Executive Business Briefing

Here is a look at some of Monday's top business stories

Mass. wants changes in Microsoft deal

BOSTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Massachusetts will not go along with the federal government's proposed settlement of the Microsoft Corp. antitrust suit without major changes, setting the stage

TV viewers are in high cotton in November

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- In the feast or famine world of network TV programming, viewers are about to feast on four weeks' worth of the best that the entertainment divisions can come up
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

On The Net

By United Press International

China still atop PC tree, despite slowdown

SHANGHAI, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Liu Yiming, a 23-year-old waitress, had to scrounge and save for more than a year before she could afford to buy her first computer. It was a luxury purchase, on a paltry salary of $125 a month, but she just had to have it.

Intel founder makes lavish gift to Caltech

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Caltech University in Pasadena will be the recipient of donations totaling $600 million from Intel Corp. co-founder Gordon E. Moore, the largest donation ever m

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Oct. 28, the 301st day of 2001 with 64 to follow.
By United Press International

Microsoft unveils Windows XP

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Windows XP is here! "Today is a great day for PC users and a great day for the PC industry," said Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. "With the launch of Windows XP, we are entering an exciting new era of personal computing.
T.K. MALOY, UPI DEputy Business Editor

What's going on in Hollywood

PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

UPI Arts & Entertainment -- Scott's World

HOLLYWOOD (UPI) -- Tinseltown is full of spotlight junkies, individuals who court attention from as many people as possible.
VERNON SCOTT, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Microsoft makes inroads at APEC

SHANGHAI, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and Chinese President Jiang Zemin might have little in common when it comes to capitalist theories and free-market ideals. Just the same, unlikely bedfellows often make good business partners, as the saying goes.
CHRISTIAN WADE, UPI Business Correspondent

Of Human Interest: News-lite

PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

World corporate leaders huddle at APEC

SHANGHAI, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Amid deepening concerns about a global recession, chief executives of the world's largest corporations convened in China's financial hub on Thursday to discuss prospects for the region at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Microsoft, Samsung form alliance

SEOUL, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. and Samsung Electronics, the world's largest computer memory chipmaker, formed a strategic alliance Wednesday to develop personal computers and digital home network business.
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Bill Gates
Microsoft Corporation Chairman, Bill Gates, announced two new initiatives at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan on May 7, 2008. Gates introduced plans to develop Windows Media Center software, and Dreamspark, a new program designed for student developers.(UPI Photo/keizo Mori)

William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, philanthropist, author and chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder, with more than 8 percent of the common stock. He has also authored or co-authored several books.

Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Although he is admired by many, a number of industry insiders criticize his business tactics, which they consider anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by the courts. In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.

Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. He remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect. In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work, and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie, chief software architect, and Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer. Gates' last full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. He remains at Microsoft as non-executive chairman.

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