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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

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September 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Video: Paul Allen rocks out at Allen Institute party

Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist and sports mogul Paul Allen cut loose at a party celebrating the 10th anniversary of his Allen Institute for Brain Science. Here’s a video of Allen (in red shirt) and his band, the Underthinkers, who released an album earlier this summer. They’re playing at the event Friday night at the…

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August 23, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Ballmer to retire, brace yourself NBA

Microsoft’s loss may be Seattle basketball fans’ gain.

Steve Ballmer’s going to need to do something in his retirement besides mow the lawn at his Hunts Point mansion. He’s also clearly been bitten by the pro sports bug, after nearly winning an NBA franchise for Seattle over the last year.

Steve Ballmer and NBA All-Star Brandon Roy at a Seattle charity event in July. Photo by Dean Rutz, Seattle Times staff photographer.

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August 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Bill Gates on his big goals, Google balloons and rockets

Don’t look for Bill Gates to join the other tech tycoons building spacecraft as an avocation.

“In terms of improving the state of humanity, I don’t see the direct connection,” he told BusinessWeek in an interview published today. “I guess it’s fun, because you shoot rockets up in the air. But it’s not an area that I’ll be putting money into.”

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Ellen Banner/The Seattle Times

That sass may make things awkward at the next neighborhood potluck in Medina, especially if Jeff Bezos shows up.

But it’s hard to argue with the priorities Gates has chosen. The world’s richest man is putting most of his energy into battling polio, malaria and childhood mortality rates.

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