Interview: Bill Gates Talks About Tech Innovations for Vaccines Ahead of Global Confab

Solve this: One child every 20 seconds dies from a disease that could have been prevented by an existing vaccine.

Address Book App Brewster Now Factors in Location, Fixes “Favorites”

In the battle of the apps to manage your contacts, Brewster says it’s taking it to the next level.

Yext Cleans Up Mess of Business Listings Info

Yext wants to be a one-stop shop for keeping business listings updated across multiple services.

Email: Chamath Palihapitiya Decries Airbnb’s Recent $112M Funding for Founder Control and Cash-Out

Here’s some electric weekend reading for those interested in the push-and-pull between venture investors and start-ups in the frothy Web 2.0 environment.

Blogs, MacBooks and GSM phones

Walt answers readers’ questions on starting a blog, sleeping MacBooks and GSM phones.

Ripples in Microsoft's Cloud as Amitabh Srivastava Leaves

One of the few to carry the title Distinguished Engineer, he’s credited with getting Windows development back on track, then creating its cloud computing platform.

Netflix Gets Social: "Extensive" Facebook Integration Is Coming

Netflix revealed it is in the process of implementing “an extensive Facebook integration” on Wednesday, marking a significant change from its previous absence from the social Web.

Viral Video: Steve Jobs's "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish" Speech (Now, More Than Ever)

It’s definitely an oldie–from a 2005 speech that Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University, after recovering from his first bout with pancreatic cancer–but a truly good one. BoomTown posted it last time there was a hubbub around what and what was not known about his poor health in 2009. It’s more pertinent than ever.

Twitter Responds to WikiLeaks Document Demand by Feds–But Who's Next?

Earlier tonight, it was revealed in numerous news reports that Twitter had been ordered by a U.S. federal judge to turn over documents related to several people involved with WikiLeaks. Here’s what Twitter had to say to BoomTown in response, as well as what CEO Dick Costolo said onstage yesterday at the D@CES event about the importance of the free flow of information.

Gawker Password Mess Spreads to World of Warcraft, and Apparently to Yahoo

The residual effects of the Gawker password kerfuffle continue to spread to other sites. The lesson in all this? Don’t re-use passwords!

The Gawker Hack Ripple Hits LinkedIn

Live from Facebook's Email Messages Launch