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Briefly: 17-inch MBPs arrive; Pixar

updated 05:05 pm EDT, Mon May 8, 2006

17-inch MBPs arrive, Pixar

In brief: U.S. customers reportedly began receiving 17-inch MacBook Pro laptops from Apple on Monday, marking the latest round of Intel Mac shipments to reach the hands of users.... Pixar shareholders voted to approve the acquisition of the animation company by Walt Disney last Friday, signaling the completion of Disney's takeover of Pixar.... Microsoft co-founder and current chairman Bill Gates -- who is currently worth an estimated 50 billion -- has said he does not want to be the world's richest man.... Griffin Technology today debuted the PowerDuo charger bundle ($40, shown at right) for iPod, combining the PowerJolt auto charger with the PowerBlock AC charger, a USB Dock Connector cable, and a 48-inch USB Type A to mini-B cable.... The developer of the Thoth newsreader application is apparently considering releasing a new version after two years of inactivity on the project.

by MacNN Staff





  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969



    He doesn't want to be the worlds richest man huh. Well all he'll have to do to ensure that is delay Vista a few more times. Maybe it isn't code bloat and bad programming at the core of their problems. Maybe it's all part of the plan to less successful.

    Hey, it's Microsoft we're talking about. The most absurd answer is probably the most accurate.

  1. Smurfman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Help Americans

    I have an idea of how Gates can reduce his worth and help with American debt.

    Take half his worth ($25 billion), choose 15-20,000 households with mortgages of $250,000 or less randomly (choosing those who register on a "Gates Mortgage Payoff" site), and use half his worth to pay off the mortgages of those chosen.

    It would help him reduce his worth as well as a good number of Americans with debt. Debt is a major issue in this country. Maybe the "Gates Mortgage Payoff" site could allow other individuals/companies join in to add to the pot so more families could benefit (sort of like what the WinXP on OS X site did - one guy start off the pot and others have a few months to add to the pot). It may actually pay off the majority of mortgages between $0 and $250,000 in this country helping low to middle class citizens.

    What do you say Bill? Wanna help America with their debt??

  1. Bru

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gates is on the the next

    From the article... "Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the world's largest philanthropy, with an endowment of $29.1 billion."

    Just my uneducated opinion, but most guys are looking for the next big challenge. I think Gates is pretty much over the whole MS thing and now is focusing more on his philanthropy foundation.

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bill Gates Fortune

    If he wants to "give it away" and leave a legacy that will endure to the distant future, he should fund a private space effort designed, NOT to explore or conduct science and NOT to promote space tourism, but to "exploit" (as in "use to advantage") resources. Our Earth-based energy and material resources are not going to last forever.

    I believe the entire NASA budget is less than $16 billion, and NASA is not the most focused and efficient of organization. One-tenth of that amount per year would jump start the private space effort and keep it going long enough to make it self-sustaining. He'll probably get a Lunar colony named after him.

    [but please don't run those spacecraft on Windows]

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