October 09, 2017

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Paul G Allen

Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan refunds donations as Seattle tests new election laws

True Viral News

Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan accepted campaign contributions from two companies that have received more than $250,000 in payments from the city in roughly the past two years.

The contributions from Microsoft and Ash Grove Cement totaled only $1,000, a small percentage of the $685,000 that Durkan has raised…


Australia’s Startmate accelerator announces its most recent class

Tech Crunch

Companies that are accepted into the Startmate program are given $75,000 in exchange for 7.5% equity on the terms of a SAFE note. If a company has raised more than $250,000, it receives the $75,000 on the same terms as their last round of funding.

The accelerator has, unsurprisingly, become a feeder for deals coming to Blackbird Ventures, but the companies that have come out of the program have also managed to collect cash from Accel, Costanoa, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Australia’s other marquee investment firms Square Peg Ventures and Airtree Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, and individual investments from Peter Thiel…


Mega-yacht owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen spotted in Singapore


When you’re a billionaire founder of one of the world’s biggest companies, buying a massive yacht to sail around the world would surely be one of the first things you’d do.

And of all the ports in the world you could sail to, surely sunny Singapore is worth a visit. Mothership reader Daryl Tan spotted Paul Allen’s yacht docked in Keppel Marina on his way to Vivo, at about 11 am on Oct. 9. He snapped two photos of the enormous sea-going vessel…


Clinton’s Laureate Education Company – latest scam to hit the news, Execs quit

Before Its News

This latest Clinton reveal is sure to be a headliner in the days to come. I first posted about this back in 2016 as one of the greatest money laundering scams that preyed on the unsuspecting and helped make the Clinton rich.

This past February, having plundered as much as they could, it was dreamed up to start an IPO trying to extort even more via the stock market. All of the top executives have quit – within a few months of the IPO. They apparently know more, much more than what has been revealed. The Daily Caller writes a wandering piece, so I have included my earlier post as well…


We Scouted the Homes of the Top Executives and they all live in this San Francisco Suburb for the 1%


The celebrities of Silicon Valley live private lives. We don’t know much about them outside of the mega-companies they lead, though it’s fun to speculate on the shoes they wear, the restaurants where they feast, and their comings and goings at Burning Man.

One thing’s for certain: many of the rich and famous tech executives come home to the same zip code. Public records reveal that Silicon Valley billionaires including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, HP CEO Meg Whitman, and Google chairman Eric Schmidt reside in the idyllic suburb of Atherton, California. In 2016, it was the third priciest zip code in the US, according to Forbes…


Global Action Taken on Ocean Challenges

Maritime Executive

UNITED STATES: Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. will invest €34 million ‘SkyLight’ detection system, availing cutting-edge technology in the fight against illegal fishing…


Hit refresh book review: A compulsive reading on technology by Satya Nadella

Financial Express

The reflections on artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential impact on the future of work and life are probably the most compelling reasons to read Satya Nadella’s book Hit Refresh.

Aptly describing the huge interest in AI as a result of the confluence of three technologies—Big Data, massive computing power and sophisticated algorithms—Nadella points the CXO suite reader towards a time when a computer will be able to match, or even surpass, human intellectual capabilities…


GLOBAL GIVEAWAY: Win Satya Nadella’s new book, Hit Refresh


This time around, we’re giving away a copy of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s new book, Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone.

When Nadella took over Microsoft, the company had become stagnant. The new CEO had to search for the company’s “soul”, or what made the firm great in the first place. The book describes how founders Paul Allen and Bill Gates had the dream of a computer on every desk, and that goal was achieved…


Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to fight illegal fishing with $40m

Ships and Ports

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, concerned about illegal fishing depleting global fish populations, will spend $40 million to develop a system that uses satellite imagery and data-analysis software to help countries spot and catch unlicensed fishing boats.

Called SkyLight, the system is being tested in the Pacific Island of Palau and the African nation of Gabon. Allen is trying to use technology to aid enforcement, particularly in countries with thousands of miles of coastline to patrol and few resources to do so…


Vulcan Real Estate

Amazon wants 100 acres. Where could a development that large go?


As Greater Spokane Incorporated crafts a pitch for Amazon’s second North American headquarters, real estate is an important consideration.

Amazon cited its Seattle headquarters, with nearby restaurants, coffee shops and services, in its request for proposals. The e-commerce retailer mentions an urban or downtown campus, though it says that’s not required. And Amazon wants 100 acres, capable of accommodating up to 8 million square feet of office space over the next 10 to 15 years…


Vulcan Aerospace

HyperSizer software helped optimize structure of world’s largest all-composite aircraft


When the Stratolaunch aircraft rolled out of the Mojave, California Air and Space Port hangar this spring in preparation for ground testing, it was a clear example of how far the design and manufacturing of composite materials have progressed in recent years. Last month the first phase of engine testing on the aircraft’s six Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines was completed.

The world’s largest aircraft by wingspan (wider than a football field is long) is almost entirely fabricated from composite materials, which provide light weight, high stiffness and strength characteristics that are increasingly in demand in aerospace, automotive, sports, medical and industrial fields…


Great Elephant Census

Brothers in Wildlife Crime Arrested in Malawi

Environment News Service

Two brothers who are among East Africa’s most wanted wildlife criminals were arrested in Malawi this week on charges of attempting to smuggle hundreds of elephant tusks, according to Interpol, the world’s largest police organization.

Brothers Chancy and Patrick Kaunda of Malawi, who were the subjects of Interpol Red Notices issued at the request of Tanzania, are suspected of attempting to export 781 elephant tusks from Tanzania to Malawi without the proper permits in 2013…


Terrifying new elephant poaching epidemic to meet demand for ‘health’ jewelry made from their skin


Lying slaughtered in a forest ­clearing, its skin half-peeled, the elephant is one of 20 found dead the same day, many of them mothers and calves, all killed by a poisoned dart.

But these animals were not butchered for their precious ivory tusks; they were killed for their thick, grey hide…


Smart City Challenge

10 internet of things success stories

True Viral News

Columbus, Ohio, recent winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, is using part of its $40 million prize to deploy electric self-driving shuttles operating in conjunction with a new rapid transit center.

CompTIA says the system will enable better vehicle-to-vehicle data exchange and communication with traffic signals and other transportation infrastructure…


Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks star Kenny Easley gets real about long, painful road to forgiving team

Q13 Fox

SEATTLE– Former Seahawks safety and Hall of Famer Kenny Easley sued the Seahawks decades ago. Today, he’s still not sure if he should have settled that lawsuit.

With that said, the Seahawks retired Easley’s jersey No. 45 last Sunday, making him the fourth player in team history to receive the honor.  The No. 12 is also retired. It belongs to the Seahawks’ fans…