Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen posed for what would become an iconic photo 32 years ago, the two software pioneers situated side-by-side and surrounded by then-cutting edge PCs. Much has changed in the computing world since that photo was taken way back in 1981, going from IBM 5150 machines running MS-DOS 1.0 to touchscreen Ultrabooks wielding Windows 8, but the men are the same, albeit a lot richer.
In just over three weeks from now, Windows 8 will launch to the public, and thus will begin the court of public opinion. Until then, there are plenty of reviews to digest (including our very own), and one of the newest is from Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft who, like Bill Gates, is no longer directly involved with the Redmond company. Still, it's interesting to read what he has to say about Windows 8, considering all that's at stake.
There are some good deals to be had at dollar stores and other thrift markets, and they're especially useful if you're tight on cash. That's all well and good. But if you're ever successful at scamming a billionaire out of his debit card, why not think bigger? You're probably going to get caught anyway, so you might as well go down in a blaze of glory trying to purchase a 152-inch TV or some other piece of exorbitant merchandise, right? That's an idea that was lost on Brandon Lee Price, the man who allegedly scammed one of the richest men on the planet.
One thing you won't catch Intel doing is dwelling on the past to the point where it paralyzes the Santa Clara chip maker from moving forward. Consider Intel's CULV (Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage) laptops, an experiment that flopped and could have left a permanent bad taste in Intel's mouth. Instead, Intel CEO Paul Otellini calls it a "trial run" for what comes next: Ultrabooks.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen once convinced Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard, and we all know how the rest of that story goes. Allen may have lost some of those persuasive skills over the years, as he was unable to convince U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman to rule in his favor in a patent infringement suit in which Allen pointed the finger at no less than 11 companies, Arstechnica reports.
Through his patent holding company, Allen filed the lawsuit back in August, which included complaints against Apple, Facebook, Ebay, Google, Netflix, Staples, Yahoo, YouTube, and several more. According to Allen, these 11 companies violated four patents having to do with how browsers navigate information and holding a viewer's attention.
"Plaintiff only indicates that Defendants have websites, hardware, and software that infringe on the patents or that they are encouraging third parties to use products that infringe on the patents," Pechman wrote. "This fails to indicate to Defendants which of their myriad products or devices may be at issue."
This probably isn't the end of the road for Allen's lawsuit. While he did lose this round, Pechman gave him until December 28 to file an amended complaint.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed lawsuits against no fewer than nine silicon valley companies over alleged patent infringements. Targets of the suit are Apple, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, eBay, Staples, Yahoo, AOL, and YouTube. Allen is claiming infringement of four patents by the companies. All the intellectual property in question was held by a silicon valley startup Allen ran several years ago. The company is now gone.
All the patents are described as integral to the businesses of these companies. One example is a patent held by Allen for offering suggestions on an ecommerce site based on what a customer is viewing. Facebook had a comment ready saying, "We believe this suit is completely without merit and we will fight it vigorously."
Conspicuously absent from the suit is Microsoft, which Allen is still an investor in. Amazon is also missing; the only connection there is that Amazon is based in Allen's home town of Seattle. Do you think Allen is pursuing a legitimate course of action, or is he acting like a patent troll?
Paul Allen, who along with Bill Gates started a little company called Microsoft, and who has been treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, announced on Thursday that he will be giving away more than half of his estimated $13.5 billion fortune to philanthropy.
"I've planned for many years now that the majority of my estate will be left to philanthropy to continue the work of the foundation and to fund nonprofit scientific research, like the ground breaking work being done at the Allen Institute for Brain Science," Allen said.
According to Forbes magazine, Allen is the 37th richest man in the world. He's already handed out more than $1 billion to various foundations and nonprofit organizations he created in the past two decades.
Allen also joins a growing number of wealthy philanthropists making public commitments to give away their fortunes, partly in response to the urging of Bill Gates and Warren E. Buffet, who last month started a program called The Giving Pledge designed to encourage billionaires to devote half of their fortunes to charity.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was diagnosed earlier this month with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The news was disclosed by his sister, Jody Allen, in an e-mail to employees of Vulcan, Allen’s holding company. The cancer is similar to one Allen suffered from that lead to his retirement from Microsoft in 1983.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer that occurs in the cells of the immune system. Lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, becomes abnormal, and multiply rapidly. Because these abnormal cells don’t die when they should the body is less protected from infection and disease. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can occur at any age. Nearly 66,000 Americans each year are diagnosed with this form of cancer.
Allen, who is 56, is on a bit of an unlucky streak. News of his cancer follows close on the heels of a bout with heart disease, which required a heart-value replacement. Allen is currently undergoing chemotherapy. According to his sister: "Paul is feeling OK and remains upbeat. He continues to work and he has no plans to change his role at Vulcan. His health comes first, though, and we'll be sure that nothing intrudes on that."
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen may not be as popularly synonymous with wealth as is his more illustrious peer Bill Gates, but he has been among the richest people of the world for many years on the trot. Now he has decided to use a modicum of his immense wealth for a fresh business venture.
Xiant Filer can automatically organize incoming mail messages by choosing the correct subfolder for depositing each message. According to Allen’s new company, the software becomes smarter the more you use it.
It appears to be meant for really popular people with mailboxes inundated with messages. However, anyone can try it for free as the beta version can be downloaded from Xiant’s website.