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Microsoft Co-Founder Dies.
Computer pioneer Paul Allen passed away yesterday from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 65. Allen launched Microsoft with partner Bill Gates in 1973 - Allen was the one who famously convinced Gates to drop out of Harvard to launch the company in 1975. Allen officially left the company in 1982 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma (see the difference between the two lymphomas), but retained a large share of the company and remained on the board until the year 2000. In his later years Allen was an investor, philanthropist, technologist, and owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers. At his death Allen had an estimated net worth of about $25B, making him the 43rd-richest person in the world. 
NBA Season Tips Off.
The NBA returns tonight with the Boston Celtics taking on the Philadelphia 76ers, followed by the defending champion Golden State Warriors hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder. The games close out one of the most highly anticipated off-seasons in recent memory - established superstar LeBron James left his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers, young superstar Kawhi Leonard joined the Toronto Raptors after relations soured with the San Antonio Spurs, and the dominant Warriors added four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to their roster. With the addition of Cousins the Warriors not only remain intact - star free agent Kevin Durant quickly re-signed with the team early in the summer - but increase the odds to win their 4th championship in 5 years. See odds for all 32 teams here
The drama surrounding missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi continues to grow, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi King Salman over the incident today. The King denied that the Saudi government played a role in the journalist's disappearance in a phone call with President Trump, a claim that runs counter to evidence supplied by Turkish officials that allegedly prove Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd. Previous reports have also suggested that an "assassination squad" was dispatched with the explicit approval of high-ranking Saudi officials - though King Salman himself may not have been aware. Pompeo's visit comes as rumors surface that the Saudis are preparing a report claiming that Khashoggi was killed accidentally during an interrogation in the Turkish consulate that went awry. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Family of late singer Amy Winehouse sign on for biopic movie to begin filming in 2019; proceeds to benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation (More)
> Milwaukee Brewers defeat LA Dodgers to lead 2-1 in NL Championship series as they look for first World Series berth in 36 years (More) | See MLB playoff review, schedule (More)
> Kanye West, Kim Kardashian visit Uganda, meet with President Yoweri Museveni (More)
Science & Technology.
> Scientists show they can regrow sensory hairs in the inner ear that convert sound to electrical signals, pointing towards new therapies for hearing loss (More)
> Massachusetts Institute of Technology plans $1B college for cross-cutting artificial intelligence education (More)
> Study finds male gorillas who babysit have 5 times as many of their own offspring; suggests caretaking is one way to "outcompete" other potential mates (More)
Business & Markets.
> US retail spending increases slightly in September; up 4.7% over last year (More)
> Fidelity launches platform for institutional cryptocurrency trading (More)
> Cloud9, Esports business which fields teams in various competitions, raises $50M (More) | Esports 101 (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Washington, DC Catholic Church releases list of 31 clergy members credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors since 1948 (More)
> Report says Myanmar military orchestrated disinformation campaign on Facebook ahead of 2017 Rohingya refugee crisis (More)
> Federal judge dismisses Stormy Daniels defamation lawsuit against President Trump; suit to allow Daniels to be released from non-disclosure clause continues (More) | Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) gets DNA test completed showing traces of Native American heritage, challenges Trump to make good on bet (More)
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In Depth.
The Banana is Dying.
Wired | Matt Reynolds. The TR4 pathogen targets the Cavendish banana with extreme prejudice. It’s pesticide resistant and kills droves of bananas with haste. There’s one huge problem - the Cavendish banana accounts for 99% of all banana exports in the world. See inside the efforts to save one of the world’s most beloved fruits. (Read)
A Note from a Chinese Prisoner. 
Vox | Rossalyn A. Warren. After buying a purse from Walmart, Christel Wallace found a small piece of paper folded up inside. In Mandarin, the message spoke of the inhumane forced labor that prisoners in China had endured in making the purse with 14-hour work days and hardly any breaks. What would - or should - someone do after finding such a note? (Read)
58% of the world's internet usage goes to streaming video.
Study says global warming may result in worldwide beer shortages.
LinkedIn CEO says America's biggest skills gap is in communication and leadership skills
Here are the 15 best fall hiking trails across the US
10-year-old nails "Enter Sandman" during Foo Fighters concert.
China falls in love with a set of white tiger triplets
Heavyweight boxing champ temporarily forgets that mascots have human beings inside.  
Iowa State marching band integrates inflatable dinosaur costumes into routine
Clickbait: California deputies use Doritos to round up loose pig
Historybook: Marie Antoinette is executed (1793); HBD author Oscar Wilde (1854); Walt Disney Company is founded (1923); HBD actress Angela Lansbury (1925); RIP Tony, Academy, and Emmy Award-winning actress Shirley Booth (1992).
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