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   Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates met with former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason in Seattle recently and wrote about the encounter on his blog "Gates Notes" last week. Gleason, who lives with ALS and is mostly paralyzed, uses his eyes to control a tablet computer. Gates mentioned that the computer and eye-tracking setup costs about $14,000, and that Gleason's Team Gleason charity buys them for ALS patients. ...

   The Louisiana Republican Party has become the country's first statewide GOP group to accept donations via Bitcoin, the virtual currency. According to a list kept by the website, only two Louisiana political candidates accept Bitcoin donations, and they're both Libertarians: Brannon McMorris, who is running for U.S. Senate, and Randall Lord, who is running for the 4th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Lord, in fact, only takes Bitcoin donations, spurning cash.

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