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Paul Allen-backed Audience files for $75 million IPO

Audience, an audio software company backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has filed to raise $75 million in an initial public offering. The Mountain View, California company claims to have created the “world’s most intelligent voice processor,” a technology that delivers crystal clear sound in noisy situations. “Our products enable a more consistent voice and… Read More

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Amazon founder and brainiac Jeff Bezos donates $15 million to Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen isn’t the only Seattle billionaire interested in the study of the brain. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos today announced that he’s donating $15 million to the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, creating what will be called the Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, graduated from Princeton with honors. The new… Read More

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Paul Allen calls for ‘open science’ and wider sharing of data

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen makes the case for broader sharing of scientific data — an “open science” model – in a newly published opinion piece (subscription required) in the Wall Street Journal, drawing from the experiences of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. Allen explains that the institute initially considered charging for access to its online… Read More

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Tech Moves: Varolii hires Amdocs exec; Allen Institute promotes Dang; etc.

Varolii, a Seattle company whose communications software is used by banks, airlines and utilities to send alerts to customers, has named Sharath Dorbala to the postion of vice president of product management and strategy. Dorbala — who most recently served as a vice president at Amdocs – will oversee product strategy and the development of new cloud-based… Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: Paul Allen is the ‘Idea Man’

Paul Allen made headlines in 2011 not as much for what he did, but for what he wrote. The Microsoft co-founder’s memoir, “Idea Man,” put Allen in the public eye in large part for his unvarnished account of the Redmond company’s history and of his longtime friend and co-founder, Bill Gates. Allen is one of… Read More

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Paul Allen’s Vulcan leads $14M round in mobile ad company 4INFO

Vulcan Capital has been a bit quiet on the venture capital financing front lately. But that changed today with news that Paul Allen’s investment arm is leading a $14 million round in 4INFO, a seven-year-old mobile advertising company. Mitsui Global Investment and existing investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Gannett, Mezzanine Capital and U.S. Venture Partners also participated… Read More

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Amazon.com, Costco among the most trusted brands

Amazon.com has been taking some hits lately, with at least two congressmen arguing that the company’s new Silk browser for Kindle could violate the privacy of consumers. But that possible setback isn’t having an impact on American shoppers –at least not yet. Amazon.com ranked that the second most trusted company in a new study released… Read More

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Paul Allen buys $25M pad in NYC

Last year, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen forked over more than $25 million for a beautiful oceanfront home in Malibu, California. But maybe the West Coast abode just isn’t good enough for the 58-year-old billionaire bachelor. The New York Observer reports that Allen just purchased a $25 million penthouse on the Upper East Side. A spokesman… Read More

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Mick Jagger’s new music studio: Paul Allen’s megayacht

Where does someone like Mick Jagger go to record a new album when he’s seeking the ultimate in privacy and security? Paul Allen’s yacht, of course! That’s the word from the London Daily Mirror, which reports that the album from the Rolling Stone frontman’s new band, Superheavy, “was recorded under conditions of extreme secrecy in… Read More

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Evri’s new iPad app looks to reinvent the news experience

Applications like Flipboard and Pulse look to transform the way people consume news and information on the iPad. Now, Seattle startup Evri is jumping into the mix with a new iPad app that creates an automated news feed around more than 2.5 million topic areas. For example, say you like the Seattle Seahawks. Evri can… Read More

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Tech Moves: Klustner joins Powerit; Trulia names a chief economist; DocuSign; etc.

Rob Friedman has been named the new director of University of Washington Tacoma’s Institute of Technology. The New Yorker — who arrives at the organization from the New Jersey Institute of Technology — replaces Orlando Baiocchi, reports Patch.com. Friedman says he plans to boost federal funding for the institute, noting that he’ll be “working with faculty to gin up as many… Read More

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Conan O’Brien tests the limits of Bill Gates’ charity … and other quotes of the week

The best insights, observations, comments, tweets and random zingers we heard this week. “Just tried to donate to the @GatesFoundation. Curiously, they refused to accept my ’92 Ford Taurus.” — Conan O’Brien, on Twitter, during a visit to Seattle last week. (Via Linda Thomas) “Thanks for swinging by. … We just finished the new campus… Read More