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March 14, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Games for kids and budding computer scientists

Lots of feedback was generated by Monday’s column on Facebook’s Jocelyn Goldfein and encouraging women to study computer science. Goldfein mentioned that when she was a young girl, her grandmother introduced her to logic games. One reader asked what sort of games Goldfein would recommend for kids, because he’d like to encourage his daughter and nieces…

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March 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Facebook director on women, computing and careers

If video games can inspire boys to study computer science, perhaps Facebook can have the same effect on girls. Something has to change because the number of female computer-science students has mysteriously fallen since the mid-1980s, when nearly 40 percent of the majors were women. Lately it’s been less than 20 percent, according to the More

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October 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Barton backs Nextdoor, after Washington Park tryout

Seattle tech investor Rich Barton has another project, which he tested at his home in the Washington Park neighborhood. Called Nextdoor, it’s a new platform for creating neighborhood Web sites that function as bulletin boards, newsletters and notification systems. Neighborhoods can use Nextdoor sites – which it calls “private social networks” – to do…

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October 3, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Rhapsody buying Napster, Best Buy gets part of Rhapsody

In response to growing competition in the subscription music business, Seattle’s Rhapsody is buying Napster from Best Buy. As part of the deal, Best Buy is getting a minority stake in Rhapsody, which was spun out of RealNetworks last year. Rhapsody and Napster are the two largest “premium” subscription music companies in the U.S., the companies…

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September 22, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Video: Facebook’s new Timeline profile

Here’s the great demo video of Facebook’s new Timeline feature. The video also captures the maturation of Facebook and its users, who have gone from keeping up with friends to keeping with friends’ kids. Timeline’s taking the practice of posting your old yearbook photos to the extreme: It becomes a repository for mementos of your whole…

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July 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Google+ stats: 10 million signups, 1.8 million returns

People rushed to sign up for Google’s new social networking service, but they’re taking their time returning to the site. That’s the read by Experian Hitwise, which released a report saying Google+ drew 1.8 million total visits last week. More than 10 million people registered for the service after it launched in a limited test starting…

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July 14, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Video: Hands-on the Facebook phone

Here’s a quick video showing the photo-sharing feature on the HTC Status, the new phone that HTC developed with Facebook. It goes on sale Sunday for $50 with a two-year AT&T contract and a minimum $15 per month data plan. The device has a dedicated Facebook button below the keyboard that you press to post or…

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July 6, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Facebook announces Skype video chat, group chat

Facebook today announced a new video calling feature powered by Skype, extending the social networking giant’s deep ties with Microsoft. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg also unveiled a new design for messaging and a “group chat” feature for starting ad hoc conversation circles, similar to features in Google+, the new social networking platform Google unveiled…

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June 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Facebook’s Zuckerberg hiring in Seattle (updated w/Zuck quotes)

There may be some additional westbound traffic on Highway 520 this evening. Facebook’s hosting a special recruiting event at its Seattle office, which has bulked up with former Microsoft and Google engineers since it opened near Pike Place Market last year. The company had scheduled a tech talk for tonight with its vice president…

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