Paul Allen shaped Seattle as we know it, and his successors promise to carry on his legacy

The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) The tech workers who line up to rent kayaks and paddleboards on Seattle’s Lake Union in the summertime are rewarded for their patience with an incredible view. At the base of the Space Needle sits a colorful, eccentric museum dedicated to Seattle’s music legends. A glittering neighborhood of high-rises and cranes stretches east from there. It’s the land of Amazon, with Google hot on its heels to carve out its own campus in this vibrant tech center. There is one man responsible for much of what you can see from Lake Union. In addition to helping to put… Read More

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Lyft launches subscription plan, offering 30 rides for $300/month

(Lyft Photo) Lyft is rolling out a new monthly subscription plan for riders in all markets starting Tuesday. For $299 per month, riders who subscribe to Lyft’s new All-Access Plan will get 30 rides as long as each ride doesn’t go over $15. If it does, the rider pays the difference. Subscribers will also receive 5 percent off additional rides. “This is the first step toward delivering on our goal of making car ownership optional, and we’re constantly looking for more ways to provide passengers with the easiest, most convenient options possible,” Lyft said in a blog post announcing the new program. The 30 rides are dolled out on a… Read More

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50 years after Apollo moonshots, will rivalry with China spark a new space race?

NASA astronaut Harrison Schmitt stands next to the U.S. flag on the moon with Earth hanging in the black sky above during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. (NASA Photo) WASHINGTON, D.C. — An American rivalry with China could stoke a new space race in the years ahead, a space policy official and the last American to set foot on the moon said here today at a session marking the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo missions. But it may not play out the way the U.S.-Soviet space race did, said Scott Pace, executive secretary for the White House’s National Space Council. Billionaire-backed space efforts such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX and… Read More

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Chandra X-ray telescope is back at work: Engineers trace glitch to 3 seconds of error

An artist’s conception shows the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. (NASA / CXC / SAO Illustration) NASA’s 19-year-old Chandra X-ray Observatory has been returned to its normal pointing mode after a data glitch forced a five-day outage, NASA said today. The bus-sized spacecraft went into safe mode on Oct. 10, bringing science observations to a halt. The Chandra mission’s operation team determined that the outage was caused by a fault in one of the gyroscopes used by Chandra’s pointing system. That fault resulted in a three-second period of bad data, which led the onboard computer to calculate an incorrect value for the spacecraft’s momentum, NASA said in today’s status update. The erroneous… Read More

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Hear Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen reflect on his life and legacy in rare public interview

Paul Allen speaking at Seattle’s Town Hall in 2011. (GeekWire File Photo) It’s hard to overstate the impact Paul Allen has had on technology, philanthropy and, really, the world. The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist died at age 65 on Monday, but despite his vast array of interests and investments across the globe, he often shied away from the spotlight. In remembrance of his life, we are sharing a unique, candid interview between Allen and GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop, recorded at a live event in 2011. In the interview, Allen shares his outlook on Microsoft, the progress of technology, his relationship with Bill Gates, his first struggle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and… Read More

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TLDR: Paul G. Allen (1953-2018)

GeekWire is sad to report that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died from cancer at the age of 65. Instead of the usual show format, we’re going to feature highlights from Allen’s speech at the 50th anniversary of the University of Washington Computer Science and Engineering School. He delivered this speech in March 2017, after he gave a $40 million gift to the school. Today’s featured stories Paul G. Allen, 1953-2018: Microsoft co-founder leaves legacy of innovation, philanthropy, bold bets Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen makes landmark $40M gift for University of Washington computer science school (March 2017) Years before giving UW millions, teenage Paul Allen was booted from school’s computer… Read More

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Bill Gates pays tribute to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen: ‘Personal computing would not have existed without him’

(Photos: Microsoft and Vulcan) Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft together in 1975, cementing the pair as legends in the world of technology. Allen passed away Monday, and not long after Gates reflected on his time with his partner and friend in a statement: I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen. From our early days together at Lakeside School, through our partnership in the creation of Microsoft, to some of our joint philanthropic projects over the years, Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him. But Paul wasn’t content with starting one… Read More

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According to an SEC filing, Docker has raised $92M of a $192M funding round

Docker CEO Steve Singh at the 2017 GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) As it continues to transition from a technology-driven platform company into a sales-driven services company, Docker is raising more money to fuel that expansion. Techcrunch noticed a filing with the SEC that shows Docker has raised almost $92 million of a total funding round valued at just shy of $192 million, which would easily be the largest single round of funding in Docker’s history. A Docker representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In its early days Docker was one of the fastest-growing companies in enterprise computing, quickly changing the way… Read More

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Paul G. Allen, 1953-2018: Microsoft co-founder leaves legacy of innovation, philanthropy, bold bets

Paul G. Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates before making his mark in technology investing, sports ownership, commercial space, global philanthropy and other bold pursuits, has died at the age of 65, two weeks after announcing that he had been diagnosed with a recurrence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to a statement Monday afternoon from his company Vulcan Inc. Developing story, more to come. Continue reading for the full statement from Vulcan below. SEATTLE, Wash. – October 15, 2018 – The following statements were released today by Vulcan Inc. on behalf of the Allen Family, Vulcan Inc. and the Paul G. Allen network. It is with deep sadness that we… Read More

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Apollo 17 moonwalker Harrison Schmitt stirs up a buzz with climate change views

Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt speaks at an “Apollo Plus 50” session during the ScienceWriters 2018 conference in Washington, D.C. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) WASHINGTON, D.C. — I didn’t invite Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt to get his views on climate change, but that’s the topic that created the most fireworks here today at the ScienceWriters2018 conference. The title of the session was “Apollo Plus 50,” and the focus was the past and the future of America’s space program in light of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon missions. Fifty years ago today, for example, Apollo 7’s astronauts were putting NASA’s moonship to the test for the very… Read More

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