Nadella: Our industry respects innovation, not tradition

He wears jeans with a T-shirt and suit coat. Sometimes he wears a hoodie like Mark Zuckerberg. He is a decade younger than his predecessor Steve Ballmer. He grew up in India, but has spent more than half his life in the US. He likes cricket and poetry. He has worked at Microsoft for 22 years, most recently as head of the company's $20 billion cloud and enterprise group. This is Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO.

As he settles into his new role, the question is what will Nadella do different from his predecessor to make Microsoft a … Read more

As Microsoft CEO rumors swirl, consider the Bill Gates factor

As Microsoft allegedly edges closer to naming its new CEO, rumors about a new, more involved role for company founder Bill Gates are gaining steam, too.

According to three different reports from the past few days (Recode, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal), Gates may end up resigning as chairman to take on a more active product development role at the company.

As I've blogged before, I do not have any first-hand board-level leaks about the CEO appointment process. I don't know if Microsoft's current cloud and enterprise chief Satya Nadella really will end up taking on the … Read more

Lego Bill Murray prayers answered: 'Ghostbusters' set coming

Rejoice, all you children of the '80s, all you Bill Murray fans, all you who have sewn deep into the night to create a "Ghostbusters" jumpsuit costume. The bigwigs at Lego are smiling down on you, and giving you an offering in the form of greenlighting a fan-designed "Ghostbusters" set.

Lego tinkerer Brent Waller put together a model for a "Ghostbusters" set in honor of the film's 30th anniversary this year. He built minifigs, the Ectomobile, and the ghost hunters' headquarters building. He really nailed Bill Murray's hairline for the minifig. The project went up for vote on Lego's fan site CUUSOO, where it gained 10,000 supporters, enough to get Lego to look at making it official, which it did.… Read more

Bill Gates: I assume my phone's not being tapped

"It's not as if government surveillance is absolutely bad in all cases."

Oh, that's a relief. With all the revelations over the last months, I'd begun to wonder.

Thankfully, with these words (and others), Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates tried to offer some reassurance to those thinking of moving to some distant private island as a form of escape.

Speaking to Jorge Ramos on Fusion TV, Gates said he believed it was possible to find a balance between security and privacy, though he didn't offer what that magical formula might be.

However, he does seem … Read more

Jimmy Fallon tries to hide his Mac from Bill Gates

It all started so well.

Jimmy Fallon called Bill Gates "cool," which hasn't always been the first word used to describe Microsoft's co-founder.

Gates appeared on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and talked about the stunning success he has contributed in the fight against polio.

Ultimately, though, Fallon wanted to talk gadgets. How will computing change?

Gates replied that tomorrow's computers will be able "to see, to listen, to talk, to recognize handwriting."

Gates has always been keen on handwriting and styluses, hasn't he? Though, I wonder how many of … Read more

Bill Gates predicts no poor countries by 2035

Bill Gates is one of the chief architects of the digital revolution, famously dropping out of Harvard to start the Microsoft empire. On Tuesday, he argued that that revolution will be one of the things that helps lift poorer countries out of poverty. And he believes that enough to make a heady prediction.

In the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's annual letter, he celebrated the progress that poorer countries have been making, and dismissed it as a myth that those countries cannot become wealthier. "I am optimistic enough about this that I am willing to make a prediction. … Read more

New spending bill puts the brakes on Bulbageddon

Negotiators in the House and Senate came to terms on a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill Monday night, including provisions that would effectively halt the ongoing phase-out of classic incandescent light bulbs.

Though no existing efficiency standards would actually be overturned, the clause -- one paragraph out of a 1,582-page document -- would prevent the Department of Energy from implementing or enforcing the phase-out, blocking standards set by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). Negotiations for the appropriations bill involved leadership from both chambers, meaning that passage seems likely.

In their summary of the bill, Republican … Read more

Batkid, Bill Nye, and more: 10 geeky highlights of 2013

The past year has been a collection of geeky surprises, ranging from the Ben Affleck-as-Batman announcement to an actual running car crafted from little plastic Lego bricks. Plus, who could have predicted Bill Nye's stint on the dance floor of "Dancing with the Stars?"

One of the most memorable moments happened when a 5-year-old cancer patient named Miles donned a black superhero suit and became Batkid for a day as throngs of well-wishers lined San Francisco streets to support him. It was a spectacular Make-A-Wish achievement featuring real-life superheroes and an outpouring of global love.… Read more

Bill Gates plays Secret Santa to Reddit user

Bill Gates as Santa Claus? That's the role he played to one girl on Reddit.

Excited and shocked when she learned the source behind her generous gift giving, Redditor Rachel detailed the exchange in a Redditgifts post Wednesday night. Served up by the folks at Reddit, Redditgifts is an online gift exchange where people become Secret Santas by exchanging presents with friends and strangers around the world.… Read more

Buckle up -- the year's best meteor shower peaks on Friday

It's time to break out the blankets and troop outside of city lights -- the annual Geminid meteor shower will arrive toward the end of this week and promises to be a spectacular show.

Geminid meteor showers are the most vivid of all showers -- full of fireballs and between 100 to 120 meteors per hour. They're also viewable from any point on Earth. So, remember the Perseids shower in August? This one could be even better.

Most astronomers believe that the Geminid light show originates from the remnants and dust of a rocky object known as 3200 … Read more