The world's richest man, perhaps reflecting on his own success, pronounced himself baffled by what's keeping more students from going into computer science. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was speaking July 18 at the annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in Redmond, Wash. He addressed nearly 400 computer science professors from 175 schools in 20 countries on the software maker's campus.

Even if young people don't know that salaries and job openings in computer science are on the rise, Gates said, they're hooked on so much technology--cell phones, digital music players, instant messaging, internet browsing--that it's puzzling...

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