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Bill Gates is the world's wealthiest commoner, holding Microsoft stock worth $9.35B. Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway is only worth $9.2B, and John Kluge has $5.9B. The Forbes 400 lists 83 US billionaires, and the 400 together are worth $349B. 35 members are from technology industries. [AP. SJM, 10/3/94, 4A.]

How do you get the Fortune 400 interested in your work? Publish in Forbes. How do you get an article in Forbes? Get a billionaire to invest in your work. When Congress killed the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in 9/93, the director of the SETI Institute "ran out and bought 10 copies of the Forbes 400." NASA agreed to lend the special receivers, then Frank Drake and Bernard Oliver got William Hewlett and David Packard to chip in $1M each. (It required a tough 1-hour meeting.) Packard helped them reach other Silicon Valley millionaires, resulting in $1M pledges from Gordon Moore and Paul Allen. Mitch Kapor and others brought the pot to $7.5M -- enough to get started, but operations still require $3M/year. Send your spare change to Thomas Pierson, Executive Director, The SETI Institute, 2035 Landings Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043; (415) 961-6633, (415) 961-7099 Fax. [Forbes, 10/17/94, p. 49.]

The Foundation Center offers $150 full-day seminars in grant-writing and follow-through for foundation and corporate sources. NY, 10/21; Atlanta, 11/18; SF, 12/2; DC, 12/9. 1-800-424-9836. [James F. Pettus (, GRANTS-L, 10/6/94.]

Over 40 papers will be presented at the 2nd Int. Workshop on Neural Networks in the Capital Markets (NNCM-94), 11/17-18 in Pasadena. $250 for academicians, $125 for students. $50-$150 for tutorials on 11/16/94. Lucinda Acosta (, (818) 395-4843, (818) 568-8437 Fax. [Roger Debreceny (, INFOSYS, 10/1/94. Frank R. Swift.]

Considering a job in Hong Kong? Apartment rents have been skyrocketing, and can easily exceed $10K/month. (Hong Kong dollars or US dollars?) The Royal Cliff area favored by Americans can exceed $25K/month, and a house on Victoria Peak recently sold for $35M. "The wives always cry on the first day out looking at what's available." Subsidized public housing for the poorer half of Hong Kong's residents costs as little as $135/month. Office space is expensive, so a few companies are moving operations elsewhere. [Charles P. Wallace, LA Times. SJM, 10/2/94, 1E.]

The 2nd-largest software-producing area after Silicon Valley is Bangalore. Motorola recently moved its Iridium project's software production to India. [Telecommunications Policy Review, 9/25/94, p. 8. EDUPAGE.]

Oregon has lost 15,000 lumbering jobs -- due partly to the spotted owl -- but has gained 20K high-tech jobs. Much of the state now has full employment (i.e., less than 5% unemployment). [NYT. SJM, 10/11/94, 1C.] (If you spend 2% of your working life job-hunting, that's 1 month every 4 years. Too bad there's no guarantee.)

Communication Intelligence Corp. has begun Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. CIC, a signature-verification spin-off of SRI International, developed the Mac Handwriter tablet and software for English and Japanese. [Morph's Outpost, 9/94, p. 3. Bill Park.] (See CIC's job posting, below.)

Sun has a new 64-bit UltraSparc processor chip, said to be cheaper and at least twice as fast as a Pentium. It supports video, 3-D graphics, multiprocessing, and linking of multiple chips. [Dean Takahashi, SJM, 9/20/94, 3E.]

Apple has lost an appeals bid for reconsideration of its look-and-feel lawsuit against Microsoft and HP. [SJM, 9/20/94, 3E.] (Time to get back to business, Apple. Maybe if you had just asked Bill Gates nicely for $1B he would have given it to you.)

Carl Sagan's suit against Apple has been dismissed. Sagan had objected to an internal project named "Carl Sagan." A judge has now ruled that the new name of "Butt-Head Astronomer" is too undefined to seriously attack his professional expertise. [SJM, 10/11/94, 4A.]