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April 15, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Allen says book is tech history, not revenge against Gates

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says his new book “Idea Man” is technology history, not a screed on Bill Gates.

Allen was interviewed by “60 Minutes,” and the show will air on Sunday at 7 p.m. on CBS. The book is coming out Tuesday.

‘”It’s not about [revenge]. I just felt it was like an important part of technology history and I should tell it like it happened,” says Allen. “I hope people understand and respect that,” he tells “60 Minutes” reporter Lesley Stahl.

In an excerpt of Allen’s book published by Vanity Fair in March, Allen vented about how Gates whittled down Allen’s share of Microsoft even though he felt he had done just as much work starting the company. He also said that he caught Gates and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plotting to rip him off after he was diagnosed with lymphoma.

To read more about Allen’s book and the claims he makes against Gates, check out our earlier Seattle Times story detailing how Allen goes public with his hard feelings that were decades in the making.

According to CBS, Allen says in the interview he has not talked about his book with Gates. When Stahl asks him whether he feels he needs to apologize to Gates, Allen says, “I don’t think so.”

Stahl also asks Allen about the lawsuits he has filed against AOL, Apple, Facebook and Google, and Allen says, “I guess I find [the criticism] somewhat surprising, because I invested a huge amount to develop these ideas.”

Here is an excerpt of the interview from CBS.

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