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November 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Paul Allen releases app — for iPad

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is enthusiastic about Windows 8 tablets but a new entertainment app he’s releasing this week is coming first to Apple’s iPad. Allen is releasing an app called Fayve, which helps users choose movies and TV shows by sorting through recommendations generated by streaming-video providers and Facebook friends. The free app is…


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September 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

New signs map Amazon’s sprawling campus, restaurants

Among the finishing touches on Amazon’s latest headquarters campus building is new signage that’s striking if you remember what its neighborhood was like a few years ago. The signs — posted at the 207 Boren building, which is almost complete — have maps listing dozens of restaurants now open around the cluster of Amazon buildings in…


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December 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Paul Allen launches space cargo venture, largest aircraft ever

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen today is announcing plans to build the world’s largest aircraft to start a new orbital cargo business, joining the ranks of billionaire investors blending their love of space and science fiction with the growing opportunity for private space ventures. For Allen, the venture combines his lifelong interest in science fiction and technology…


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November 14, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Seattle broadband network floated again, sort of

Seven years after it began pursuing a city broadband network, Seattle’s trying again. Sort of. Mayor Mike McGinn and other dignitaries will announce a new, smaller effort Monday morning in South Lake Union. The plan is to offer city infrastructure to lure phone or cable companies willing to build ultrafast broadband in one or two…


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June 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Smith & Tinker back with Marvel iOS superhero game

Smith & Tinker, a once high-flying Bellevue game startup, is resurfacing this week with a new Marvel superhero game for Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. “Marvel Kapow!” features characters such as Thor, Wolverine, Spider-Man and Captain America. Players uses touchscreen gestures such as flicks to slash enemies with Wolverine’s claws or shoot them with Spidey’s…


Comments | Topics: Apple, Apps, Casual games

March 31, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Paul Allen’s book: Shaping legacy with a chainsaw?

Paul Allen’s trying awfully hard to be sure he’s remembered as a technology visionary and not just a quirky billionaire. But perhaps Allen’s trying too hard to shape his legacy. Building edifices such as the Experimental Music Project was just the start — though it’s now looking like an apt symbol of Allen’s melting relationship with…


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December 28, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Paul Allen tries again with suit against Apple, Google, Facebook …

Mercer Island billionaire Paul Allen today renewed his effort to sue Apple, Google, Facebook, eBay, AOL and other companies for patent infringement. Allen’s case was rejected on Dec. 10 by a federal judge in Seattle who said it was too vague. U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman told Allen he had until Dec. 28 to file…


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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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