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Inside the marriage of Bill and Melinda Gates, who met at work, live in a $124 million home, and will leave their children only a small fraction of their $98.1 billion fortune

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, married Melinda French in 1994. They met at Microsoft when Melinda was brought on a product manager. She initially turned down Bill's request for a date at a company picnic. Today, they run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has an endowment of $40.3 billion.

Melinda French was less than impressed when her boss asked her out on a date.

It was 1987, and the recent Duke graduate had just joined Microsoft as a product manager. CEO Bill Gates approached her at a company picnic and asked if she'd be interested in grabbing dinner in two weeks. She responded, "That's not spontaneous enough for me,"


The amazing story of how the Airbus A320 family became the Boeing 737's greatest enemy (EADSY)

The Airbus A320 is the second best selling airliner of all time behind the Boeing 737. Through the end of August, Airbus has sold 14,281 aircraft belonging to the A320-family compared to 14,956 orders for the Boeing 737.  Over the years, Airbus has expanded the A320 into a family of jets including the stretched A321 as well as the smaller A319 and A318. The A320 family is also known for its innovative use of fly-by-wire control systems as well as a pioneering of cockpit commonality. 

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Apple's biggest phone is less likely to break when dropped than the smaller iPhone XS (AAPL, GLW, ALL)

Apple's phones are beautiful but have fragile designs full of glass. SquareTrade, a device insurer, has performed so-called "drop tests" on the two new iPhone XS devices. The glass on both devices broke when dropped from six feet.  But the test found that the iPhone XS Max, with a bigger screen, was only a "medium risk" to break, as compared to the smaller iPhone XS, which was scored as a "high risk" to break. 

Did you spend over $1000 on a new iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max this weekend?

You might want to be careful, because despite Apple saying they use the "most durable glass ever in a smartphone," the new iPhones tend to break when dropped, according to new drop tests by SquareTrade, a device insurer. 

The new iPhones, like last year's models, have a glass design — there's glass on the front, and a glass shell on the back to enable wireless charging. The glass is made by Corning, which Apple has invested in. 


The 25 best-paying small companies, according to their employees

Job-hunting site Comparably, which allows employees to anonymously review and rate their employers, has sifted through its 5 million+ employee reviews to create its annual list of the best paying small companies.

Comparably currently tracks about 10,000 companies, it says.

In order to qualify for this list, Comparably limited the list to companies that had fewer than 500 employees and had at least 15 ratings from employees between September 12, 2017 and September 12, 2018. Please note that the pay data listed below came from information that employees reported to Comparably themselves. And it centered mostly on salaried roles in engineering, product, marketing, design, sales and finance, as opposed to hourly-wage type roles.

In order to rank these companies, Comparably considered both pay and at how satisfied employees said they were with their pay.


There are two important purchases you should make if you buy Apple's new iPhone XS or XS Max (AAPL)

Apple's latest iPhones, the iPhone XS and XS Max, are on sale now. But if you choose to buy either of these new phones, there are two extra purchases you should also make: AppleCare+, and a phone case. If you don't purchase AppleCare+, and you break the front or back of your phone, you'll be stuck with exorbitant repair costs, which can cost more than a case and Apple's insurance combined.

Apple's all-glass iPhone designs are beautiful, but they can be very expensive to repair if you don't have AppleCare+.

Any new iPhone you buy, whether it's the new iPhone XS Max or the 2-year-old iPhone 7, comes with AppleCare, which includes complimentary phone support from Apple for the first 90 days, and a one-year limited warranty — but specifically against defects.


'Night School' wins a competitive weekend at the box office

The Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish comedy "Night School" wins the weekend box office with $28 million. The Warner Bros. animated movie "Smallfoot" took in a respectable $23 million.

 

It was a close race for the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend, as Universal's "Night School" finished the weekend below industry projections and Warner Bros' "Smallfoot" kept a steady pace.

But when the smoke cleared, "Night School" was the winner, raking in an estimated $28 million.

The latest comedy from the director of "Girls Trip," Malcolm D. Lee, the equalizer for "Night School" was that it has Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart as its stars, two of the most popular actors working today.


Some of the last interviews Instagram founder Kevin Systrom gave before leaving Facebook might hint at what his concerns were

In a September 5th interview with Reid Hoffman on the Masters of Scale podcast, Instagram cofounder and then CEO Kevin Systrom spoke about his vision for the company — and it might have hinted at the reasons behind his recent departure. Facebook's recent handling of Instagram is rumored to have been a headache for Systrom and fellow Instagram cofounder Mike Krieger. In a few interviews before his announcement, Systrom discussed how the initial relationship with Facebook was mutually beneficial, and crucial for Instagram's growth.  The pair didn't provide a reason for quitting, however, and have yet to give an interview since the announcement.

On Monday, Instagram cofounders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger made the unexpected announcement that they would be leaving the company in the the coming weeks.

They didn't provide a reason for quitting, but in the last interviews he gave before


A French family just became the first to permanently live in a 3D-printed home — take a look

Engineers and manufacturers have been working to automate the homebuilding process for years, and some startups have already released prototypes of their designs. Until this year, however, nobody has lived in any of these prototypes.

This summer, a five-person family in France became the first to permanently live in a 3D-printed home. The 1,022-square-foot home, part of the "Yhnova" project, is located in Nantes. 

Below, take a look at the building's construction process and photos of other startups' designs for 3D-printed homes.

Yhnova was printed in 54 hours, and contractors spent the next four months adding windows, doors, and the roof.

The home was developed by University of Nantes researchers. 


A former Googler is bringing a successful British startup builder to New York

Blenheim Chalcot is opening an office in New York, it's first in the US. The company is a "venture builder" — it seeds and then supports startups in everything from fintech to education and media. The business has 20 companies and thinks it can have an edge in fintech, where it says London is a leader globally.

LONDON — A successful British "venture-builder" business is expanding to New York, hoping to show off Britain's expertise in financial technology in America.

Blenheim Chalcot, which was founded 20 years ago in London, is opening its first US office in New York. The office will act as a "beachhead" for Blenheim Chalcot-backed businesses looking to expand to the states.


One of Tesla's biggest bulls thinks Al Gore would be a good pick to replace Elon Musk as chairman

Gene Munster, one of Tesla's biggest bulls, thinks Al Gore could be a good pick for chairman. It follows Elon Musk's settlement with the SEC, which includes an agreement to step down as Tesla chairman within 45 days. Gore has climate change credentials and has sat on Apple's board since 2003.

Al Gore could be a good pick for Tesla chairman, as Elon Musk prepares to step down following his settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the weekend.

That's according to Gene Munster, a managing partner at the venture capital firm Loup Ventures and prominent Tesla bull, who is already talking up replacements for Musk with his seat on the board not-yet cold.