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November 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Doubling down on casino games in Seattle

Seattle’s becoming the new Barbary Coast. First it legalizes marijuana. Next it’s likely to become the hub for online gambling. The city’s already on the forefront of online casinos, with Seattle companies building some of the leading virtual-gambling operations on Facebook and mobile devices such as Apple’s iPad and iPhones. For now they’re using virtual chips —…

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Comments | Topics: big fish, casino games, Casual games

October 23, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Zynga doing layoffs, closing studios; Seattle intact

Struggling social games giant Zynga is announcing sweeping layoffs and studio closures but it appears the company’s engineering office in Seattle was largely spared. Word of the layoffs surfaced earlier and was confirmed in an internal memo to employees from founder Mark Pincus. The memo said the company is cutting 5 percent of its full-time workers and…

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September 17, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Google filling Kirkland campus, more growth planned

Fishing’s still pretty good in Seattle, if you’re trying to catch a software engineer. Every month, it seems, another out-of-state tech company arrives on the shores of Lake Washington or Lake Union and throws out a line. There’s concern about whether there’s enough fish in the pond, especially with demand for software engineers outpacing the output of…

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Comments | Topics: chrome, Chrome OS, Education

June 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Study: Teens behaving worse online, parents clueless

Suprise, surprise. Parents think they’ve got a handle on their teens online activity, but most have no idea what their kids are up to on computers and smartphones. Confirming this is a new study by security vendor McAfee. It found that 73.5 percent of parents trust their teens won’t access inappropriate content online. Yet more than 70 percent…

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May 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM

D10: Zynga boss on Facebook, taking on Xbox Live

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Zynga Chief Executive Mark Pincus said things haven’t changed too much for his social-gaming company since it went public in December. Zynga and its close partner Facebook underwhelmed investors, but Pincus said the newly public Internet companies are strong regardless of their stock price. He’s being interviewed by Kara Swisher, co-host…

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May 14, 2012 at 9:34 AM

A closer look at Facebook IPO and Seattle NBA plan

Apparently not everyone appreciates my sense of humor. Including a certain major investor in Facebook who is trying to bring an NBA team back to Seattle. That would be Chris Hansen, the San Francisco hedge-fund manager orchestrating a deal to restore his beloved Seattle Sonics. Hansen called last week after I wrote a blog post about how…

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Comments | Topics: Billionaire techies, chris hansen, city of seattle

May 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

The pinstripe hoodie, for your next IPO roadshow

Finally, something acceptable for the upwardly mobile social networking executive to wear on Wall Street. Executive Hoodies are now being offered by San Francisco-based Betabrand, which makes them in the city. Their May 23 debut will be too late to help Mark Zuckerberg. But what a gift this would be for college grads, gearing up to look…

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