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Microsoft closing down Hohm energy management service

Attention, startups: The home-energy management market just got a lot less competitive — for anyone who can figure out a viable business, at least. Microsoft today announced that it will be suspending its Hohm energy monitoring service, a free online tool that helps people monitor and manage their home power consumption, saying that it hasn’t seen… Read More

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Off & Away unfurls daily deal service for hotel rooms

Off & Away has quietly rolled out a new private sale service that allows its users to sign up for daily deals on luxury hotel rooms, earning discounts of as much as 50 percent. The Seattle online travel startup kicked off the new offering on Tuesday, complementing the online hotel auction service that it unveiled… Read More

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Ballmer: Microsoft profits climb, despite still losing ‘a few billion’ on Bing

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s positive comments about the company’s financial outlook during  his Seattle Rotary Club appearance yesterday appear to be causing a minor stir in the stock market today, lifting Microsoft shares by about 1 percent. The Redmond company’s fiscal year ends today, so it’s easy to see why the numbers were on Ballmer’s… Read More

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The Google+ rollout on Android and iPhone, compared

Guest Commentary: Since last night I’ve been trying the new Google+ social networking service on both an Android phone and an iPhone. Two very different experiences! But the service looks good on both and I think Google+ overall (it’s a desktop web experience, too) may rollout better than some expect. First I want to thank… Read More

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg: TV, books, movies next in line for social disruption

Editor’s note: Peter Boctor was part of a crowd of Seattle software developers who attended Mark Zuckerberg’s talk in Seattle on Wednesday evening. He provides an overview in this guest post. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Q&A session with engineers Wednesday was primarily a recruiting event showcasing the Seattle engineering office, with lots of talk about… Read More

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Bungie Aerospace revealed: ‘Rocket fuel’ for indie games

Bungie, the Bellevue-based video-game company known for the blockbuster Halo franchise, is finally going public with details of its “Bungie Aerospace” project, after teasing its fans with a series of cryptic trademark filings and corporation registrations. Turns out Bungie isn’t building an actual rocket. But it is creating a launch pad. Under the Bungie Aerospace initiative,… Read More

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg on Seattle: ‘There’s so many good engineers up here’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Seattle today, visiting the company’s fledgling office across the street the Pike Place Market — its only major engineering center outside of its Palo Alto headquarters, with about 40 people. Before speaking at a tech talk/recruiting event for local software engineers this evening, Zuckerberg sat down with a small… Read More

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Seattle Business IT Awards: A call for nominations

GeekWire is excited to partner with Seattle Business Magazine for the first annual IT Awards, a celebration of the leading developers, engineers, executives, innovators and backroom geeks who just make things work. Winners will be honored at an event in late October, and featured in the November issue of the magazine. GeekWire will be presenting… Read More

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Microsoft issues new Internet Explorer 10 tech preview

Microsoft today released a new preview of the technology going into Internet Explorer 10, the next version of its web browser, including capabilities designed to make web applications work more like traditional PC desktop programs. The preview, available via the Internet Explorer Test Drive site, includes technology for dragging and dropping objects around a web… Read More

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IPO proceeds double in Q2, yet another sign of a bubble?

Every day it seems there’s a story of another technology company being valued at $1 billion or more. Last week, it was PopCap Games. Today, it is mobile payments startup Square and social gaming powerhouse Zynga (which reportedly is considering an IPO that could value the company at a whopping $20 billion). Driving those valuations is a… Read More