I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system."As Snopes says, the wording is clumsy and self-serving (along with asking for trouble and guaranteed to follow him around for the rest of his life), but it definitely shows that it was a myth that he said he invented the Internet. This leaves us with only Gates' second quote about spam dying within 2 years of 2004and BT as candidates.This one still shocks you to think about it today - truly a ridiculous claim.
but has, more tellingly, further squeezed other small providers out of the market as Google's share has remained relatively static - in April 2010 the 'big three' were responsible for 93.7% of US searches but last month that had crept up to 95.8%.
Despite many different Google searches and looking up Gates' entry on wikiquote (which I didn't even know existed - good reference point for future), I can't find any reliable source for what he actually said.
I can't be dreaming things though, as the Marketing 2.0 blog suggests that the statement might have been: Which does sound familiar.
However, due to the lack of sources I'm dubious about making this the most ridiculous Internet claim I've ever heard (I would have done otherwise) - can anyone help with some more reliable sources?
The research though did identify a number of other spectactularly stupid things that Gates has said (from wikiquote), of which my favourites are: The last one is remarkable in its naivety (or is it arrogance?
), and refers to the much-touted idea that people would pay to send e-mail in a similar way that a postage stamp paid for snail mail to be delivered.The only way this would have worked would have been through a complete re-architecture of SMTP and the way e-mail works on the Internet - not likely to happen.In fact, that's now a candidate in itself for the most ridiculous Internet claim - and I'd forgotten all about it until a friend mentioned it to me yesterday."During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.Symantec have reported that global spam e-mail levels dropped in October due to successes from authorities and security firms in putting paid to some botnets, although it is inevitable that the amount of unsolicited e-mail will rise again as it always does.The company claims that 'just' 86.61% of all e-mail was spam in October, compared to 89.40% in September.Street View launched as a service in Germany with the country's regulators discovering that Google's filming cars had been collecting payload data from unsecured Wi Fi networks, which created an international scandal that is still dragging on in many law courts around the globe.