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Paul Allen

Paul Gardner Allen was an American business magnate, researcher and philanthropist. He is best known for co-founding Microsoft Corporation with childhood friend Bill Gates in 1975, which helped spark the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s and became the world's largest personal computer software company. Allen was ranked as the 44th-wealthiest person in the world by Forbes in 2018, with an estimated net worth of $20.3 billion at the time of his death. Allen left active operations at Microsoft in early 1983 after a Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis, remaining on its board as vice chairman, he and his sister, Jody Allen, founded Vulcan Inc. in 1986, a held company that managed his various business and philanthropic efforts. He had a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio including technology and media companies, scientific research, real estate holdings, private space flight ventures, stakes in other sectors, he owned the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association, was part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer.

In 2000 he resigned from his position on Microsoft's board and assumed the post of senior strategy advisor to the company's management team. Allen was the founder of the Allen Institutes for Brain Science, Artificial Intelligence and Cell Science, as well as companies like Stratolaunch Systems and Apex Learning, he gave more than $2 billion to causes such as education and environmental conservation, the arts, community services and more. In 2004, he funded the first manned private spaceplane with SpaceShipOne, he received numerous awards and honors in several different professions and was listed among the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007 and 2008. Allen was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009, he died of septic shock related to the cancer on October 15, 2018. Allen was born on January 21, 1953, in Seattle, Washington, to Kenneth Sam Allen and Edna Faye Allen, he attended Lakeside School, a private school in Seattle where he befriended Bill Gates, with whom he shared an enthusiasm for computers, they used Lakeside's Teletype terminal to develop their programming skills on several time-sharing computer systems.

They used the laboratory of the Computer Science Department of the University of Washington, doing personal research and computer programming. Gates and Allen joined with Ric Weiland and Gates' childhood best friend and first collaborator, Kent Evans, to form the Lakeside Programing Club and find bugs in Computer Center Corporation's software, in exchange for extra computer time. In 1972, After Evan's sudden death due to a mountain climbing accident, Gates turned to Allen for help finishing an automated system of Lakeside's entire class scheduling procedure, they formed Traf-O-Data to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor. According to Allen, he and Gates would go "dumpster diving" in their teenage years for computer program code. Allen attained a perfect SAT score of 1600 and went to Washington State University, where he joined the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, he dropped out of college after two years to work as a programmer for Honeywell in Boston near Harvard University where Gates was enrolled.

Allen convinced Gates to drop out of Harvard. Allen and Gates formed Microsoft in 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, began marketing a BASIC programming language interpreter, with their first employee being high school friend and collaborator Ric Weiland. Allen came up with the name of "Micro-Soft", a combination of "microcomputer" and "software". Microsoft committed to deliver a disk operating system to IBM for the original IBM PC in 1980, although they had not yet developed one, Allen spearheaded a deal for Microsoft to purchase QDOS written by Tim Paterson, employed at Seattle Computer Products; as a result of this transaction, Microsoft secured a contract to supply the DOS that ran on IBM's PC line and led to Allen's and Gates' wealth and success. The relationship became less close between Allen and Gates as they argued over small things. Allen left Microsoft in 1982 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, though he remained on the board of directors as vice chairman. Gates asked Allen to give him some of his shares to compensate for the higher amount of work that Gates was doing.

According to Allen, Gates said that he "did everything on BASIC" and the company should be split 60–40 in his favor. Allen agreed to this arrangement, which Gates renegotiated to 64–36. In 1983, Gates tried to buy Allen out at $5 per share, but Allen refused and left the company with his shares intact. Gates repaired his relationship with Allen, the two men donated $2.2 million to their childhood school Lakeside in 1986. They retained a friendship for the rest of Allen's life. Allen resigned from his position on the Microsoft board of directors on November 9, 2000, but he remained as a senior strategy advisor to the company's executives. In January 2014, he still held 100 million shares of Microsoft. Vulcan Capital is an investment arm of Allen's Seattle-based Vulcan Inc. which has managed his personal fortune. In 2013, Allen opened a new Vulcan Capital office in Palo Alto, California, to focus on making new investments in emerging technology and internet companies. Patents: Allen held 43 patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Apps: Allen backed A. R. O; the startup behind the mobile app Saga.

Briton Ferry West

Briton Ferry West is an electoral ward of Neath Port Talbot county borough, Wales. Briton Ferry West falls within the parish of Briton Ferry. Briton Ferry West consists of some or all of the districts of Brynhyfryd, Giant's Grave and Warren Hill in the parliamentary constituency of Aberavon, it is bounded by the wards of Coedffranc West to the west. The ward consists of marshland to the northwest, a residential district in the middle and industrial land to the southwest. In the 2008 local council elections, the electorate turnout was 36.55%. The results were: 2012 Local Council Elections Only one nomination was received for the 2012 Local Council Elections in the ward, the sitting Councillor Hugh James. Cllr James continued to represent the ward with no contest. 2017 Local Council Elections Only one nomination was received for the 2017 Local Council Elections in the ward, the current Councillor Hugh James. Cllr James continued to represent the ward with no contest

2010 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships

The 2010 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships was a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was the 18th edition of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, was part of the International Series of the 2010 ATP World Tour, it took place at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach, United States, from February 22 through February 28, 2010. Unseeded Ernests Gulbis won the singles title. Rankings as of February 15, 2010; the following players received wildcards into the main draw: Tommy Haas Sébastien Grosjean Vincent SpadeaThe following players received entry from the qualifying draw: Kevin Anderson Ryan Harrison Robert Kendrick Nick Lindahl Ernests Gulbis defeated Ivo Karlović, 6–2, 6–3. It was Gulbis' first singles title of his career. Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan defeated Philipp Marx / Igor Zelenay, 6–3, 7–6. Official website