would be slow. Bill Gates gave newspapers another 50 years

Bill Gates to take part in UK phone chat

Business chief and philanthropist Bill Gates is to take part in a telephone conversation with British people today ahead of a global conference on vaccines.

JJB set to unveil £30m cash-call

JJB Sports, the beleaguered sports retailer, is poised to announce a £30m fund-raising and the departure of its chairman, to safeguard its future.

Why nerds are inheriting the earth

The best-selling books, hottest cinema tickets and most desirable gadgets have one thing in common – they have a high nerd count. Alice-Azania Jarvis offers a spotter's guide to the geeky species that is inheriting the earth.

Steve Connor: An open letter to Bill Gates

Lab Notes

Charity doesn't begin at home for China's Bill Gates

Clifford Coonan on the billionaire philanthropist who won't help his poverty-stricken family

Dyson ready to clean up in pursuit of Ryder Cup berth

Superb 65 puts Englishman in position for win which would virtually clinch spot

Ed Roberts: Pioneering electronics engineer who built the first widely available home computer

Ed Roberts was one of the early pioneers in the world of personal computing, an electronics engineer who designed and created the first widely available home microcomputer in 1974. With no keyboard, no screen and only a set of switches to programme it, this was a different beast to today's laptop and desktop PCs. However, it is thanks to Roberts and his colleagues that computers emerged out of the worlds of academia, the military and commerce to make their way into our homes.

Creative Capitalism, ed Michael Kinsley

"Creative capitalism", the brainchild of Bill Gates, is the idea that capitalism can and should be used to solve the world's problems. In fact, Gates argues, capitalists should be much better at doing so than governments: they can "[match] business expertise with needs in the developing world to find markets that are... untapped." This book is drawn from a web-based discussion of Gates's idea, with economists, journalists and business people weighing in; some supportive, some acidly sceptical.

Bill Gates says internet needs to thrive in China

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates today said the Internet needs to thrive in China as an engine of free speech and described official online censorship by Beijing as "very limited."

The greatest wine sale ever known

The Tour d'Argent's cellar is one of the best in the world, but it is running out of space. So the Parisien restaurant has decided to sell off 18,000 bottles – and there are bargains to be had.

Dominic Lawson: Here's another phoney war: the one on climate change

There's no glory in spending $10m a year on giant nozzles that squirt sulphur dioxide

Business Diary: JJB gets charitable backing from Bill Gates

Either Microsoft supremo Bill Gates knows a bargain when he sees one, or the definition of charity is getting somewhat stretched as a result of the recession taking its toll on some of the high street's most well-known names.

Claire Beale on Advertising: Bill Gates as a comedian – now that's worth watching on YouTube

Bill Gates is shopping for shoes. He's a size 10, and he likes his leathers on the cheap side. In fact, he's a bone fide, platinum card-carrying member of the Shoe Circus Clown Club.

Office romance: how Bill met Melinda

In summer 1986, freshly graduated from Duke University with a degree in computer science and economics, Melinda Ann French was working as an intern for IBM. She told a recruiter she had one more interview – with a new company called Microsoft. The recruiter was keen. "If you get a job offer from them," she said, "take it, because the chance for advancement there is terrific."

Time to log off: Bill Gates steps down from the top job at Microsoft

In 1975, he declared it his ambition to put 'a computer on every desk and in every home'. As Bill Gates today steps down from the top job at Microsoft, and focuses instead on his extraordinary philanthropic legacy, Stephen Foley examines how this geek from Seattle changed our world
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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

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Jokes on Hollywood

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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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