Seattle, Oct 16 (AP/UNB) — Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65.
He died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his company Vulcan Inc. announced.
Gates said he was heartbroken about the loss of one of his "oldest and dearest friends."
"Personal computing would not have existed without him," Gates said in a statement.
"But Paul wasn't content with starting one company. He channeled his intellect and compassion into a second act focused on improving people's lives and strengthening communities in Seattle and around the world. He was fond of saying, 'If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it,'" Gates wrote.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called Allen's contributions to the company, community and industry "indispensable."
"As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world," Nadella wrote on Twitter.
Allen, an avid sports fan, owned the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks.
Over the course of several decades, Allen gave more than $2 billion to a wide range of interests, including ocean health, homelessness and advancing scientific research.
"Millions of people were touched by his generosity, his persistence in pursuit of a better world, and his drive to accomplish as much as he could with the time and resources at his disposal," Vulcan CEO Bill Hilf said in a statement.
Allen was on the list of America's wealthiest people who pledged to give away the bulk of their fortunes to charity. "Those fortunate to achieve great wealth should put it to work for the good of humanity," he said.
Allen and Gates met while attending a private school in north Seattle. The two friends would later drop out of college to pursue the future they envisioned: A world with a computer in every home.
Gates so strongly believed it that he left Harvard University in his junior year to devote himself full-time to his and Allen's startup, originally called Micro-Soft. Allen spent two years at Washington State University before dropping out as well.
They founded the company in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and their first product was a computer language for the Altair hobby-kit personal computer, giving hobbyists a basic way to program and operate the machine.
After Gates and Allen found some success selling their programming language, MS-Basic, the Seattle natives moved their business in 1979 to Bellevue, Washington, not far from its eventual home in Redmond.
Microsoft's big break came in 1980, when IBM Corp. decided to move into personal computers and asked Microsoft to provide the operating system.
Gates and Allen didn't invent the operating system. To meet IBM's needs, they spent $50,000 to buy one known as QDOS from another programmer, Tim Paterson. Eventually the product refined by Microsoft — and renamed DOS, for Disk Operating System — became the core of IBM PCs and their clones, catapulting Microsoft into its dominant position in the PC industry.
The first versions of two classic Microsoft products, Microsoft Word and the Windows operating system, were released in 1983. By 1991, Microsoft's operating systems were used by 93 percent of the world's personal computers.
The Windows operating system is now used on most of the world's desktop computers, and Word is the cornerstone of the company's prevalent Office products.
Gates and Allen became billionaires when Microsoft was thrust onto the throne of technology.
With his sister Jody Allen in 1986, Paul Allen founded Vulcan, the investment firm that oversees his business and philanthropic efforts. He founded the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the aerospace firm Stratolaunch, which has built a colossal airplane designed to launch satellites into orbit. He has also backed research into nuclear-fusion power.
When he released his 2011 memoir, "Idea Man," he allowed 60 Minutes inside his home on Lake Washington, across the water from Seattle, revealing collections that included the guitar Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock to vintage war planes and a 300-foot yacht with its own submarine.
Allen served as Microsoft's executive vice president of research and new product development until 1983, when he resigned after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"To be 30 years old and have that kind of shock — to face your mortality — really makes you feel like you should do some of the things that you haven't done yet," Allen said in a 2000 book, "Inside Out: Microsoft in Our Own Words."
Two weeks ago, Allen announced that the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that he was treated for in 2009 had returned and he planned to fight it aggressively.
"My brother was a remarkable individual on every level," his sister Jody Allen said in a statement. "Paul's family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern," she added.
Allen never married or had children.
His influence is firmly imprinted on the cultural landscape of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, from the bright metallic Museum of Pop Culture designed by architect Frank Gehry to the computer science center at the University of Washington that bears his name.
In 1988 at 35, he bought the Portland Trail Blazers professional basketball team. He told The Associated Press that "for a true fan of the game, this is a dream come true."
He also was a part owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, a major league soccer team, and bought the Seattle Seahawks. Allen could sometimes be seen at games or chatting in the locker room with players.
Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) – A child online safety programme launched by Grameenphone, Telenor Group, and Unicef, has recently reached more than 200,000 children of the country.
The initial target of the program was to reach 400,000 children, aged between 11 to 16 years, and sensitizing 50,000 parents, guardians and teachers across the country over safer internet experiences, said a press release.
The nationwide initiative titled ‘Be Smart, Use Heart’ held training in schools across the country focusing primarily on building awareness on the safety measures in digital learning.
The programme also included the Child Helpline hotline (1098) service from where youth and guardians can directly receive counseling and other supports.
Dhaka, Oct14 (UNB)- Grameenphone, a leading telecommunications service provider of the country on Sunday introduced a new number series ‘013,’ alongside the existing ‘017’ series.
The new number series was unveiled at a local hotel by Brigadier General Md Mustafa Kamal, Director General (E&O) of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).
Grameenphone’s Deputy CEO and CMO, Yasir Azman, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Mahmud Hossain and other senior officials of the company were present on the occasion, along with the representatives from the media.
The first official call of 013 has been made by Yasir Azman to Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar.
During the telephone conversation the minister said that “I congratulate you for the courage you have shown by spreading the network, I believe it won’t be difficult for you to maintain quality for the huge number of customers.”
Grameenphone started its journey on March 26, 1997 with ‘017’ number series and currently serving 71 million customers, making it one of the top 20 mobile operators in the world in subscriber numbers.
The new SIM cards with “013” numbers will be available at all SIM selling outlets, just like the “017” numbers and at the same price.
Dhaka, Oct 14 (UNB) - Leading digital services provider Robi has become the first telecom company in Bangladesh to achieve International Standards Certification ‘ISO 9001:2015’ on Quality Management System.
Sandeep Das, managing director of Intertek Bangladesh, handed over the certificate to Robi’s managing director and CEO Mahtab Uddin Ahmed at the telecom operator’s corporate office in the city’s Gulshan area recently.
Robi’s Chief Financial officer Roni Tohme, Vice President (Corporate Process Improvement & Compliance) Mohammad Sultan Mahmud and other officials of the telecom service provider, among others, were present on the occasion.
Achieving this coveted certification attests that Robi has successfully implemented a quality management system in which all processes and procedures have been carefully designed and quality-tested according to international standards.
Robi has been consistently maintaining this standard for the last 10 years.
ISO 9001 is the world’s most widely recognized benchmark for quality management system.
The standard helps organizations to consistently meet the needs of customers and other key stakeholders in terms of delivery of products & services and their continuous improvement.
Cape Canaveral, Oct 13 (AP/UNB) — Another NASA space telescope has shut down and halted science observations.
Less than a week after the Hubble Space Telescope went offline, the Chandra X-ray Observatory did the same thing. NASA said Friday that Chandra's automatically went into so-called safe mode Wednesday, possibly because of a gyroscope problem.
Hubble went into hibernation last Friday due to a gyroscope failure.
Both orbiting observatories are old and in well-extended missions: Hubble is 28, while Chandra is 19. Flight controllers are working to resume operations with both.
NASA said it's coincidental both went "asleep" within a week of one another. An astronomer who works on Chandra, Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, tweeted Friday that "Chandra decided that if Hubble could have a little vacation, it wanted one, too."
Launched by space shuttles in the 1990s, Hubble and Chandra are part of NASA's Great Observatories series. The others are the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, which was also launched in the 1990s but eventually failed and was destroyed, and the Spitzer Space Telescope, launched in 2003 and still working. Each was intended to observe the cosmos in different wavelengths.