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Microsoft head triggers sell-off in hi-tech stocks

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Bears grow louder as Dow slides again

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Network: Beware the penguin, Bill

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Bill Gates' pounds 31bn makes him world's richest man

BILL GATES, the United States Microsoft chief, is the world's richest man, according to a list of the world's 200 most wealthy businessmen. But not one Briton makes the top 100 of the billionaires list published by Forbes Magazine.

Bill Gates is richest person

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ICL's alliance with Microsoft will create 1,000 new jobs

THE COMPUTER services group ICL yesterday unveiled a worldwide strategic alliance with Microsoft, the US software behemoth, which is expected to bring in revenues of pounds 500m over the next three years and create 1,000 new jobs.

Bill Gates has got your money. Now he wants you to love him

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Network: Bill Gates beware, America's consumer crusader is on to you

Ralph Nader became a legend in the United States by taking on corporate giants such as General Motors. Now he is waging a guerrilla war with the richest man in the world. He tells John Carlin why he believes that Bill Gates and Microsoft are a potential threat to democracy and market freedom.
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