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Bill Gates leaves some mosquitoes in Long Beach

February 4, 2009 | 11:05 pm

Bill Gates made headlines (lots of headlines with puns) today when he let loose mosquitoes a the Techology Entertainment Design (TED) conference in Long Beach.

The Microsoft founder apparently startled some in the audience, who were quickly reassured he was making a point about the spread of malaria.

"Malaria is spread by mosquitoes," he explained. More from AFP:

"I brought some. Here I'll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected." Gates waited a minute or so before assuring the audience the liberated insects were malaria-free. TED curator Chris Anderson fired back at the legendary computer software maker, joking that the headline for the video of his talk to be posted online at Ted.com would be "Gates releases more bugs into the world."

A sample of the headlines that followed: "Crowd buzzing after Bill Gates mosquito stunt." "Gates releases mosquitoes to bug people about malaria."

--Shelby Grad