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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

January 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Report: Microsoft acquires Blake Krikorian’s company

A company founded by former Amazon.com board member Blake Krikorian has apparently been acquired by Microsoft.

Silicon Valley executive Krikorian’s company, id8 Group R2 Studios — a home-entertainment technology startup — was reportedly bought by Microsoft for its Xbox unit, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter.

The Journal also reported that Krikorian would be joining Microsoft and that the acquisition included some patents.

Microsoft declined to confirm the report, saying it does not comment on rumors or speculation.

Reached by phone Wednesday, Krikorian confirmed his company had been acquired but declined to say by whom or what his plans are.

Krikorian had resigned from Amazon’s board late last year. An Amazon spokesman had said last week that Krikorian had “decided to resign because he has sold his company and is taking a position at the acquiring company.”

Krikorian, who had joined Amazon’s 10-member board in September 2011, was also a co-founder of Sling Media, which created the Slingbox for watching TV on computers and was sold to EchoStar in 2007, according to my colleague Amy Martinez’s report.

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