Gates Loses Face

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BRUSSELS: Much better than "flaming": Bill Gates, emperor of the information age, was laid low in Brussels today with a low-tech social leveler: a cream pie full in the face as Gates entered an ornate hall in Brussels for meetings with Belgian computer industry and government leaders. The clearly peeved Gates was quickly hustled to a side room for cleanup, but emerged no happier. "We regret the incident (but) will not press charges," said a spokesman for Microsoft's Belgian office.

The pie-thrower was rumored to be a Belgian prankster named Noel Godin who once got filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard in similar fashion. No word yet on whether Godin uses a Mac.