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Gates Foundation


Austin Langley, United States



I recently sent in a letter in response to Bill Gates annual newsletter asking for ideas that could change the world. He responded with the following email and featured a quote from me.


"Last month, as I was working on my annual letter about some of the big challenges affecting the world’s poorest people, I invited students to send me letters about the issues they’re most passionate about.

More than 1,500 of you did, and I was really impressed with the thoughtfulness of the responses. I received letters from students in more than 20 countries. Although we can’t publish them all, I’ve posted excerpts from about two dozen letters online.

One of my favorites was from Laman Dinh, who was born in Vietnam and now attends college in the U.S. “As a poor child in rural Vietnam, my parents’ choice was whether to send one of their sick children to the hospital in the city for treatment or keep the money to feed the rest of us for the year,” Laman wrote.

That is a choice that no parent should ever have to make, and it’s one of the reasons I’m so focused on agricultural development. In a speech I’m giving today to agricultural leaders in Rome, I talk about the need to revitalize the world’s agriculture and food system. It’s the single most important thing we can do to reduce hunger and poverty. I also want to invite you to read my blog about small farmers.

I share some of the amazing innovations that have the potential to help small farmers increase their yields and break the cycle of extreme poverty. In one instance, scientists are using recent discoveries to make cassava plants – a staple crop that feeds 500 million people in the world – more nutritious and provide more food.  In India, a group of women farmers created videos that show other farmers better ways to grow crops.

The reason I write my annual letter and give speeches like the one in Rome is to get people talking about topics that really need the world’s attention. Your letters reinforced my belief that it’s important to include young people in these conversations. That’s why I decided to keep you up to date on agricultural development—an issue that I really care about.

If you have ideas that you’d like to share about agriculture or other global issues, I’d like to hear from you again. You can write to me at annualletter@gatesfoundation.org.

Bill"


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The Big Online Brands and What They Are Good At

When we want answers to our questions, we go to Google.  In doing such searches, I have found that certain questions get answered by different websites.  Anyone in the world can find use in these sites.  These online brands can move up in certain categories and have different use for people accordingly. To illustrate this, here are the big online brands and what they are good at:

Google - Search
Google is good for searching anything: products, images, video, documents, maps, etc.  We are all familiar with ways to use it.  It's easy.  Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universallyl accessible and useful.  It takes how many times pages have been viewed and linked it's reliable and then takes those pages and information and presents it to you in a simple fashion.

I recently decided to ditch the hardware and get a Google Chromebook.  Everything I do now is on the Internet - you could say I'm "living in the cloud."  I also use a Google-powered phone so everything I do on my Chromebook, phone, and tablet is all in the same place and accessible from anything with an internet connection.  Google is building customer loyalty through providing everything you need in one place.  It always ensures that its products are easy to use - demonstrating this with the recent use of a indoor maps and Google's driverless cars.  Google is able to get you anywhere, anytime, with ease. 

Google's latest moves, Google Play and Google Wallet, are aimed at turning users into customers.  A bold move with bold intentions - to turn users into customers and provide all the services Apple does.  Play provides music, TV shows and movies, apps, and more, like the iTunes store.  Wallet makes anything payable through your Google - any product sold online, products bought in-store, and everything in Play.  It will replace credit cards, cash, and the hassle of typing in your payment information online.

Amazon - Products, Reading
You can buy almost any legitimate product on Amazon.  Amazon has built an environment of trust among buyers and sellers.  The products on Amazon, which can be uploaded by businesses or individuals, include everything from stove tops to MP3s.

Amazon is turning its online business to other mediums with it's addition to the tablet market with Kindle.  The Kindle Fire is perfect for reading news, books, and magazines in a easy fashion and holds its values true to its massive reading community.  Amazon is building more loyalty with its new Amazon Prime service, which provides members with free two-day shipping, have instant access to millions of streaming movies and TV shows, and instant access to thousands of Kindle books.

Wikipedia - Information
You can search virtually any proper noun, word, or idea and find information about it on Wikipedia.  Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia whose content is uploaded by anyone on almost any subject matter.  It mission statement, "Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.  That's our commitment," says it all.  It strongly supports the freedom of information and transparency.  Wikipedia is the new textbook.  For instance, the other day I was watching a Vietnam War movie and wanted to know more about the Vietnam War.  I searched it, found it on Wikipedia, and got a brief overview of the entire Vietnam War in about 6 minutes.

The controversial Wikipedia knock-off, Wikileaks, releases leaked documents to take transparency to the next level.  Wikileaks has caused numerous democratic uprises worldwide and shifted the power-paradigm.

Yahoo - Answers
Every you type a question into a search engine, there is chance it's already been asked on Yahoo Answers.  Yahoo Answers is a public forum where someone posts a question and then others answer it and rate the answers - it's reliable.  Yahoo offers several other products that are useful and reliable, notably: Financenews, trends, and images.  Yahoo should focus on these strong suits and attract users by building loyalty to these resources.  Due to it's inability to pick a mission statement, I think Yahoo is struggling to find what it is good at and what it will be good at in the future.

Facebook - People, Sharing
We all like what our friends like and everyone has a Facebook account.  Facebook has put these together an d provides the world's largest network of people, what they like, and what they care about.  People semi-publicly share pictures, videos, links, and ideas with their friends.  It's a vast network for finding general information about people and what they look like.  We go to Facebook to find out more about people and see what our friends are up to.  Facebook is monetizing all of these interests, pages, and events to allow promotion of these to be spread word-of-mouth (via Facebook).

Twitter - Trends, Microblogging
When we are bored, we go to Twitter.  It's a place of humor, trends, and people/brands that spread information.  This spread of information comes through retweets and replies which spread clout and hype for whatever is hot right now.  The secret to Twitter is that everything said must be in a short and concise 140-character microblog - instant information about important things.  Even the secret killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy Seals couldn't stay off Twitter.