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Bill Gates expands photo empire

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| Bill Gates has acquired a 5.2 percent stake in Eastman Kodak, according to a 
| regulatory filing today. The Microsoft chairman owns the shares through his 
| Cascade Investment LLC investment arm and the Bill & Melinda Gates 
| Foundation.   



Bill Gates Reduces Gamco Investors Stake

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| Gates' private investment vehicle, Cascade Investment LLC, reported owning 
| 845,562 shares of the Rye, N.Y.-based investment management company. 


Bill Gates cuts stake in Gabelli's Gamco


And so it continues…

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| Not surprisingly people are already trying to work out where the money leads 
| to. Groklaw reckons its found a link to Bill Gates via Prince Al-Waleed bin 
| Talal Al Saud. Dana Blankenhorn isn’t convinced.  


SCO goes private, gets $100M to keep going, McBride out?

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| According to the same release, Stephen Norris, managing partner for SNCP, 
| claims that SNCP has a business plan for SCO "that will enable the company to 
| see SCO's legal claims through to their full conclusion."  


Quick Take: An Insane Investment in SCO

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| Assuming that the legal system hasn't gone entirely bonkers yet, the 
| investment also sets Red Hat  (NYSE: RHT) up to follow its lawsuit against 
| SCO to its logical conclusion, after the IBM suit fizzles out. If I were Red 
| Hat, I'd send Stephen Norris a thank-you note. Seriously, guys -- what were 
| you thinking?    


In His Own Words: McBride

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| Suddenly, all the "fat lady" and "it ain't over till it's over" metaphors 
| were trotted out. SCO isn't dead yet, look out Linux fans! 
| With all due respect to my colleagues in the press: puh-leeze.
| First off, most people with a modicum of sense knew the litigation wasn't 
| over. With bankruptcy proceedings and the SCO v. everybody cases... there was 
| very little chance that this was all going to fade away into the abyss. At 
| most, all of these legal proceedings will enough new cash to keep things 
| going faster--provided the court approves the restucturing plan. Which, as 
| far as I know, the court hasn't approved yet. The York Group reorganization 
| proposal was nixed, you may recall.       


Is Acacia link with Microsoft just smoke?

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| Is all this smoke just coincidence? It may well be. But the smoke gets 
| thicker by the day.  



Did Microsoft ruin SCO?

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| Which comes to the scenario in mind. Gates approaches McBride and puts forth 
| a proposition that SCO should try and make money out of Linux. He offers to 
| bankroll the operation in a backhanded manner and then steps back to watch 
| the action unfold. His reasoning for doing this? To have a test run before he 
| puts Microsoft through the same paces. Either way he wins.     


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| "We've moved past the ideology," said Sutor, in Salt Lake City
| Thursday to attend graduation ceremonies at Neumont University."
| Many people have figured out that there are a number of ways tom
| ake money from the 'open source' model."
| [...]
| The litigation has been characterized as part of a proxy war being
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| waged by Microsoft against Linux, seen as a prime challenger to
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| Windows. Microsoft has been a prime funding source for SCO, but
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| earlier this month stunned open-sourcers by announcing a development
| pact for Novell's Suse-brand of Linux.


Bill Gates fund reports 12.8 pct PlanetOut stake

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| Bill Gates' investment fund Cascade Investment LLC reported in a regulatory 
| filing on Friday that its holds a 12.8 percent stake in the common stock of 
| online media company PlanetOut Inc.   

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