Feb 27, 2017

Bill Gates credits Xerox, not Apple, for Windows

Asked to weigh in on the longtime debate over whether Microsoft copied Apple, Bill Gates said Monday that both companies really cribbed off industry pioneer Xerox, which developed the graphical interface.

"The main 'copying' that went on relative to Steve and me is that we both benefited from the work that Xerox Parc did in creating (the) graphical interface - it wasn't just them but they did the best work," Gates said during an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit. "We didn't violate any IP rights Xerox had but their work showed the way that led to the Mac and Windows."

Steve Jobs famously finagled a tour of Xerox's fabled PARC research labs where he saw the company's work on the mouse and graphical user interface.

The AMA session is still going on and there's lots of other good stuff, including how Gates sometimes wears a hat to disguise himself, as well as his advice on parenting and artificial intelligence.

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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