Today in Tech: A rare look at Bill Gates

June 13, 2011, 2:27 PM UTC

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“Legacy is a stupid thing! I don’t want a legacy. … I like what I’m doing now to my old job. I worked with a lot of smart people; some things went well, some didn’t go so well. But when you see how what we did ended up empowering people, it’s a very cool thing.” — Bill Gates (The Daily Mail)


Bill Gates gave a rare and revealing interview to The Daily Mail chatting about how the three Gates kids will only receive a “miniscule portion” of dad’s wealth and why the next big thing in tech is speech and voice recognition. (The Daily Mail)

* How Steve Jobs’s Pixar experience helped lead to Apple’s iCloud service. (CNN)

* Is Facebook growth slowing down? That’s what some of the newest user numbers indicate.  Over the last year or so, Facebook added an average of 20 million new users a month, but last April and May, the social network only gained 13.9 million and 11.8 million users respectively. And in fact, countries like the U.S, Canada and the UK actually lost users, with almost six million stateside active users actually dropping out.  (BetaBeat)

* Why did Apple integrate Twitter into its iOS5 mobile operating system and not Facebook? Joe Wilcox over at Betanews speculates it largely has to do with the two companies’ differing ideologies. “Apple wants to push users’ content to the device, whereas Facebook wants to pull content to the cloud,” he writes. (Betanews)

* Microsoft reportedly has developers horrified about coding for Windows 8. By switching to an OS driven largely by HTML5 and JavaScript, Ars Technica argues software coders have to discard two decades worth of Windows developing knowledge and expertise. (Ars Technica)

* Flipboard founder and CEO Mike McCue on how he and his last startup, the voice recognition-focused TellMe, survived the dotcom bust. (TechCrunch)

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