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Paul Allen gets into Twitter spat with sports columnist

Twitter is such an equalizing force. How else can the billionaire owner of a struggling NBA franchise make his feelings known about the sports columnist for the local newspaper? That’s the situation right now between Paul Allen, the Portland Trailblazers owner (and Microsoft co-founder), and Oregonian sports columnist John Canzano. Following a column this week… Read More

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen victim of identity theft

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has become the subject of identity theft, with a an AWOL U.S. soldier in Pittsburgh charged with changing the address on a Seattle bank account owned by Allen and attempting to redirect funds to a personal account. Brandon Lee Price allegedly changed the address on a Citibank account owned by Allen… Read More

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Paul Allen narrates as James Cameron navigates to the depths of the ocean floor

I never took Paul Allen — the billionaire software tycoon — for a citizen journalist. But that’s what the Microsoft co-founder essentially became today as Allen shared a series of Tweets chronicling the deep sea dive of James Cameron. If you missed the action, the director of Avatar and Titanic today successfully completed a seven-mile solo descent to… Read More

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donates $300M to help solve the mysteries of the human brain

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is doubling down on his efforts to better understand the human brain, announcing plans today to donate $300 million to the Allen Insitute of Brain Science. That brings total fundraising in the 9-year-old non-profit scientific organization to $500 million, one of the largest philanthropic commitments ever to fund neuroscience. In a… Read More

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Evri apologizes after iPad app crashes for first-time users

There’s certainly no shortage of competition when it comes to creating news reader applications for the iPad, from Flipboard to Pulse to Zite. That’s why execution for any would-be entrants needs to be near flawless. But Seattle startup Evri, which released a new version of its news reader app earlier this month for the iPad, hit… Read More

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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