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September 22, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Microsoft IE vet heads to Google Fremont

After 15 years learning the software business at Microsoft, Chris Wilson was ready for a new school. The principal program manager on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team left Microsoft yesterday for a new job as a developer advocate for Google, based at its Fremont office. “I’ve learned a tremendous amount at Microsoft, learned tons from all the people…


Comments | Topics: chrome, developers, Google

August 31, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Digg confirms new CEO from

Digg founder Kevin Rose confirmed on his blog that the Web media site’s new chief executive is Matt Williams, general manager of consumer payments at Williams joined Amazon in 1999 when the company acquired his startup, Rose has been interim chief executive since an April shakeup and recently launched a major redesign of…


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August 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Bill Gates cheers online education phenom

A former hedge fund manager offering free academic tutorials via YouTube has a pretty big fan in Medina. Sal Khan produces the short, free tutorials on topics such as biology and calculus from a closet in his Silicon Valley home. He’s reaching more than 200,000 viewers a month, including Bill Gates. Gates has been watching the videos…


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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…


Comments | Topics: facebook, Facebook, myspace

August 5, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Google buys Oregon tool vendor, builds up Portland shop

To build up its software toolkit for Web developers, Google today bought Instantiations, a Tualatin, Ore., company that makes tools for open-source developers. Google hasn’t yet announced the deal but Instantiations disclosed the deal on its Web site. The deal was also confirmed by Bellevue’s Corum Group, which represented Instantiations. Terms weren’t disclosed. A report in the…


Comments | Topics: Google, instantiations, Open source

August 2, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Delve sold to Limelight, expanding in Seattle

After four years and several overhauls of its business strategy, Seattle startup Delve Networks was sold today to Limelight Networks, an Arizona-based content delivery network. The price was undisclosed but one report – based on unnamed sources – pegged it at $10 million, a notch above the roughly $7 milion that Delve had raised from…


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July 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Seattle’s Daptiv sold, no layoffs expected

A California buyout company is acquiring Daptiv, a Seattle company that provides project and portfolio management software and services. Terms of the deal with Parallax Capital Partners of Laguna Hills, Calif., weren’t disclosed. A spokeswoman said all Daptiv employees will be retained except for Chief Executive Mark Klebanoff, who is being replaced by John Baldwin, a…


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