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Paul Allen's Massive Space Project Is 76% Done

Microsoft co-founder is building the world's biggest plane

(Newser) - Paul Allen, billionaire earthling and co-founder of Microsoft, has long been obsessed with space, and his pet project Stratolaunch Systems is beginning to bear fruit. The Washington Post reports that Stratolaunch, shaping up to be the world's largest airplane, is now 76% assembled—no small accomplishment given the sheer... More »

Paul Allen Fixing Coral Reef His Yacht Likely Wrecked

Microsoft co-founder not accepting blame yet, but restoration starts in Caymans

(Newser) - Paul Allen isn't accepting all of the blame yet for annihilating a huge section of coral reef in the Cayman Islands, but his company is now trying to help put the reef back together, Page Six reports. Tatoosh, the Microsoft co-founder's 300-foot mega-yacht, is said to have dragged... More »

Paul Allen's Mega-Yacht Blamed for Destroying Coral Reef

It reportedly dragged its anchor through a Cayman Islands marine reserve

(Newser) - An American mega-yacht is being blamed for destroying 80% of the protected coral within a 13,000-square-foot area of a Cayman Islands marine reserve, the Cayman Compass reports. The 303-foot yacht named Tatoosh belongs to billionaire Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail... More »

Microsoft Co-Founder Finds Sunken WWII 'Marvel'

The Musashi was the Japanese navy's largest warship

(Newser) - The wreckage of Japan's biggest World War II warship has been discovered more than a half-mile underwater in the Sibuyan Sea, and credit for the find goes to a Microsoft co-founder, AFP reports. Paul Allen tweeted photos on Monday of the Musashi , sunk by US warplanes in 1944. Allen... More »

Paul Allen Gives $100M for Ebola

Microsoft co-founder also creates website for smaller donors

(Newser) - The fight against Ebola is getting another hefty donation from a US billionaire: This time it's Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who today pledged $100 million, reports the Seattle Times . Allen also created a website called TackleEbola through which people can donate to specific projects, from hand-washing stations in West... More »

Gun Control Fight's New Big Dogs: Bill, Melinda Gates

They back Washington state bill

(Newser) - After helping to save a million kids' lives through their anti-malaria efforts in Africa, as the Daily Beast notes, Bill and Melinda Gates are turning their eyes—and wallets—to an issue closer to home. The two are donating $500,000 each to support a Washington state ballot initiative calling... More »

Man Steals Identity of ... One of World's Richest Men

It just seems obvious that this was going to end really badly

(Newser) - Ways to land in trouble:
  1. Go AWOL.
  2. Fund your AWOL lifestyle via identity theft.
  3. Snatch the identity of one of the world's richest men.
So goes the case against Brandon Lee Price, who now faces bank fraud charges for allegedly swiping the identity of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, reports... More »

World's Biggest Plane to Rocket People into Space

Paul Allen project might be ready for tests in 2016

(Newser) - The world's biggest plane, with wings longer than a football field, is being built to launch astronauts and cargo into outer space. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aerospace innovator Burt Rutan have teamed up to create the gargantuan aircraft, which will work by hauling a rocket high into the... More »

Scientists Unveil 'Brain Atlas'

Allen Institute maps gene activity in body's most complex organ

(Newser) - Researchers probing the staggering complexities of the human brain now have a map to help them find their way around. Scientists have unveiled a computerized "atlas of the brain," which combines several imaging techniques to map features including nerve structure and gene activity. The project, funded by Microsoft... More »

Microsoft Wars: Paul Allen Trashes Gates in New Book

Says Gates plotted to take his shares while Allen battled cancer

(Newser) - There's no love lost between Paul Allen and Bill Gates—at least, it seems that way in Allen's new memoir. Idea Man: A Memoir by the Co-founder of Microsoft is scheduled to hit shelves April 17, and its pages contain a biting portrait of Gates, reports the Wall Street Journal... More »

Paul Allen Re-Sues Apple, Google, Facebook

Microsoft co-founder refiles suit after judge's dismissal

(Newser) - Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has re-filed his mammoth patent lawsuit targeting a host of major web companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, Netflix, eBay, Aol, and Yahoo. Allen’s original lawsuit, filed in August, was dismissed because it was too vague, failing to name specific products or services. The refiling, which... More »

Microsoft Co-Founder Sues Tech Industry

Paul Allen targets Apple, Google, Yahoo

(Newser) - Paul Allen’s licensing company is suing a who’s who of the biggest forces in tech—including Apple, Google, eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Yahoo, and Aol—over a handful of patents filed by a now-defunct startup he funded during the Internet bubble. The four patents in question seem to encompass... More »

Paul Allen Will Give Away Billions

Microsoft co-founder commits most of his fortune to philanthropy

(Newser) - Looks as though Bill Gates' billionaire challenge is paying off: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has pledged to give away most of his $13 billion fortune. He made the vow public a month after Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett urged the world's richest to give away at least half... More »

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Battling Cancer

Billionaire, 56, given diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

(Newser) - Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been given a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the immune and lymphatic systems. Allen, the 56-year-old billionaire entrepreneur who owns the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, overcame Hodgkin's disease in the 1980s—a victory his sister... More »

Reflective Gates Waxes Nostalgic

On eve of retirement, he narrates slideshow for Fortune on history of Microsoft

(Newser) - Pictures of Bill Gates the child in a football uniform and alongside Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in their high school computer room are among 15 shots in an exclusive Fortune photo essay. Gates himself narrates the slideshow chronicling Microsoft’s roots, through its founding and 1986 IPO. Other shots show... More »

Brangelina Hole Up in France

Couple, with kids and entourage, staying at Microsoft co-founder's sea-view villa

(Newser) - Brad Pitt and pregnant Angelina Jolie have decamped to the French Riviera for “a stay of long duration,” a source reveals to People. The impossibly famous pair—plus kids—is staying in a historic villa overlooking the Mediterranean owned by Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen; they'll remain... More »

Microsoft Pioneer Leaves $65M to Gay Rights Groups

Gates' high school pal leaves a record gift

(Newser) - One of the first five Microsoft employees has left $65 million of his estate to gay rights groups, the Seattle Times reports. Ric Weiland, who helped high school friends Bill Gates and Paul Allen launch Microsoft, committed suicide in 2006 at age 53. His donation is believed to be the... More »

No Real Estate Meltdown Here

Amazon's move will bring another big name to Seattle's booming South Lake Union

(Newser) - For the first time since the company's founding, Amazon's administrative employees will reside in one ZIP code, the New York Times reports. But the planned 2010 move from scattered offices to a single Seattle location will hardly make it the first big name in Paul Allen-directed South Lake Union: The... More »

Paul Allen to Bid in FCC Wireless Airwaves Auction

Airwave auction draws applications from a diverse group from Google to Chevron to AT&T

(Newser) - Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is joining the competition for wireless airwaves being auctioned by the FCC next month. Allen’s firm, Vulcan Spectrum, applied, as have Google, Verizon, AT&T and others, to bid for the 700-megahertz spectrum that goes on the block Jan. 24, reports Reuters. Allen's investment company,... More »

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