Times are good for
young tech entrepreneur Lorenzo Thione, an Italian wiz whose
search-engine company Powerset was recently purchased
by Microsoft for $100 million.
The Silicon Valley
just published a photo of Thione wearing a formfitting
blue-and-white bathing suit, posing with two friends in front
of Celebrity Cruises'
ship. According to Valleywag, the boat was docked somewhere in
the Caribbean in the midst of a gay cruise.
Powerset is a
natural-language search engine, a site that can find targeted
answers to questions. Using such a site would allow people to
find answers to questions like "Why is the sky
blue?" by typing that question into the search field, as
opposed to current engines like Google and Yahoo, which simply
search for words or phrases. Microsoft purchased the San
Francisco-based Powerset on August 1, 2008. Thione founded
Powerset with the Los Angeles-born Barney Pell in 2005.