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Evelyn Berezin, 93, Dies; Built the First True Word Processor

One of her early computers was designed for the Defense Department to make range calculations for artillery pieces and other big guns to hit their targets. When Underwood Typewriter bought Electronic Computer in 1957 and discontinued computer development, Ms. Berezin moved to Teleregister, a Connecticut company, where she designed an …

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James H. Billington, 89, Dies; Led Library of Congress Into Digital Age

In 2005, he proposed the World Digital Library, a partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, known as Unesco, that has placed online research materials and rich collections from national libraries and other institutions worldwide. The site, www.wdl.org, was launched in 2009 and features more than 11,000 …

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Barry Rand, Barrier-Breaking Chief Executive, Is Dead at 74

Barry Rand, who in 1999 became one of the few African-American chief executives of a Fortune 500 company when he took control of Avis, the rental car company, after being passed over for the top job at Xerox, died on Nov. 7 in an assisted living facility in Norwalk, Conn. …

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Mario Segale, Developer Who Inspired Nintendo to Name Super Mario, Dies at 84

Mario A. Segale, a Seattle-area real estate developer who unwittingly lent his name to perhaps the most famous video game character in history — Nintendo’s Mario — died at a local hospital on Oct. 27. He was 84. The death was of natural causes, according to Kim G. Brown, a …

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Paul G. Allen, Microsoft’s Co-Founder, Is Dead at 65

[Read a review of “Idea Man.”] “They were bemoaning my recent lack of production and discussing how they might dilute my Microsoft equity by issuing options to themselves and other shareholders,” Mr. Allen wrote. But Mr. Allen held his ground and his shares. Mr. Gates said in a statement on …

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