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Former Microsoft chief finances Harvard computing posts

Steve Ballmer, former chief executive of Microsoft, has made a donation to Harvard University that will enable the university to increase its computer department staff by 50 percent.

Ballmer’s donation will fund 12 faculty positions at Harvard, his alma mater. The exact amount of his donation has not been revealed, but Ballmer told the university’s daily newspaper The Harvard Crimson that $60 million was a “pretty good” estimate.

He also told the paper that he wanted to see Harvard ranked among the top computer science programs in the country, among which he included Carnegie Mellon, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford.

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