Paul Allen (above), the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, is suing 11 hi-tech giants, among them Apple, eBay and Facebook, for copyright infringement. 'This lawsuit against some of America's most innovative companies reflects an unfortunate trend of people trying to compete in the courtroom instead of the marketplace,' said a spokesman for one of the accused, Google Inc ... Google has an 85.8 per cent share of the global search market, with 7.2 billion page views per day. The firm employs the world's largest team of translators - some pages are even available in Klingon. It's main campus, the Googleplex, has 17 restaurants providing free gourmet meals to employees. To oversee the eateries, the firm employed Charlie Ayers, former chef for the Grateful Dead ... From 1965 to 1995, the Grateful Dead played an average of 200 concerts a year. The band's popularity came about not through record-company marketing campaigns, but through their encouragement of fans to make and exchange recordings of their concerts, going so far as to set up recording areas for this purpose at venues. The group earned cult status in America and lead singer Jerry Garcia was once treated to a personal tour of the White House by then-vice-president Al Gore ... As vice-president, Gore presided over the longest period of economic expansion the United States has ever seen. Often ridiculed in the press for his dubious comments (he once said 'a zebra does not change its spots' while attempting to insult George W. Bush) and his 'most-likely-to-succeed' wardrobe, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate wowed the crowd during his Oscar acceptance speech in 2007 by donning an unusually (for him) stylish tuxedo by luxury designer Ralph Lauren ... The 173rd richest person in the world, with a fortune worth US$4.6 billion, Lauren started life as Ralph Rueben Lifshitz from the Bronx. The designer has built a collection of vintage cars, which includes 14 Ferraris. The fashion mogul recently purchased a Bugatti Veyron, the fastest legal street car in the world, joining a small group of owners that includes heir apparent to the presidency of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue ... In a country that languishes at the bottom of the United Nations' Human Development Index, a gauge of quality of life, the fortysomething enjoys a conspicuously lavish lifestyle. The favourite offspring of an alleged cannibal and definite tyrant once paid US$400,000 to hire the 301-foot yacht Tatoosh. The yacht, which has space for two helicopters, is owned by philanthropist Paul Allen.