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GATES PUTS COMPUTERS IN THE HANDS OF HAVE-NOTS

After lecturing at Harvard University about the perils of a world divided into computer haves and have-nots, Bill Gates did something to help close the gap.

Citing the link between jobs and computer literacy, Microsoft's founder donated $100,000 to a program that gets computers to inner-city youngsters."We want to have equal access, and it's a tough problem," Gates said Wednesday at The Computer Museum. "It's going to take a lot of companies, it's going to take local governments - even the federal government - all sorts of partners working together to make this happen."

The gift will help expand the Computer Clubhouse, an after-school program run at the museum, to community centers in two Boston neighborhoods.

Gates earlier spoke at Harvard, where he was a student before he dropped out to start Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975. The software maker now is a $6 billion company.