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team backed by microsoft co-founder allen finds wwii wreck


juneau, alaska — the recent discovery of the uss juneau in the depths of the south pacific has provided some closure to people with connections to the ship, which was blown apart during world war ii. hundreds died, including the five sullivan brothers from waterloo, iowa, whose story was chronicled in a 1944 movie.an expedition backed by microsoft co-founder and philanthropist paul allen reported finding the wreckage over the weekend.david reams, senior director of maritime operations for allen, said the team's primary aim was to find the uss lexington, which it reported finding earlier this month more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of australia. with some extra time, reams said the team decided to look for other "wrecks of interest" in the same general area.the team used sonar data






microsoft co-founder paul allen finds lost wwii ship uss indianapolis


the billionaire found the ship in the philippine sea. it was torpedoed by a japanese submarine on july 30, 1945.        






wreckage of aircraft carrier, uss lexington, sunk in wwii found in pacific


a team led by billionaire microsoft co-founder paul allen says it has found the wreck of the uss lexington, an aircraft carrier that was sunk in world war ii with the loss of more than 200 sailors.        






uss lexington, sunken world war ii aircraft carrier, found off australia


the wreck of an american aircraft carrier sunk during world war ii and which president donald trump paid tribute to last year has been discovered in deep ocean off australia’s coast by billionaire microsoft co-founder and wreck-hunting enthusiast paul allen.






microsoft alum paul allen unveiled the world's largest airplane


aircraft company created by microsoft co-founder paul allen.        






uss lexington, sunken world war ii aircraft carrier, found off australia


canberra, australia—the wreck of an american aircraft carrier sunk during world war ii and which president donald trump paid tribute to last year has been discovered in deep ocean off australia’s coast.the uss lexington, one of the first american carriers and nicknamed the “lady lex,” was found 500 miles northeast of australia in the coral sea by billionaire microsoft co-founder and wreck-hunting enthusiast paul allen, lying in water 1.8-miles deep....






uss lexington: lost ww2 aircraft carrier found after 76 years


image copyrightpaul g. allenimage caption the uss lexington was scuttled during the battle of the coral sea the wreck of a us aircraft carrier that was sunk during world war two has been found off the coast of australia.the uss lexington was located at a depth of about 3km (2 miles) in the coral sea, about 800km off australia's east coast.the ship was lost in the battle of the coral sea from 4-8 may 1942. more than 200 crew members died in the fighting.the us navy confirmed the ship had been discovered by a search team led by microsoft co-founder paul allen. pictures showed the wreck to be well preserved.the discovery of the lexington, along with 11 of its 35 aircraft, was made by mr allen's company vulcan on sunday.adm harry harris, head of the us pacific command, praised the discovery."a






uss lexington: lost ww2 aircraft carrier found after 76 years


image copyrightpaul g. allenimage caption the uss lexington was scuttled during the battle of the coral sea the wreck of a us aircraft carrier that was sunk during world war two has been found off the coast of australia.the uss lexington was located at a depth of about 3km (2 miles) in the coral sea, about 800km off australia's east coast.the ship was lost in the battle of the coral sea from 4-8 may 1942. more than 200 crew members died in the fighting.the us navy confirmed the ship had been discovered by a search team led by microsoft co-founder paul allen. pictures showed the wreck to be well preserved.the discovery of the lexington, along with 11 of its 35 aircraft, was made by mr allen's company vulcan on sunday.adm harry harris, head of the us pacific command, praised the discovery."a






uss lexington: lost ww2 aircraft carrier found after 76 years


image copyrightpaul g. allenimage caption the uss lexington was scuttled during the battle of the coral sea the wreck of a us aircraft carrier that was sunk during world war two has been found off the coast of australia.the uss lexington was located at a depth of about 3km (2 miles) in the coral sea, about 800km off australia's east coast.the ship was lost in the battle of the coral sea from 4-8 may 1942. more than 200 crew members died in the fighting.the us navy confirmed the ship had been discovered by a search team led by microsoft co-founder paul allen. pictures showed the wreck to be well preserved.the discovery of the lexington, along with 11 of its 35 aircraft, was made by mr allen's company vulcan on sunday.adm harry harris, head of the us pacific command, praised the discovery."a






paul allen gives $40 million to uw computer science; regents name school after b


the university of washington has elevated its computer-science department to the status of a school, and named it after microsoft co-founder paul allen.he’s the co-founder of microsoft, the owner of the seahawks, a philanthropist who has given millions toward brain science, cell science and artificial-intelligence research, and founded a museum devoted to pop culture and science fiction. on thursday, the seattle billionaire announced he is donating $40 million to the university of washington’s computer-science efforts, and microsoft kicked in another $10 million in allen’s honor, giving the new school a $50 million endowment.in turn, the uw board of regents on thursday elevated the computer-science department to the status of a school, and named it the paul g. allen school for computer sci






researchers find wreckage of wwii-era uss indianapolis


washington (ap) — civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the uss indianapolis, the world war ii heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of hiroshima before being struck by japanese torpedoes.the sinking of the indianapolis remains the navy’s single worst loss at sea. the fate of its crew — nearly 900 were killed, many by sharks, and just 316 survived — was one of the pacific war’s more horrible and fascinating tales.the expedition crew of research vessel petrel, which is owned by microsoft co-founder paul allen, says it located the wreckage of the indianapolis on the floor of the north pacific ocean, more than 18,000 feet (5,500 meters) below the surface, the u.s. navy said in a news release saturday.“to be able to honor the brave men of the uss ind






danish teenager finds wwii nazi plane wreck in swamp


copenhagen, denmark — a danish teenager has found parts of a german world war ii airplane that likely crashed in a northern denmark swamp 72 years ago — including the remains of a man who might have been its pilot.local archaeologist torben sarauw said thursday that 14-year-old daniel rom kristiansen used a metal detector to make "the fantastic finding," adding the parts lied five to six meters (yards) underground.rom kristiansen, who was not immediately available for comment, told denmark's tv2 channel he was checking out a story his grandfather had told about a nazi germany plane that had crashed nearby in 1944.soeren flensted, a wwii historian specialized in german airplanes, said the pilot might have been someone with little experience who was on a training mission."there are records t






wwii aircraft carrier found in coral sea by allen expedition


bangkok — a piece of prized world war ii u.s. naval history, the wreckage of the aircraft carrier uss lexington, which was sunk by the japanese in a crucial sea battle, has been discovered by an expedition funded by microsoft co-founder paul allen.the expedition team announced that the wreckage of the lexington, crippled by the enemy and then scuttled on may 8, 1942, in the battle of the coral sea, was found sunday on the seabed in waters 3,000 meters (about 2 miles) deep, more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) off australia's east coast."to pay tribute to the uss lexington and the brave men that served on her is an honor," allen said on his website. "as americans, all of us owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who served and who continue to serve our country for their courage, persistence an






philanthropist allen announces discovery of uss juneau


juneau, alaska (ap) — philanthropist and microsoft co-founder paul allen has announced that wreckage of a sunken military ship on which five brothers died in world war ii has been discovered in the south pacific.a spokeswoman for allen confirms wreckage from the uss juneau was found saturday off the coast of the solomon islands.the ship was hit by japanese torpedoes in 1942, killing hundreds of men, including the five sullivan brothers from waterloo, iowa.allen has an expedition team that has reported finding wreckage of other ships, including the aircraft carrier uss lexington, also sunk during world war ii.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksthe expedition team says in a statement it first identified the uss juneau on saturday using sonar technology an






trawling scientists find a better way to reel in fish poachers


canberra, australia—researchers in australia and the u.s., backed by microsoft corp. co-founder paul g. allen, are using satellites to fight illegal fishing—which causes billions of dollars a year in commercial losses and depletes stocks. with the world’s third-largest fishery zone covering 3.5 million square miles, australia is at the forefront of efforts to combat poaching. its patrol ships have chased illegal trawlers almost as...






20 strange things you might not know about bill gates


from microsoft stardom to saving the world, bill gates has worn many hats, yet rose leadum at entrepreneur still managed to dig up some fascinating fun facts about one of the world’s richest men.1. gates developed his first computer software program at 13 years old.after spending a few years in public school, gates later attended the lakeside school, a private preparatory school in seattle. it was there that gates discovered his passion for computer programming and met paul allen, who became his close friend and later microsoft co-founder. he also developed his first computer software program at age 13. using basic computer language, the program was a tic-tac-toe game in which players could compete against the computer.2. gates fixed his high school’s class scheduling software so he was in






trawling scientists find a better way to reel in illegal fishing


canberra, australia—researchers in australia and the u.s., backed by microsoft corp. co-founder paul g. allen, are using satellites to fight illegal fishing—which causes billions of dollars a year in commercial losses and depletes stocks. with the world’s third-largest fishery zone covering 3.5 million square miles, australia is at the forefront of efforts to combat poaching. its patrol ships have chased illegal trawlers almost as...






stratolaunch's monster jet completes first test-drive down runway


the monster jet, bankrolled by microsoft co-founder paul allen, is designed to bring satellites into orbit.






uss lexington, sunken world war ii aircraft carrier, found off australia


canberra, australia—the wreck of an american aircraft carrier sunk during world war ii and which president donald trump paid tribute to last year has been discovered in deep ocean off australia’s coast.the uss lexington, one of the first american carriers and nicknamed the “lady lex,” was found 500 miles northeast of australia in the coral sea by billionaire microsoft co-founder and wreck-hunting enthusiast paul allen, lying in water 1.8-miles deep.the carrier was crippled in may 1942 during the battle of the coral sea after being hit with bombs and torpedoes, with 216 crew killed. it was sent to the bottom after 2,735 crew were evacuated by another american warship, the uss phelps, to prevent its possible capture by japan.underwater photographs and video of the carrier taken by an underwa






infamous uss juneau that sank during wwii with five sullivan brothers aboard dis


the uss juneau, which sank during world war ii, was discovered by an expedition funded by microsoft co-founder paul ryan. the warship's sinking was infamous because the five sullivan brothers served together and perished.        






chargers' keenan allen expects to be ready for the start of training camp in jul


there’s a better than average chance that keenan allen, the chargers wide receiver, will look at the television screen during a ncaa tournament broadcast and start dreaming.he won’t, though, be imagining a reality where he’s catching alley oops instead of spirals. that dream hasn’t existed since allen was 6 years old and first started playing football.but two years ago, once allen decided to invest and start his own aau basketball team in san diego, a new dream was birthed.“we’ve got pretty good talent,” allen said in a phone interview with the times.allen sponsored the san diego slayers, a 13-and-under team after a friend began coaching a local rec league team in san diego.“and he actually had some pretty good athletes. i just thought, ‘why don’t we sponsor them and make a real aau team?”






paul allen’s ai2 aims to teach computers grade-school science, and it isn’t easy


the allen institute for artificial intelligence is working to teach computers to answer science questions at a grade-school level — a task that might sound simple, but requires the computer to decipher images, diagrams and understand the contextual meaning of what is written.three years into its mission to research an emerging field of technology, the allen institute for artificial intelligence is finding the value of its nonprofit status.the seattle organization, created by microsoft co-founder paul allen and the “little sister” to the allen institute for brain science, employs a nimble team of researchers and engineers to develop artificial intelligence technology.but ai2, as it is known, doesn’t have to focus on making money or guarding its information from competitors, ceo oren etzioni






uss indianapolis found; 900 died in world war ii sinking


by douglass k. danielwashington (ap) — civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the uss indianapolis, the world war ii heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of hiroshima before being struck by japanese torpedoes.the sinking of the indianapolis remains the navy’s single worst loss at sea. the fate of its crew — nearly 900 were killed, many by sharks, and just 316 survived — was one of the pacific war’s more horrible and fascinating tales.the expedition crew of research vessel petrel, which is owned by microsoft co-founder paul allen, says it located the wreckage of the indianapolis on the floor of the north pacific ocean, more than 18,000 feet below the surface, the u.s. navy said in a news release saturday.“to be able to honor the brave men of the u






researchers find wreckage of wwii-era uss indianapolis | news


researchers say they have located the wreckage of a world war ii-era us warship that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of hiroshima before being struck by japanese torpedoes.the sinking of the uss indianapolis remains the us navy's single worst loss at sea. the fate of its crew - nearly 900 were killed, many by sharks, and just 316 survived - was one of the pacific war's more horrible tales.the expedition crew of research vessel petrel, which is owned by microsoft co-founder paul allen, said it located the wreckage of the indianapolis on the floor of the north pacific ocean, more than 5,500 metres below the surface, the us navy said in a news release on saturday."to be able to honour the brave men of the uss indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that pl






microsoft hires classroom collaboration startup chalkup founder to expand micros


microsoft is beefing up its slack-like collaboration software, microsoft teams, with the technology-know how and the founder from collaboration software startup chalkup. following the hire, microsoft says it will bring some of the features chalkup had built to the microsoft teams for education product experience.chalkup was founded in 2013 by ceo justin chando, who’s joining microsoft as a result of this deal, and cto tim costa, who left chalkup in 2015.the startup offered a classroom collaboration platform where teachers could share resources and assignments with students and could discuss course topics, among other things. the company says educators and students from 1 in 3 universities and 1 in 5 high schools in the u.s. had used chalkup at some point.however, with the arrival of micros






amazon rejects ai2’s alexa skill voice-search engine. will it build one?


surprisingly, amazon alexa doesn’t have a good way to search for alexa skills by voice. you can’t say that you want to play word games, need a skill to check airport security wait times, or feel like meditating. alexa doesn’t know what to tell you.amazon released its own “skill finder” skill last year, but it’s a bare-bones experience that can only read off the most popular apps in certain vague categories, or list the top or newest alexa skills. you can’t ask it for a skill with a specific use case or functionality.so the allen institute for artificial intelligence figured it’d build a full-fledged voice keyword search engine for alexa skills. funded by microsoft co-founder paul allen, ai2 is one of the largest not-for-profit ai institutes in the world.ai2’s alexa “skill search” allows pe






amazon rejects ai2’s alexa skill voice-search engine. will it build one?


surprisingly, amazon alexa doesn’t have a good way to search for alexa skills by voice. you can’t say that you want to play word games, need a skill to check airport security wait times, or feel like meditating. alexa doesn’t know what to tell you.amazon released its own “skill finder” skill last year, but it’s a bare-bones experience that can only read off the most popular apps in certain vague categories, or list the top or newest alexa skills. you can’t ask it for a skill with a specific use case or functionality.so the allen institute for artificial intelligence figured it’d build a full-fledged voice keyword search engine for alexa skills. funded by microsoft co-founder paul allen, ai2 is one of the largest not-for-profit ai institutes in the world.ai2’s alexa “skill search” allows pe






paul allen’s team finds sunken world war ii warship in philippine sea


a paul allen-funded expedition has finally found the wreckage of the uss indianapolis, sunk 72 years ago by torpedoes — and has become the stuff of legend for its sailors’ resilience during days in the water, suffering dehydration and shark attacks.on friday night, billionaire and philanthropist paul allen watched the seattle seahawks, a football team he owns, trounce the minnesota vikings 20-13.but his attention was elsewhere — allen was monitoring a live feed from the philippine sea where an expedition he funded had discovered the final resting place of the uss indianapolis, which had been torpedoed by a japanese submarine 72 years ago after a secret mission to deliver components for “little boy,” the atomic bomb that destroyed hiroshima.on a scale of one to 10 — one being bored and 10 b






paul allen’s team finds sunken world war ii warship in philippine sea


a paul allen-funded expedition has finally found the wreckage of the uss indianapolis, sunk 72 years ago by torpedoes. the ship has become the stuff of legend, for its sailors’ resilience during days in the water, suffering dehydration and facing shark attacks.on friday night, billionaire and philanthropist paul allen watched the seattle seahawks, a football team he owns, trounce the minnesota vikings 20-13.but his attention was elsewhere — allen was monitoring a live feed from the philippine sea where an expedition he funded had discovered the final resting place of the uss indianapolis, which had been torpedoed by a japanese submarine 72 years ago after a secret mission to deliver components for “little boy,” the atomic bomb that destroyed hiroshima.on a scale of one to 10 — one being bo






the cod: wwii live action trailer is out


in approximately three weeks, call of duty is taking the franchise back to wwii, with some good old-fashioned boots-on-the-ground gameplay.so it’s not surprising that the live action trailer is focused on reassembling the squad.it’s no destiny 2 live action trailer, but it has its own charm.instead of dressing actors up in wwii garb and trying to depict actual gameplay, the cod: wwii live action trailer shows would-be players running around town to find the other members of their squad.the beta came out in late august, and has since ended. but if you want to take a look at the actual gameplay, you can check out the multiplayer trailer here.






so: how was your upstream?


over the past weekend, the upstream music fest + summit slammed into pioneer square with over 300 music groups and major financial support from microsoft co-founder paul allen. how did it go?the much-anticipated upstream music fest + summit, brain child (and wallet child) of microsoft co-founder paul allen, has come and gone.now that its three-day invasion of pioneer square is over, this is the festival’s moment for reflection and reckoning, after its inaugural year of concerts by over 350 bands and talks by music-industry insiders from jazz legend quincy jones to hip-hop star macklemore. and some of that reflection, says vulcan spokesperson anna imperati, will happen on lounge chairs “on a beach.”upstream was, as expected, a strange and sometimes chaotic collision between music festival a






so: how was your upstream?


over the past weekend, the upstream music fest + summit slammed into pioneer square with over 300 music groups and major financial support from microsoft co-founder paul allen. how did it go?the much-anticipated upstream music fest + summit, brain child (and wallet child) of microsoft co-founder paul allen, has come and gone.now that its three-day invasion of pioneer square is over, this is the festival’s moment for reflection and reckoning, after its inaugural year of concerts by over 350 bands and talks by music-industry insiders from jazz legend quincy jones to hip-hop star macklemore. and some of that reflection, says vulcan spokesperson anna imperati, will happen on lounge chairs “on a beach.”upstream was, as expected, a strange and sometimes chaotic collision between music festival a






microsoft adds linkedin co-founder hoffman to its board


microsoft has added linkedin co-founder reid hoffman to its board of directors.as of hoffman's appointment, announced march 14, microsoft's board is back up to 12 members.hoffman is a partner with greylock partners. he cofounded linkedin in 2002 and before that, was an executive vice president at paypal.microsoft purchased linkedin last year for $26.2 billion. earlier this year, microsoft made kevin scott, linkedin's head of engineering, microsoft's own chief technology officer.microsoft and linkedin are currently working on a variety of product and service integrations. microsoft is looking to take advantage of linkedin's professional graph, or database, of various workplace-related entities.in addition to hoffman, microsoft's board of directors consists of john thompson, microsoft indepe






paul allen invests $125 million to teach computers common sense


the investment will go to multiple projects at the allen institute for technology, or ai2, the seattle-based nonprofit.paul allen puts a premium on common sense – so much so that he’s investing $125 million to teach it to computers.the microsoft co-founder said wednesday he would commit the money over the next three years to the seattle-based allen institute for artificial intelligence, known as ai2.the funds will go toward multiple ai2 projects, but specifically will be used for the new “project alexandria” that will try to bring together various technology elements used in artificial intelligence, with the goal of creating a system imbued with good sense and judgment.currently, ai systems can scan and “read” text, interpret some pictures and play board games. but they can’t react to unex






local author’s ‘agent 110’ takes readers inside the oss during wwii


scott miller gives an absorbing portrait of allen dulles, a key figure in the oss — the forerunner to today’s cia.“agent 110: an american spymaster and the german resistance in wwii”by scott millersimon and schuster, 368 pp., $28the subject of seattle writer scott miller’s absorbing and bracing “agent 110: an american spymaster and the german resistance in wwii” is a compelling one: the wartime exploits of allen dulles, a key figure in the office of strategic services (oss), the forerunner of today’s central intelligence agency. dulles had a very specific assignment: aiding german military officers and resistance fighters in their efforts to kill hitler and destroy the nazis. dulles (whose code name gives this book its title) was a fascinating figure: lawyer, legal adviser to the u.s. dipl






wwii german pilot found in northern denmark wreck identified


copenhagen, denmark — a danish newspaper says the pilot of a german world war ii airplane that crashed into a northern denmark swamp more than 70 years ago has been identified.daily nordjyske said friday that 19-year-old hans wunderlich, who crashed oct. 10, 1944, has no next of kin and may be buried in a war cemetery in denmark.nordjyske quoted a berlin-based organization that keeps records of deceased german wwii soldiers.earlier this month, 14-year-old daniel rom kristiansen was checking out a story about a nazi germany plane that had crashed some 250 kilometers (155 miles) northwest of copenhagen. using a metal detector, he found the engine, guns and twisted fuselage parts five to six meters (yards) underground. he also unearthed a german luftwaffe uniform, a book and bones.






how to add mac-like multi-touch gestures to ubuntu


though the mac operating system has many faults, it’s at the top of its game in a lot of respects. ease of use is the main place where apple excels above the rest. on a mac laptop a user can expect a wonderful, impressive touchpad experience due to how macos implements touchpad gestures.on ubuntu gestures are absent by default. this is a shame, as a lot of mac users tend to switch to ubuntu due to the fact that both operating systems share a similar design philosophy: simplicity and ease of use. fortunately, it is possible to get touchpad gestures working in the ubuntu operating system with some third party software.installationto get a mac-like touchpad in ubuntu, some software will need to be installed first. this software is known as touchegg. it is an old tool but one that still works