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Submission + - Nigeria asks Gates to prove he can pay his way (vnunet.com)

Andy Ruddock writes: Obviously concerned with the vast floods of currency leaving the country to helpful Westerners bank accounts :

The Nigerian government recently questioned whether Microsoft chairman Bill Gates could afford to support himself during a planned visit to the African country.

According to a report on Gizmodo, Nigerian officials required proof that the world's richest man would not reside in Nigeria indefinitely and cause a strain on social services before granting him a visa.

Travel and visa assistance company CIBT helped Gates to overcome the problem by obtaining a letter from his bank vouching for his personal wealth. The Nigerian government then issued Gates with his visa.

Forbes recently announced that Gates has retained his standing at the top of the Rich List with a personal fortune estimated at $59bn.

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft loses anti-trust appeal (bbc.co.uk)

andy.ruddock writes: "The BBC reports that Microsoft has lost it's anti-trust appeal.
The European Court of First Instance has dismissed Microsoft's appeal in its long-running competition dispute with the European Commission.
The court upheld the ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position.
A probe concluded in 2004 that Microsoft was guilty of freezing out rivals in server software and products such as media players."

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