October 12, 2017

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Paul G Allen

Look Inside the Most Expensive House on Earth


Previous estimates in the local press of a €1 billion price tag are “absurd rumor and folly,” says Fabio Di Fede, the managing director of SPML since the acquisition and a former Campari executive. But its €350 million listing is likely aspirational as well: The number comes primarily from the amount of land and the size of the home relative to its location.

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is, by real estate agents’ accounts, at least, the most sought-after of the Caps, including Cap d’Antibes and Cap-d’Ail. Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen owns a neighboring villa, as does composer Andrew Lloyd Webber…


How the Maker Movement Will Influence the Future of America

Open PR

Have you tended to dismiss the maker movement as a flash in the pan, a triumph of marketing sizzle over substance? You might want to think again. Like previous technology waves that started out small but ended up big — ranging from personal computers to online commerce, the maker movement is rapidly becoming a mainstream phenomenon with major implications for the industry.

Makers are poised to transform hardware development and product design in the same way that the open source software movement fueled the rise of new Internet and mobile device software applications.Prior to their big break selling an operating system for IBM PC computers, Bill Gates and Paul Allen created hardware to automatically measure car traffic…


How to Make a Crazy Fortune Like Microsoft Billionaire Bill Gates

The Independent

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates is worth $85.6 billion, according to Forbes’ most recent rankings. That’s over two million times the average personal income of a white male with some college education this year. It means Gates has earned on average $3.78 million per day since the day he was born 52 years ago.

So what does it take to average seven figures earned each day from day one? Here are some tips to grow your fortune just like billionaire Bill Gates…


Shipowners face charge over displacement of Eden Rock coral

Cay Compass

Two companies involved in the ownership of the cargo vessel Saga were named as defendants in Summary Court Tuesday in a charge relating to displacement of coral without authority at Eden Rock.

This was the same company that did the restoration work after Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen’s yacht damaged a different reef in 2015…


Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s mega-yacht berthed in Singapore

Straits Times

SINGAPORE – A mega-yacht belonging to Microsoft’s co-founder, billionaire Paul Allen, has docked in Singapore waters at the Keppel Marina. As of Wednesday (Oct 11), the vessel was still berthed here.

The Octopus is a 126m-long luxury yacht, fully kitted out with amenities like a pool, two helicopter pads, a movie theatre and basketball court…


The President Owns The Paradise

Botswana Gazette

With Botswana tourism attracting super-rich Hollywood stars, football billionaires, and the English royal families, it easily generates over P6 billion every year, but 90% of the money never arrives in Botswana herself. The Panama Papers revealed that numerous African politicians have stored wealth in off-shore accounts. But how did the money get there?

Tourism is its second-biggest money-earner after diamonds. Rich and super-rich foreigners-among them Oprah Winfrey, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic, Microsoft Billionaire Paul Allen and UK’s Prince Harry- fly in their private jets to rest in luxurious lodges and enjoy the scenery…


Vulcan Aerospace

Vice President Pence visits the Mojave Spaceport

Blasting News United States

Vice President Mike Pence continued his tour of American space facilities, this time dropping by the #Mojave Space Port in California, the first time he has visited a commercial space installation. Pence has previously visited NASA field centers, the Johnson Spaceflight Center south of Houston, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the Marshall Spaceflight Center in Alabama.

Pence’s visit, which included briefings on the plans by Virgin Galactic, Virgin Orbit, and Stratolaunch, underscores the importance of commercial space in President Trump’s policy,…


Show me the money: ISPCS examines private funding for aerospace development

Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES – The race to commercialize spaceflight calls for innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit. More to the point, it needs steady funding.

Aerospace industry leaders and financial backers heard that call Wednesday during the opening sessions of the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. While the industry has grown significantly during the 13 years that the conference has been held, technological advances have outpaced funding, experts said…


Scaled Composites reveals first flight of experimental Model 401

Flight Global

The Mojave, California-based rapid prototyping specialist developed and flew the single-engined and single-seat Model 401 in secret, revealing the first flight milestone with a press release and an announcement on Facebook.

“We had a great flight and we are looking forward to the future test program,” Scaled Composites’ project engineer Aaron Cassebeer says in a Facebook post…


Vulcan Capital

Nomadic Partners with the Technicolor Experience Center to Illustrate Impact of Location-Based VR Entertainment

Cision PR Newswire

Nomadic, an immersive entertainment company creating virtual reality (VR) experiences for neighborhoods everywhere, today announced its partnership with the Technicolor Experience Center (TEC), Technicolor’s division focused on igniting industry collaboration and innovation in immersive media.

From October 10th – 20th, Nomadic’s location-based VR experience will reside at the Culver City facility, offering an opportunity for filmmakers, studios, creatives and VR industry drivers to experience first-hand this new medium and model for VR entertainment…


Vulcan Productions 

Film News Roundup: Helen Mirren’s ‘Winchester’ Moved Up Three Weeks, Retitled


In today’s film news roundup, Helen Mirren’s haunted house movie has been moved to Super Bowl weekend, Paul Allen’s Vulcan is backing a dance documentary, and Blue Box has picked up rights to Bruce Willis’ Chinese war drama “The Bombing.”

Philanthropist Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions will co-produce a feature documentary on a ballet performance curated by the New York City Ballet’s prima ballerina Tiler Peck, Variety has learned exclusively….


Film News Roundup: Helen Mirren’s ‘Winchester’ Moved Up Three Weeks, Retitled

Namibia Press Agency

LOS ANGELES – In today’s film news roundup, Helen Mirren’s haunted house movie has been moved to Super Bowl weekend, Paul Allen’s Vulcan is backing a dance documentary, and Blue Box has picked up rights to Bruce Willis’ Chinese war drama “The Bombing. 
“Lionsgate and CBS Films have moved up Helen Mirren’s haunted house movie by three weeks to Feb. 2 and retitled the film, which had been “Winchester,” as “Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built.”…


Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Google Wants to Give Your Computer a Personality


With so many companies rushing to make such a wide variety of devices capable of listening and talking to us, it’s hard to quantify how quickly the technology will become mainstream. But this year, 60.5 million Americans will use Alexa, Assistant or another virtual butler at least once a month, according to research firm eMarketer. Sales of smart speakers alone will reach $3.52 billion globally by 2021, up nearly 400% from 2016, predict analysts at Gartner.

Many technology experts are convinced that voice is the next major shift in how humans use machines. This will be “a completely different level of interaction,” says Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a research outfit in Seattle. “This really becomes a game changer when you can have a dialogue with a virtual assistant that may be at the level of a concierge at a hotel.”…


Great Elephant Census

Ivory poachers turn their guns on hippos


Hippopotamuses face being the next African species to become extinct after poachers began targeting them for their teeth as a substitute for elephant ivory.

While the trade in hippo teeth is legal and regulated, academics at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Hong Kong found substantial discrepancies between official African export numbers and Asian import figures, leading them to conclude that illegal hippo poaching was taking place…


Smart City Challenge

Chordant and CA Technologies Publishes Top List Of Cities to Lead in Smart City

IOT Evolution World

In a recent announcement, Chordant, Smart City-focused IoT business of InterDigital, in collaboration with CA Technologies, has unveiled the CA-Chordant Smart City Benefits Index – a comprehensive study designed to examine the relative potential benefits of Smart City technology in America’s major metropolitan areas.

Smart City technology has the potential to unlock tremendous benefits for cities and the people, industries, and businesses that exist there. But those benefits will vary widely based on differences in geography, transportation systems, demographics and a variety of other factors…


Connected and Autonomous Vehicles to Play a Major Part in Smart Columbus Projects

Inside GNSS

If all goes as planned, Columbus, Ohio will become one of the smarter cities around, using drones to deliver medical supplies, autonomous shuttles for college students, and a smart infrastructure that will help with buses, traffic congestion, collision avoidance for both vehicles and pedestrians, and much more.

Columbus has been awarded up to $40 million from the federal government to implement these innovative, data-driven ideas to help make transportation safer, easier and more reliable. The Department of Transportation (DoT) grant is part of the Smart City Challenge, and Smart Columbus — with a vision to reinvent mobility with a big lift from connected vehicles — competed against 77 cities across the nation before recently winning the challenge…