Feeds

Gates donation without foundation

PR pipers at the Gates of Dawn

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

How strange that the PR of the Gates' foundations, Trevor Neilson, should now claim that the Gates pere et mere have "no imminent plans to give away the entirety of their wealth". In fact the Sunday Times did not suggest this. It said that some new programmes would be announced within the next three months. It also noted that the plan was to make the donation to the foundations "within their lifetimes". But what's happened behind the scenes to create this panic reaction? Most likely, Bill Gates Sr has been told off for speaking to the Sunday Times without going through Neilson. The new press release, which adds nothing at all, is a way of keeping the story warm for the reasons we suggested yesterday. It's just special pleading for Judge Jackson to treat Microsoft less harshly. Yesterday, Neilson denied the link between Gates' intention to donate most of his wealth to charity and what was called the "monopoly case" in the Sunday Times report. He said "the couple has expressed a desire to return the majority of their wealth back to society". That's one way of putting it. There are however millions of unhealthy users in society who have multiple copies of Windows and who would rather like a refund for the copies they no longer have in use on older hardware. Microsoft effectively prevented them from buying new PCs without Windows preloaded, and then transferring Windows from a PC that was being retired. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.