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You can't be a Silicon Valley billionaire without having your own initiative to build a big arse aircraft. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is most definitely a Silicon Valley billionaire, and today he proved that by pulling the world's largest aeroplane out of its hanger for the first time and showing the world what the future of rocket launches might look like.


Back in 1981, Bill Gates and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pulled of an audacious feat: they licensed MS-DOS to IBM in a deal that saw them retain entire control of the software. To mark the occasion, the pair were photographed amid a sea of contemporary computers — and now they've recreated the image.


In the past couple of weeks, the co-founders of Microsoft and Twitter have been attached to the same kinds of unsavoury stories that have long dogged the people behind Facebook, Apple, Zynga and other top tech firms. What is it about computers and money that instills villainy?


Yesterday, a new book on Bill Gates and Microsoft hit store shelves - Idea Man. Only this one has been penned by Microsoft co-creator Paul Allen, who appeared on 60 Minutes to talk about the early days of Microsoft; the computers they were writing software on, and just what went wrong along the way between the two co-creators.


Starting a business with your friend? Not always a good idea. Just look at Paul Allen who co-founded Microsoft with childhood friend Bill Gates. Allen is now a billionaire beyond belief, owning sports teams and super yachts, but his new book is taking jabs at Bill Gates and makes it look like Allen was more important in Microsoft than he really was.


If you haven't heard, Paul Allen, mostly famous for his early role at Microsoft has sued the entire world over patents field by his company Interval. The Wall Street Journal has a more in-depth look at the patents, and who he's suing for what. Spoiler: One of them is basically a news aggregator and another is a real time newsfeed, say running across the top of CNN.com.


It appears Microsoft's co-founder is a big fan of things that sink. Obviously an avid Beatles fan, Allen's latest toy is a fully functional 40-foot yellow submarine (not to be confused with a 40-foot Yello Sub, which would be an even worse investment). He's now a member of a small, exclusive clique of ultra-rich underwater explorers; about 100 personal submarines are floating around our oceans. Hopefully it came with better drivers than Vista (zing!).