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September 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Seattle startup with Microsoft ties invents automatic brewing machine

If you were one of the top guys who spent much of the 2000s trying to get Microsoft to develop tablet computers, you might be ready for a drink.

Or two.

Fortunately, that guy — Bill Mitchell — has figured out how to easily produce a never-ending supply of absolutely top-notch beer, in any style and flavor you can imagine.

Bill Mitchell, left and Avi Geiger, formerly of Microsoft, with their PicoBrew home beer-brewing machine. Photo by Greg Gilbert, Times staff photographer.

Bill Mitchell, left and Avi Geiger, formerly of Microsoft, with their PicoBrew home beer-brewing machine. Photo by Greg Gilbert, Times staff photographer.

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Comments | Topics: beer, Entrepreneurs, food

March 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Code.org update: Film reaches 12 million, draws 10,000 schools

Code.org hit its first big milestones, and them some. Two weeks after the nonprofit released a celebrity-studded film urging kids to study computer science, the film has been viewed more than 12 million times and at one point was the most-viewed film on YouTube. Nearly 10,000 schools asked Code.org to help them add computer science to…

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Comments | Topics: Billionaire techies, computer science, Education

February 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

New Windows 8 PC phone revealed, plus tablet and desktop

One of the most intriguing new phones being unveiled at this week’s big wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, may be a sleek new Windows model developed in Redmond. It’s not coming from Microsoft, which will have a relatively low profile at this year’s   Mobile World Congress. The  phone I’m most curious about is being made by a…

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Comments | Topics: BlackBerry 10, Entrepreneurs, gadgets

December 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Microsoft millions buy SF’s priciest home, a fixer-upper

Ever wonder what becomes of the jillions that Microsoft spends to buy far-flung companies? Expensive houses, for one thing. Check out the latest move by David Sacks, chief executive of Yammer, the San Francisco-based business social network that Microsoft bought for $1.2 billion in June. Word surfaced this week that Sacks just bought a new house…

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December 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Microsoft vet Blake Irving named Go Daddy’s big daddy

It was only a matter of time before Blake Irving was snapped up by another tech company. Today Irving was named chief executive of Go Daddy, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based web hosting and domain registrar that leads the market but is known particularly for its tawdry advertising. Irving (pictured) starts Jan. 7, succeeding interim Chief Executive Scott Wagner….

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December 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

SEOmoz buys another Portland startup

Putting its buckets of venture capital to use, Seattle’s SEOmoz bought another small Portland company to round out its portfolio of online marketing tools. SEOmoz is announcing today that it paid $3 million in cash and stock for GetListed.org, a two-person Portland company that’s helped more than 2 million small businesses build their online presence…

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December 3, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Seattle tech forecast: Cloudy with showers of cash

It’s revenge-of-the-nerds time in Seattle. The cool kids in Silicon Valley usually get all the attention. But the tables are turning, now that it’s getting harder to make a killing with a clever app or website. Lately, the Valley’s been fretting about a slowdown in venture funding for consumer Web companies. Venture capitalist Fred Wilson opined…

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