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December 12, 2007 at 9:24 AM dropping IPO filing, which was hoping to cash in on the social networking phenomenon by filing for an initial public offering, said today it is stopping the effort because of unfavorable market conditions. Classmates Media, which has offices in Renton, runs the long-standing Web sites that connect alumni in schools across the country, as well as military personnel…


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December 11, 2007 at 11:14 AM

Sprint to go live with Xohm very soon

Sprint is planning to launch its WiMax networks in Chicago and Baltimore-Washington, D.C., within the week, according to Telephony magazine. Sprint officials told Telephony that the soft launch will extend only to Sprint employees and is intended to prepare the networks for a broader trial early next year. At first, they will cover the…


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December 11, 2007 at 11:00 AM

CTIA: The top stories of 2007

Today CTIA — The Wireless Association posted its top 10 news stories of 2007 on its daily Smartbrief newsletter. Susan Rush, the lead editor of CTIA SmartBrief, wrote: “Innovation was the name of the game when it came to wireless in 2007, whether it was new technologies and applications appearing on handsets, or new services being introduced…


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December 11, 2007 at 10:43 AM

InfoSpace extends Yahoo search agreement

Bellevue-based InfoSpace said today that it has extended its multi-year agreement with Yahoo, allowing the Bellevue-based company to include Yahoo’s search results as part of its metasearch technology. InfoSpace will not only be able to continue delivering Web search results, but also text-based advertising listings from Yahoo. The technology involves the whole portfolio of InfoSpace…


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December 11, 2007 at 10:32 AM

New guildlines for mobile marketing

The Mobile Marketing Association has released the latest edition of its “consumer best practices guidelines for cross-carrier mobile content services in the U.S.” Although that sounds like a mouthful, at least 500 member companies follow these practices today. For example, Microsoft did so when it launched advertising on its mobile property Monday. Unlike with other media,…


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December 11, 2007 at 10:14 AM

Smilebox raises $7 million in VC

Redmond-based Smilebox said today that it has raised $7 million in venture capital from Bessemer Venture Partners, and Frazier Technology Partners. Smilebox is the modern-day Hallmark of sorts. It allows you to upload your digital photos, and then make slideshows, electronic cards, scrapbooks and other stuff. The company’s Web site has a blog link where you…


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December 10, 2007 at 8:01 AM

Back to normal, or at least for me

SEATTLE — If you tuned in this weekend, you found that I had hijacked this blog. I took off on Saturday to see the damage that the more than week-old storm did on the Washington coast. For them, it mostly wasn’t the flooding, it was the wind. Residents talked about how it started Sunday, and didn’t…


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December 9, 2007 at 4:15 PM

Raymond — Trees down and businesses flooded

This morning, I started off in Ocean Shores, and then decided to head south to Raymond, a little town on the Willapa Harbor. It’s a pretty central location at the intersection of Highway 101 and Highway 105, which heads west to the coast. On the drive south on 101, the number of trees down is stunning. If…


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