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UC Berkeley Hosts Jordanian King Along With GoogleX Balloon-Based Internet Chief

By Brandon Mercer
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His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan speaks during the Opening Ceremony & Leaders Panel at the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum at ExCel on October 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images for 9th World Islamic Economic Forum)

His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan speaks during the Opening Ceremony & Leaders Panel at the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum at ExCel on October 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images for 9th World Islamic Economic Forum)

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BERKELEY (CBS SF) — He may be royalty, but Jordan’s King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein knows a thing or two about entrepreneurship and technology, which he’ll be sharing Tuesday morning at a UC Berkeley forum on innovation in the Middle East.

King Abdullah will share the stage with Mike Cassidy from GoogleX’s Project Loon, a plan once thought to be just a parody, but later confirmed to be a real effort to bring the Internet to the world using balloon-based Internet stations floating in the stratosphere.

Other leaders speaking include Jordanian dignitaries and the CEOs of Twindom and Zaytouneh.

The event is 10:45 a.m. at Chevron Auditorium.

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