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December 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Microsoft millions buy SF’s priciest home, a fixer-upper

Ever wonder what becomes of the jillions that Microsoft spends to buy far-flung companies? Expensive houses, for one thing. Check out the latest move by David Sacks, chief executive of Yammer, the San Francisco-based business social network that Microsoft bought for $1.2 billion in June. Word surfaced this week that Sacks just bought a new house…

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October 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Amazon buying Seattle campus from Paul Allen: The filing

Here’s the entire filing that Amazon submitted today, disclosing its plans to buy its current South Lake Union campus from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Allen originally amassed the land for a proposed urban park but turned it into a tech-focused commercial real estate zone after the park plan failed to win voter support. Buying the land…

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July 12, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Venture backed by Bill Gates sues chip giants, PC industry

Talk about biting the hand that fed you. Bellevue-based Intellectual Ventures — the patent licensing company led by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold and backed by Bill Gates — is suing two of the largest memory chip makers and most of the world’s major PC companies. Intellectual Ventures is seeking royalties from chipmakers Hynix and Elpida, plus…

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July 6, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Facebook announces Skype video chat, group chat

Facebook today announced a new video calling feature powered by Skype, extending the social networking giant’s deep ties with Microsoft. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg also unveiled a new design for messaging and a “group chat” feature for starting ad hoc conversation circles, similar to features in Google+, the new social networking platform Google unveiled…

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September 28, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Paul Allen is on Twitter, tweets about research, Seahawks, rellenos

Microsoft co-founder turned entrepreneur and Seahawks owner Paul Allen is getting a bit more public. He has started Twittering, with a post on Sept. 22 that offers a glimpse into the secret life of the Mercer Island billionaire: “In Kona working on the book …. and Adriana has killer rellenos…” Allen was presumably referring to…

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September 14, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Video: Bill Gates as a Boy Scout, Seattle history

Here’s a tribute video prepared for the Boy Scouts of America, which presented Bill Gates with its Silver Buffalo award today during a luncheon at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. It’s a nice bit of Gates and Seattle history, with images of Gates during his time in Troop 186 in the Sand Point neighborhood. Gates was…

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