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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

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May 25, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Interview: Why and how Google bought Sparkbuy

Networking really is worthwhile for startup entrepreneurs, or at least the ones who want to sell their companies to Google. Dan Shapiro said friendships and chance encounters helped him start comparison shopping site Sparkbuy last year and sell it to Google in a deal announced on Monday. Shapiro and Scott Silver, site director of Google’s Kirkland campus,…


Comments | Topics: Google, Startups, Tech work

March 28, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Cheezburger memes up, buys NY-based

Two months after raising $30 million, Seattle-based Cheezburger (the humor network formerly known as spent a chunk of the money buying New York-based Know Your Meme. Know Your Meme operates a sort of meme-o-pedia – an online reference guide that aggregates and categorizes the ideas or concepts that build up enough online traction to become…


Comments | Topics: Cheezburger, Entrepreneurs, Startups

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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December 1, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Cozi cozies up AOL, Intel, Working Mother

The Cozi family is getting bigger. The Seattle company today announced that AOL and Working Mother will use its family calendar and communication platform, which should boost the site’s usage beyond its current 3 million members. Cozi helped AOL’s create the “MyDaily Family Organizer.” With Working Mother, it built a “Family Control Center” that connects…


Comments | Topics: aol, Cozi, Gadgets & products

November 17, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Pastor: Thou shall not use Facebook

Click bait of the day: A New Jersey pastor is suggesting his flock drop their Facebook accounts after so many of them got into marital trouble finding old flames on the site. In just the past six months, 40 of the 1,100 members of the Living Word Christian Fellowship Church had such problems, according to More

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October 13, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Conversation Prism 3.0 released, where’s Microsoft?

Silicon Valley marketing guru Brian Solis and the Jess3 creative agency released a new version of their “Conversation Prism” diagramming the “social media universe.” Version 3.0 is just in time for Web 3.0, but where’s Microsoft? Maybe I missed something, but beyond Newsvine, which was acquired by in 2007, I couldn’t see any Microsoft services…


Comments | Topics: conversation prism, Microsoft, newsvine

September 27, 2010 at 4:42 PM

GigaOm: TechCrunch selling to AOL

Nice scoop — if it’s true — by GigaOM: AOL is close to buying TechCrunch. An excerpt: The deal is at a sensitive stage and might fall apart yet, but I don’t think so. Sources familiar with both entities says that the announcement is likely to come onstage at Disrupt, TechCrunch’s flagship conference currently underway…


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