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No, the iPad Is Not Killing Microsoft's Business

Investors are buying into the meme that Windows is dying -- and therefore Microsoft is as well. While tablets are clearly cutting into the giant's core PC business, Microsoft is also showing remarkable agility in building new franchises for the future, the Kinect for one.

This May Be the Best Way to Put CEO Pay in Perspective

To wrap your head around how much someone like Larry Ellison makes, try comparing his compensation to the median income of an American household, $49,777. His 2008 take of $543 million is the equivalent the annual earnings of 10,908 average American families.

Bill Gates: Time to Rethink Compensation for U.S. Teachers

Bill Gates delivered a speech Friday criticizing school pay structures, urging the 50 state superintendents of education to end teacher pay increases based on seniority and education level, and restructure the nation's public education budgets based on excellence.

Gates Foundation Gives $50 Million to Smithsonian

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave $50 million for new programs at the Smithsonian Institution. Thirty million dollars of that will go towards programs aimed at underserved students in school districts across the United States, The Associated Press reported.

Microsoft After Ray Ozzie May Be a Little Less Magical

Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect, was the perfect visionary foil to strategy-obsessed CEO Steve Ballmer. His entrepreneurial thinking pushed the stodgy software giant into cloud computing and SaaS, and got it back into the mobile OS race. Can anyone fill his soon-to-be-vacated shoes?

Microsoft CEO Ballmer's Bonus Hurt by Kin Failure

The tech giant's board gave Steve Ballmer high marks for the move into cloud computing and the successful releases of several server and enterprise software products. But his bonus took a hit due to the unsuccessful launch of the Kin handset.

Being the Brand: CEOs as Corporate Icons

Colonel Sanders pulled it off, and so has Steve Jobs. Yet few companies allow one individual to represent their brand. Why not? The risks are large, and, well, few CEOs are actually good at it.

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen to Give Away Most of Fortune

Microsoft (MSFT) co-founder Paul Allen plans to give away most of his $13.5 billion fortune. In a statement, Allen said that his "philanthropic efforts will continue after my lifetime" Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975. He left the company in 1983 and became an investor in a range of industries including media and cable.

Bill Gates Revs Up His Investment in EcoMotors

With the successful IPO of electric-car makers Tesla Motors (TSLA) -- among many other factors -- any company focused on the internal combustion engine would appear to be be far behind the times. Yet, there are savvy investors who still think its imminent demise has been greatly exaggerated.

Really Green Energy: Could Algae Fuel Our Cars?

As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's damaged well, the federal government is pouring a bit more money into alternative energy sources with a grant to groups working on turning algae into a commercially viable fuel.

Daily Blogwatch: Where Exactly Is the Oil Spill?

Some of Monday's top online stories for investors, including detailed maps of the oil spill, a long-term looks at gold prices, and Warren Buffett encourages wealthy Americans to pledge half their money to charity.

Daily Blogwatch: Pitching to a Mini-Madoff

Daily Blogwatch: Among today's top online stories for investors are why Credit Suisse downgraded First Solar, why BP will get off easy, and what Freakonomics has to say about no-fault divorce.

Bill Gates Sr. Opens a Window Into His Son's Stormy Youth

Parents of less-than-perfect offspring, take heart: It turns out, perhaps not surprisingly, that Harvard University drop-out, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates was, at times, a difficult kid, at least according to his father.