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The New Establishment: Bezos, Zuckerberg and Lady Gaga?

They come from the music, tech, media, finance and movie industries. They are Vanity Fair’s New Establishment, a list of 50 “buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and entrepreneurs.” And who got the top billing among the motley crew? For the second year in a row, the honor fell to none other than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg… Read More

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Afternoon Radar: Facebook music, Redbox vs. Netflix, another secret iPhone lost in a bar

Busy news day today across the tech industry. Some of the biggest stories catching our attention …  Facebook plans to launch a music service next month in partnership with existing services Spotify, MOG and Rdio, reports Mashable, citing two anonymous sources. Seattle-based Rhapsody has so far fended off Spotify’s U.S. launch, but Facebook brings hundreds… Read More

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How Carly screwed up AT&T’s $39B T-Mobile acquisition

OK, so Carly herself isn’t specifically to blame. But the U.S. Department of Justice today cited last year’s T-Mobile USA ads — featuring the spokesmodel cleverly lampooning AT&T and Apple — to help make its case that AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of the Bellevue-based company will reduce competition in the market. “Documents produced by… Read More

Liz Wheden has joined Marketfish as director of client services

Tech Moves: Marketfish hooks a Razorfish vet; NWEN’s new board; Dendreon; and more

Elizabeth Wheden, a marketing industry veteran who previously worked at Razorfish and Wunderman, has joined Seattle’s Marketfish as director of client services. Wheden will work out of the company’s new Seattle offices in the  Collins Building, reporting to CEO Dave Scott who recently relocated to New York City. A graduate of the Wharton School at… Read More

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List: Top 10 Most Uninstalled Android Apps

Guest Post: There are hundreds of thousands of mobile apps out there. At AppStoreHQ, we’re currently tracking nearly 700,000 apps across the Android and iOS platforms. Some of these apps are very popular; there are plenty of stories about apps with millions — or even tens of millions — of downloads, such as Angry Birds, Facebook, Fruit… Read More

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How do we make the Seattle startup ecosystem stronger?

Leaders from the Seattle technology community gathered in the basement of TechStars on Tuesday night to discuss ways to strengthen the startup ecosystem and make it easier for entrepreneurs to build their companies here. Organized by Startup Weekend’s Jennifer Cabala, the brainstorming session was one of the first steps in an effort backed by the… Read More

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Blindsided by DOJ suit, AT&T says it will fight for T-Mobile

Updated below with statements from DOJ and Sprint. AT&T just issued a statement saying it’s “surprised and disappointed” by the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit opposing the company’s $39 billion acquisition of Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA. Here’s the full text of the statement from Wayne Watts, AT&T’s general counsel. We are surprised and disappointed by today’s action,… Read More

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Urbanspoon nibbles on 25,000 Zagat reviews

Zagat corned the market on restaurant ratings in the 1980s and early 1990s, tapping the power of user-generated content before that term had even entered the popular lexicon. But then, the Internet came along, and review sites such as Yelp took over. Zagat is trying to get back in the online game, and that’s part… Read More

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AT&T vows to return 5,000 call-center jobs to U.S. in T-Mobile deal

AT&T, seeking U.S. regulatory approval for its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, tonight said it would bring 5,000 “good-paying” call center jobs back to the country after completing the deal, reversing past offshoring. The company also promised that the acquisition won’t result in any job cuts for any existing AT&T or T-Mobile USA call-center… Read More

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New Kindle ‘@author’ feature lets readers ask writers questions from inside their books

Amazon.com today unveiled a new Kindle feature, @author, that will let readers ask questions of authors while reading their books. Confused about the motivations of a particular character? Curious about the author’s literary influences? Need to clarify a particular step in that how-to book? Now you can ask questions from within the e-book itself. As… Read More

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Nokia asks: What should we call our Windows Phones?

Here’s an unusual one: The head of developer marketing for Nokia in North America has put up a poll asking, well, pretty much everyone what the company should call its series of Windows Phones when they’re released in the United States. We figured this would be the subject of high-level discussions between Microsoft and Nokia executives…. Read More

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Gnomedex back from another near-death experience

Fans of Chris Pirillo’s Gnomedex conference will be happy to hear that it’s coming back for at least one more year, as a companion event to the new Seattle Interactive Conference in early November in downtown Seattle. Pirillo shared the news with us on this past weekend’s GeekWire podcast and radio show, and his longtime… Read More

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Amazon.com mum on latest employee meeting at KeyArena

Amazon.com is holding a sizable meeting of employees today at KeyArena in Seattle, triggering traffic alerts for the surrounding neighborhood. About 1,800 employees are attending. It’s not unusual for Amazon to hold its big employee meeting at KeyArena, but what caught our attention is that Amazon already had its big annual employee meeting there in March… Read More

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UW football’s secret weapon: Helmet-mounted QB cams

College football season is just around the corner, with The University of Washington set to kick off their home opener this Saturday. If all goes as planned, sophomore Keith Price is set to take the snaps against Eastern Washington. And a Seattle startup company played an interesting role in that very important QB decision. Before UW… Read More

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Maritz sees Windows PCs below 20% in era of cloud, devices

Paul Maritz is now the CEO of VMware, but he was previously the longtime chief of Microsoft’s platforms group — overseeing products including Windows and generally considered third in command at the company in the 1990s, behind Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. So it’s always interesting to hear what he says about Windows these days… Read More

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Zillow nears $1B valuation after bullish analyst report

Shares of Zillow surged today after Citigroup Global Markets analyst Mark Mahaney said that the Seattle online real estate company’s growth prospects remain strong. Mahaney placed a $36 per share price target on Zillow, noting that the company could double revenue this year. The stock also responded to remarks from CEO Spencer Rascoff who appeared on CNBC… Read More

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Cell imaging company Amnis acquired by EMD Millipore

Amnis, a 12-year-old Seattle company which provides high-speed cell imaging instruments, has been sold to EMD Millipore for an undisclosed price. EMD is a division of Merck KGaA of Germany, and the company plans to use the technology to grow its presence in the market for image flow cytometry. Led by co-founder and CEO David… Read More