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30 years ago, Bill Gates was checking out Nokia’s latest desktop computers

Ah, the circle of life. Thirty years ago, Bill Gates visited Nokia to check out its latest MikroMikko personal computer — competition to IBM’s own line of (Microsoft-powered) PCs in the ‘80s. No one could have guessed back then that IBM would bow out of the PC hardware market and that Microsoft would buy Nokia itself decades later. There is one thing we should have seen coming, however: those large-frame glasses were always destined to fall out of style.

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Frank Underwood tries to fool Hillary with his best Bill Clinton impression

Kevin Spacey isn’t content with just acting like a president on TV — he thinks he can impersonate Bill Clinton himself. In a new video to celebrate the former President’s 68th birthday, Spacey (in character as House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood) tries to pull the wool over Hillary Clinton’s eyes during a prank call. Spacey tries to do some snooping and figure out what Hillary’s getting her husband, but sadly it’s to no avail. Instead, the former Secretary of State provides her typical response of late: “This is a very personal decision I will make when I’m ready.” There are plenty of other winks and nods in the video — give it a watch to check out Spacey’s best Clinton impression.

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Buttercup Bill at the Marfa Film Festival: The wild, psychosexual drama premieres at the prestigious arts hub

Buttercup Bill at the Marfa Film Festival


There’s something near-impossible about attempting surrealist, David Lynch-like energy in a film—and then still being taken seriously. And yet, “Buttercup Bill” lands that mood, successfully. From the magnificent writing and beyond; it’s an aggressive, at times…

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Bill Gates’ behind-the-scenes work to make sweeping education reforms a reality

Over the past few years, lawmakers have quickly enacted major, sweeping education reforms, and they’ve done it largely under the radar. The US’ new education standards for kindergarten through 12th grade, known as the Common Core, were instituted across the majority of states with little pushback despite the strongly divided opinions of educators and leaders. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation was instrumental in making the reforms a reality — the foundation stepped outside its normal operating arenas and funneled money to gain broad support for the reforms. In as little as two years, schools across the country implemented the standards in one of the most incredible lawmaking stories in recent memory. The Washington Post has the full…

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Tesla could resume sales in New Jersey with new zero emissions bill

A new bill that passed New Jersey state assembly today could allow Tesla to resume sales there, just two months after a statewide ban went into effect. The state Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee today approved A3216, a bill that lets companies sell their zero-emission cars directly to consumers with certain strings attached. Those include limiting the number of dealerships to four, as well as offering one or more service facilities to make repairs, reports The Star-Ledger.

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Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film: A personal portrait of the celebrated musician as he toured across the US

Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film


Each track Bill Callahan crafted during his (thus far) 24-year career posses unfathomable depths of beauty and thought. There’s an ever-intimate progression within the singer/songwriter’s lyrics—moving, melodic and masterful—which all the while keeps his message…

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Steve Martin and Carl Sagan inspired Bill Nye’s ‘Science Guy’ character

Few scientists have captured the imagination of children like Bill Nye. In a new short for NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers, Nye discusses the comedic and scientific inspirations behind his popular 90s PBS Kids show Bill Nye the Science Guy. After winning a Steve Martin lookalike contest in Seattle, Nye went on to write comedy. While working both as an engineer and a stand-up comic, Nye developed the character for his show. Like other prominent scientists, Nye received inspiration from Carl Sagan, who told him to “focus on pure science” for his young audience. “After you get laughs on stage it’s addicting,” Nye says. “If you want to entertain a kid of any age, you make it funny.”

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Link About It: This Week’s Picks : First kisses, net neutrality, Bill Cunningham and more in our weekly look at the web

Link About It: This Week's Picks


1. Disarming Design From Palestine In conflict-ridden Palestine, the rich history of craftsmanship and design is sometimes overlooked. Newly minted cooperative Disarming Design From Palestine showcases the region’s unique wares and design talent, including olive wood…

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Bill Gates is yet again the richest person in the world, according to Forbes

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has reclaimed the title of world’s richest person in Forbes’ latest ranking of billionaires. The finance publication puts Gates’ net worth at $ 76 billion and says Microsoft stock has helped him unseat Mexico’s Carlos Slim, who held the top slot for four consecutive years. But Slim’s reign was the exception, not the rule: Forbes has listed Bill Gates as the world’s richest man for 15 of the past 20 years. And while his stake in Microsoft makes up less than a third of his total fortune (Forbes says Steve Ballmer may soon pass Gates as the company’s largest individual shareholder), the stock has shot upward on Wall Street over the past year and tacked several billion onto Gates’ net worth.

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ListenUp: Tinariwen stateside, Phantogram’s Bill Murray, a tribute to J Dilla and more in the music we tweeted this week

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Tinariwen: Emmaar Malian band Tinariwen are famous in their own Saharan country as much for their rocking desert blues as for their role in the ’80s as Tuareg rebel fighters for Gadaffi. Despite their critically acclaimed musical talent, it would be hard to…

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