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Pope discusses ethics of artificial intelligence with Microsoft chief

Pope discusses ethics of artificial intelligence with Microsoft chiefMicrosoft President Brad Smith met Pope Francis on Wednesday to discuss the ethical use of artificial intelligence and ways to bridge the digital divide between rich and poor nations, the Vatican said. The head of the global tech giant and the 81-year-old Roman Catholic leader, who once said he is a “disaster” when it comes to technology, spoke for about 30 minutes in the pontiff’s residence. The pair discussed “artificial intelligence at the service of the common good and activities aimed at bridging the digital divide that still persists at the global level”, according to a statement.



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Microsoft 'waiting to find out' why Bing went offline in China

Microsoft 'waiting to find out' why Bing went offline in ChinaMicrosoft is still trying to figure out why its Bing search engine temporarily went offline in China, the company’s president said following speculation that it could have been blocked by censors. The US firm’s Chinese website, cn.bing.com, was accessible again late Thursday, one day after it suddenly went offline, temporarily taking away the most prominent foreign search engine in China. The disruption raised fears among social media users that it was the latest foreign website to be blocked by China.



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Microsoft to keep Pentagon bid amid ethics concerns

Microsoft to keep Pentagon bid amid ethics concernsMicrosoft said Friday it is prepared to provide its technology to the US military, including for a massive cloud computing project, despite ethics concerns among some of its employees and others in Silicon Valley. “All of us who live in this country depend on its strong defense,” Microsoft president Brad Smith said in a blog post. The statement came two weeks after Google dropped out of the bidding for the huge Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $ 10 billion.



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Paul Allen dies aged 65: Tributes to Microsoft co-founder who 'changed the world'

Paul Allen dies aged 65: Tributes to Microsoft co-founder who 'changed the world'Paul Allen, who founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates in 1975, has died at the age of 65.  Mr Allen, who suffered from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, was also a prominent philanthropist, donating billions to science, conservation and the arts.  Eight years after starting the company he received his first cancer diagnosis, but it was treated successfully, though it forced him to retire early from his role at Microsoft. He developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009, which had been in remission until it returned earlier this year.  In a statement released at the start of this month, Mr Allen said he planned to fight the disease "aggressively".  “A lot has happened in medicine since I overcame this disease in 2009. My doctors are optimistic that I will see good results from the latest therapies, as am I," he said.  Bill Gates, left, and Paul Allen chat during a basketball game in Seattle Credit: AP On Monday his sister Jody Allen called him a "remarkable individual on every level".  "While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.   "For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends.  "At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day," she said.  Mr Gates led the tributes from the tech world, remembering Mr Allen as "one of my oldest and dearest friends." "Personal computing would not have existed without him," Mr Gates added. "He was fond of saying, 'If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it.' That's the kind of person he was." Very sad to hear of Paul Allen’s passing. His passion for invention and pushing forward inspired so many. He was relentless to the end. My heart goes out to Paul’s family and friends.— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) October 15, 2018 Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said his contributions to technology had been "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," he said.  Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said the tech industry had "lost a pioneer and our world has lost a force for good". Mr Allen never married and had no children, and was sometimes described as reclusive.  His early exit from Microsoft meant he dedicated much of his life to scientific and technological research, including the foundation of the Allen Institute, which began by focusing on neuroscience but has widened its approach to cover bioscience, and a more recent project to build a reusable space plane, designed to launch satellites.  So sad to hear about the passing of Paul Allen. Among many other things he was a pioneer of commercial space travel. We shared a belief that by exploring space in new ways we can improve life on Earth. All our thoughts are with his loved ones.— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) October 15, 2018 He also owned American football team the Seattle Seahawks and basketball team the Portland Trailblazers.  In a joint statement the organisations paid tribute to Mr Allen.  On their behalf Bill Hilf, CEO of Vulcan, which oversaw his businesses, said: "All of us who had the honour of working with Paul feel inexpressible loss today.  Sad to hear of the passing of Paul Allen, who was a strong advocate for environmental protection. He and the team at Vulcan played a pivotal role in developing the Shark Conservation Fund alongside LDF. His legacy lives on via his incredible work as a philanthropist and investor.— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) October 16, 2018 "He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make profound and lasting impact. "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."



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Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder, Dead At 65

Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder, Dead At 65Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks and



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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Gave $100,000 To Help GOP Keep The House, Filings Show

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Gave $  100,000 To Help GOP Keep The House, Filings ShowMicrosoft co-founder Paul Allen donated $ 100,000 to a political fundraising



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Microsoft sinks data centre off Scottish archipelago

Microsoft sinks data centre off Scottish archipelagoUS tech giant Microsoft has submerged a data centre off the Orkney archipelago in northern Scotland in a project to save on the energy used to cool the servers on land, the firm said Wednesday. The Northern Isles data centre consists of a 40-foot (12.2 metre) long white cylinder containing 864 servers — enough to store five million movies — and can lie on the seabed for up to five years. “More than half of the world’s population lives within about 120 miles of the coast,” Microsoft said on its website, describing the data centre as a “milestone” for the company.



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This is why Warren Buffett will never invest in Microsoft

This is why Warren Buffett will never invest in MicrosoftThe afternoon Q&A session of the Berkshire Hathaway 2018 Annual Shareholders



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Team backed by Microsoft co-founder Allen finds WWII wreck

Team backed by Microsoft co-founder Allen finds WWII wreckJUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — 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.



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Microsoft co-founder discovers sunken WWII aircraft carrier

Microsoft co-founder discovers sunken WWII aircraft carrierMicrosoft co-founder Paul Allen led a team of deep sea explorers to quite the discovery off the coast of Australia. The Seattle billionaire's team announced on Monday they'd found the wreckage of the USS Lexington, an American aircraft carrier from WWII sunk by the Japanese military.  SEE ALSO: Divers find undetonated WWII bomb lurking in city harbour Discovered lying dormant in the Coral Sea, over 500 miles off the coast of eastern Australia, the Lexington was discovered by Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel on March 4.  According to a post on Allen's website, the Lexington, launched in 1925, was one of the first U.S. aircraft carriers built, but was originally meant as a battlecruiser. "Lady Lex," as the vessel became known, was sunk carrying 35 aircraft. Remarkably preserved aircraft on the seabed bearing the five-pointed star insignia of the U.S. Army Air Forces.Image: DOUGLAS CURRAN/AFP/Getty Images“
Lexington was on our priority list because she was one of the capital ships that was lost during WWII,” said Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations, in the post. “We’ve been planning to locate the Lexington for about six months and it came together nicely.” The wreckage was found some 3,000 metres (two miles) below the surface of the Coral Sea.Image: DOUGLAS CURRAN/AFP/Getty Images"Lady Lex" was reportedly part of the first carrier vs. carrier battle in history, the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942, and was recruited to curb Japanese advances on Australia and Papua New Guinea.  After surviving multiple torpedo hits, a secondary explosion within the Lexington called for crew and officers to abandon ship, and 2,770 people were rescued — apparently including the captain's dog, Wags.  The wreckage was found by the team's research vessel, the R/V Petrel.Image: DOUGLAS CURRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesAllen's philanthropic priorities have been focused on ocean exploration, conservation and research for many years, funding shark research surveys and teaming up with NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory to deploy deep ocean floats in key observation areas. And it's not the first battleship mystery he's helped to solve either — in 2015, he and his team said they discovered the remains of the Musashi, once one of the two largest warships in the world, near the Philippines. WATCH: We could see a decline in King Penguins thanks to — you guessed it — climate change



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