Bill Gates

In Warren Buffett’s own backyard: Underfunded Omaha libraries. National digital library endowment, anyone?

By David Rothman
July 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

“Currently, Omaha Public Libraries’ spending per capita is substantially below that of surrounding communities.” – Library Board of Trustees President Mike Meyer, as quoted by KETV, source of a related video. The TeleRead take: Library branches may cut hours, one may even [...]

Morning Roundup: Netflix’s future plans; more

By Joanna Cabot
December 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Netflix wants to be present all around the world before 2020, said the company’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos during an investor event Monday. [...]

Baltimore Sun op-ed on “Books and billionaires” (this means you, Bill Gates)

By David Rothman
February 1, 2014 // 3 Comments

LibraryCity’s proposal for a national digital library endowment has just made The Baltimore Sun—complete with a personal appeal to Bill Gates to talk up the idea. Books and billionaires does have a ring to it, doesn’t it? If TeleRead community members can help get the word out on [...]

Bill Gates, Nathan Myhrvold seek patent to convert text to video

By libertyc
August 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Need an imagination? There’s an app for that. Or soon will be. Among the wackier wheezes worked up lately to improve on plain old Mark One printed text is a patent application filed by Bill Gates, Nathan Myhrvold, and a bunch of other Washington State dreamers to autoconvert text to video. [...]

A national digital library endowment: How America’s billionaires could be modern Carnegies for real

By libertyc
February 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Warren Buffett was on CBS Sunday Morning. The interviewer, Rebecca Jarvis, asked if he owned an iPhone. No. iPad? No. “He prefers books,” she said in an admiring way, “and reads avidly.” As if electronic books don’t exist! As if millions of Americans are not downloading e-books to [...]

Need Library E-Books to Feed Your New Gadget? Here's the Answer

By libertyc
January 1, 2013 // 10 Comments

If you can’t find the right library e-books for your new Kindle, Nook, iPad or other gizmo, you’re not alone. More than 100 patrons of the District of Columbia Public Library were lined up electronically today for 10 e-book copies of The Racketeer, John Grisham’s new novel about the murder [...]

Mark Zuckerberg's Life Story as an E-Comic Book

By libertyc
September 5, 2012 // 1 Comment

Ever heard of the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon? Even if you haven’t, you’ve almost certainly experienced it: It’s a cognitive bias that occurs after you hear or see something that is relatively odd or obscure, and then begin seeing or hearing that same thing over and over again. [...]

Bill Gates rejected touchscreen e-reader prototype in 1998

By libertyc
July 4, 2012 // 3 Comments

Vanity Fair has an article on Microsoft’s corporate culture, and some ways in which that culture crippled innovation at the company. One of those ways is responsible for Microsoft—and Bill Gates in particular—rejecting a prototype for a touchscreen e-reader—in 1998. According to [writer [...]

Apple products are a no-no in the Gates household

By libertyc
October 24, 2010 // 5 Comments

Various Internet news sources (such as Gizmodo) are reporting on a specific portion of a New York Times interview with Bill Gates’s wife Melinda—the portion focusing on her attitude toward Apple products in her household. It seems that Melinda Gates has very particular attitudes toward what [...]

Tablets: How to beat the iPad; Microsoft still in the running

By libertyc
May 5, 2010 // 0 Comments

Charlie Sorrel at Wired’s “Gadget Lab” blog has a column on “How to make an iPad-beating tablet.” Though by and large, most of the features he describes are exactly the features that the iPad has. For instance: The suggestions that Apple should let users install apps from anywhere ignore [...]

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