World’s Wealthiest Nerd Joins Social Networking Sites – Gets “Friends”
Our top story this Wednesday morning is the news that former Microsoft head-honcho, and founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation*, Bill Gates has joined Twitter and Facebook, Computer World reports. Having signed on Tuesday, Bill Gates has, as of the time of this article, 222,873 followers and 40 people he’s following, including singer Ashley Tisdale and goofball Ashton Kutcher. In response to Kutcher’s welcome message, Gates replied with,
“@aplusk thanks to you and all the other people who have welcomed me. I’ve got a lot to learn about Twitter but look forward to sharing more.”
Number one on his list of things to learn about Twitter? How to take it over and make it part of the Microsoft Network.
*Is it super nerdy of me to find a particular glee in looking these links up on Google?
Apple Crafting Deal with the Devil
Next on our countdown of things Microsoft-related (can I just point out that the company name has always sounded to me like an erectile dysfunction? Too late.), is the Business Week report that the PC giant and Apple are in talks to make Bing the default search engine on the iPhone. With Google having finally released the Nexus One, the stiffest competition so far for the iPhone (despite its shortcomings), it seems that Apple is willing to get in league with the proverbial devil (please don’t sue me) despite that the impending announcement of the Apple Tablet (press release this month, shipping in March) seems, according to Barron’s, to have caused Amazon’s stock to under-perform. When asked for comment, Apple spokespersons only had this to say, “Fuck Google.”
Microsoft Fucks Up, Promises to Fix It
Lastly in this edition of Nerd Blurbs, Microsoft has announced that it intends to patch the problem with Internet Explorer that allowed the Chinese government to attempt to hack the Gmail accounts of human-rights activists, BBC News reports. Despite the fact that Microsoft generally only issues updates at a set time each month, they’re rushing to fix the issue that makes the browser susceptible to trojan horses when pointed to particular sites, due to the fact that the French and German governments have been advising their citizens to use other web browsers. While only IE6 is vulnerable, and the company continues to hock IE8, they are working to fix the previous version of the browser because a) people are lazy, and b) because this shouldn’t have been a problem in the first place. When asked for comment, Microsoft had this to say, “Tā mā de Zhōng Guó,” which translates roughly to “Fuck China.”
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