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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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April 13, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Q&A: Zynga founder on Seattle hiring spree, Amazon, Facebook

The line was out the door Tuesday night at the new Seattle office of Zynga, the red hot San Francisco social games company. About 175 engineers and game developers crammed into the space in the Washington Shoe Building in Pioneer Square. Zynga called it a launch party, but it was really a recruiting event, the…


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January 13, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Cubeduel launches, a “hot or not” for LinkedIn

Two Seattle startup veterans today launched a venture that adds a little competition to LinkedIn, letting the business network users rank colleagues. uses the LinkedIn API to call up a poll when you sign in to the site. It pulls up contacts with experience at the same company and lets users vote on which…


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August 11, 2010 at 10:39 AM

MySpace gets makeover, more Facebookish

It may be too late to catch up with Facebook, but MySpace is trying with a new page design it announced today, giving users a preview of a makeover that takes effect on Monday. The new page “prominently displays the activity stream and simplifies the content discovery experience,” MySpace said in the announcement. MySpace is owned by…


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April 27, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Microsoft debuts Vine in Seattle: Twitter+Facebook on steroids

It’s been awhile since Microsoft introduced a game-changing social Web application, but Vine — a service that’s debuting today with a beta test in Seattle — could be a contender.

Vine is a hyperlocal, personalized message and alert system. It’s intended to be a dashboard that people can use to keep tabs of their family, friends, activities and major events in their community.

The dashboard — which appears as a widget on a PC screen — displays a map of the user’s community and the status of their contacts. It also has buttons to send alerts or reports, which can be sent and received on the PC or as text messages on a cellphone.


Vine could be used by families, schools or soccer teams to notify people of schedules and changes. Individuals could use it as a central hub to keep track of local news and data feeds and updates from services such as Facebook.

But Microsoft’s main emphasis now is providing Vine to emergency management officials, who are intrigued by a new tool that could be used to broadcast and receive information during a disaster or other major event.


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