Chart: Google, Amazon hiring fast; Microsoft takes it slow

Microsoft added a net total of 684 employees worldwide last quarter — the largest increase in its employment since the recession two years ago. However, the growth was still modest in the scheme of things, representing less than 1 percent growth (from 88,719 employees previously to 89,403 employees in the latest count). That contrasts with… Read More


HasOffers: Twin brothers bring a new face to affiliate marketing

Twins share many common attributes. But — Winklevoss twins aside — do they actually make good co-founders of startups? The twin partnership is working for HasOffers, a 23-person Seattle affiliate marketing company founded by Lucas and Lee Brown. The 26-year-old co-founders are now tracking more than $300 million affiliate payouts per year on behalf of… Read More


GeekWire contest: Win a Galaxy S 4G phone from T-Mobile USA

Update, May 5: Results and winners. We have a fun contest today for GeekWire followers on Facebook, with a chance to win a prize courtesy T-Mobile USA — a Galaxy S 4G phone. The background: T-Mobile is holding a Speed Challenge at its Seattle-area stores today through Sunday, daring iPhone users to pit their devices… Read More


PopCap pushes deeper into Facebook games, buys ZipZapPlay

PopCap Games is bolstering its position in social gaming, a move that comes as the Seattle game maker contemplates an initial public offering and contends with increasing competition from powerhouse Zynga. Today, the company announced the purchase of ZipZapPlay, maker of the Facebook game Baking Life. San Franciso-based ZipZapPlay, a 17-person company created by Carneige… Read More


Whoops: T-Mobile overestimates potential severance for ‘large number’ of employees

Somebody at T-Mobile USA is having a not very good day. Actually, make that lots of somebodies. Employees at the Bellevue-based wireless company, having only recently recovered from the surprise of AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition, have now been informed that T-Mobile miscalculated many of the severance estimates designed to help persuade them to stick… Read More


Redbox getting into video games, like for reals this time

Coming soon to the front stoop of your local 7-Eleven: Master Chief and Mario. Redbox, the movie-rental subsidiary of Bellevue-based Coinstar, is rolling out video games to more than 21,000 locations across the U.S., starting in June. The move actually isn’t a surprise, given that Redbox has been testing game rentals in 5,000 locations for… Read More


Profits fall at Expedia as online travel giant invests in technology isn’t the only big tech company that’s decided to cut into profits in order to invest in technology.  Expedia, the giant Bellevue online travel agency, said today that its operating income slumped nine percent during the first quarter as it invested in “next generation technology” and international operations. Like, Expedia’s revenues continued to… Read More


Microsoft profits climb as Xbox, Office trump PC slump

Microsoft’s Xbox, Office and Windows Server businesses helped the company overcome a down quarter for the Windows PC market. The company just posted revenue of $16.43 billion for the quarter ended March 31 (up 13%), and profits of 61 cents per share (up 36%) — topping Wall Street’s expectations on both counts. The company also… Read More


Surprise — TV and celeb gossip works online: Wetpaint boasts 15M monthly page views

Wetpaint’s recent transition to an entertainment and celebrity gossip site appears to be working. Surprise. Surprise. The Seattle startup, which made the switch last fall, making the transition from its wiki-based network of sites, reported today that its entertainment offerings are now attracting three million unique visitors and 15 million page views per month. It… Read More


Time for A New Apartment? How Your Phone Can Help

It’s springtime and, in addition to tulips, baseball, and short sleeves, that means apartment-hunting time for many people. Traditionally, that meant looking through an impenetrable set of tiny little listings in the Sunday paper. But now, just as companies like Zillow, Trulia, and Estately have revolutionized the market for real estate sales, there are now… Read More


Unpleasant Horse arrives on the iPhone … ‘uncensored’

4th & Battery’s first mobile game, Unpleasant Horse, is now available in Apple’s app store, and it arrives “totally uncensored,” according to the studio. You may recall that Apple rejected the game — the first title from PopCap Games’ newly-launched studio — three weeks ago for unknown (and somewhat mysterious) reasons. In a Tweet last… Read More