“When U2’s lead singer came to Seattle over the weekend for a concert, there was only one logical place to stay — the home of Bill Gates, who shares Bono’s passion for Third World development and relief efforts,” Reuters reports. “‘I was one of 20,000 screaming fans,’ Microsoft Corp.’s co-founder Gates told Reuters. Gates, the world’s richest man, said he got to know Bono through his work with his philanthropy.”
“Bono is a vocal advocate of Third World debt relief and Gates’ foundation has given out more than $4 billion for global health since its inception to fight diseases such as AIDS and malaria,” Reuters reports. “Asked if their friendship would entice him to buy one of Microsoft rival Apple Computer Inc.’s black-and-red U2 edition iPods, Gates said: ‘Absolutely not.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: One can have all the money in the world, give away lots of it, and still be a vindictive, pig-headed, sore loser. It’s comforting in a way. Joe Schmo’s got an iPod, his wife’s got an iPod mini, his kids both have iPod shuffles, and next week he’s buying a Mac mini for the family. But, Bill Gates, world’s richest man, is forced by his own ego to use some also-ran music player, a third-rate WMA-plying music service, and an OS that’s clearly an upside down, backwards, failed attempt at an Apple Mac knock off. Sure, he can afford to have the finest homes and the best cars, but in his very own field, technology, where he made his life, he must settle for second and third-rate hardware and software. Bill Gates is stuck using a Dell running Windows XP and listening to Napster To Go on an iRiver. There is a God.