The Seattle Times reports that during a speech in Redmond–which was webcast to teens in Atlanta, New York, and other cities–Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer announced a software grant worth $5 million over three years to the National Urban League, an organization devoted to economic and social empowerment of African Americans. Ballmer was speaking at the 16th annual Minority Student Day, which is sponsored by Blacks at Microsoft, a 600-employee group. During his presentation, Ballmer described efforts of his company, and the tech industry in general, to diversify. During the presentation, students were treated to product demonstrations, attended lab sessions, and listened to a panel of African-American Microsoft employees who work in a variety of fields within the company…

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