Earlier this month Allen announced that the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that he was treated for in 2009 had returned and he planned to fight it aggressively. Allen and Bill Gates met while attending a private school in north Seattle. The two friends would later drop out of college to pursue the future they envisioned: A world with a computer in every home.
Robert Pitofsky, a scholar of antitrust law who as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission was credited with energizing the agency dubbed the “little old lady of Pennsylvania Avenue” with his forceful yet measured approach to competition and consumer protection, died Oct. 6. The agency under Pitofsky played a high-profile role in the merger of Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting in 1997, and of AOL and Time Warner in 2000. The latter deal was, at the time, the largest merger in U.S. history.