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Urbanspoon bites OpenTable, claims 1,000 users of Rezbook

Urbanspoon has been nipping at the heels of OpenTable for the past 18 months since launching its new restaurant reservation system, Rezbook, for the iPad last year. Now, Urbanspoon — the Seattle upstart that was sold to IAC in 2009 — says that more than 1,000 restaurants have signed up for the service for managing… Read More

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Who did it better? Microsoft Bing vs. Google on Halloween

The two major search engines, Google and Microsoft Bing (does Yahoo count anymore?) outdid themselves on Halloween this year. Google’s 2011 Halloween Doodle was a fun time-lapse video of the Google Doodle team and friends carving a bunch of gigantic pumpkins — in the form of the company’s logo, of course. Microsoft Bing’s picture of… Read More

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Urban Airship takes flight with purchase of SimpleGeo

Urban Airship, a Portland startup that specializes in push notifications and in-app transactions, has acquired San Francisco’s SimpleGeo in an all stock deal. The acquisition will add location-based technologies to the Urban Airship lineup, meaning that a retailer can push coupons to a shopper in a specific aisle in a store or a sports team… Read More

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Former Microsoft researcher learns solution in developing world isn’t always technology

Engineers from around the world are gathered in Seattle this week for the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology conference, talking about technology projects that can improve education, agriculture, power supplies, water planning and other initiatives around the world, particularly in developing nations. One of the speakers this morning was Kentaro Toyama, who led many of these… Read More

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Zillow inks deal to bring mortgage marketplace to AOL

Zillow announced a deal today to bring its mortgage marketplace offering to AOL Real Estate and Daily Finance, marking the first time that the two companies have partnered. The new service, which will debut next year, will allow homeowners and home shoppers to research, shop for and compare mortgages. “AOL Real Estate has many thousands of users… Read More

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Poll: Are you tempted by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5?

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update has already been distributed as an update for existing Windows Phone devices, but now it’s rolling out on new phones, as well. AT&T announced that its new Windows Phone 7.5 devices, the Focus S and Focus Flash by Samsung, will be available in AT&T stores starting this coming weekend, on… Read More

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F5 Networks hires Cisco veteran to lead charge in security

F5 Networks, fresh off its blockbuster financial announcement last week, continues to strengthen its executive bench. The Seattle company today announced that Manny Rivelo, a 19-year veteran of Cisco Systems, has joined as vice president of security and strategic solutions. Cisco and F5 Networks are longtime rivals, so the hiring of Rivelo is especially interesting…. Read More

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Microsoft marks Kinect’s first year with great video, old data

Microsoft this morning marked the upcoming first anniversary of its Kinect for Xbox 360 with this inspiring video showing how the motion sensor is expanding beyond the world of gaming, something it calls the “Kinect Effect.” (Via WinRumors) And the company offered up some news on that front, saying that Kinect for Windows will be available… Read More

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Sounders kick off Windows Phone app amid awful playoff showing

This has got to be one of the more depressing product launches in Seattle tech and sports history. The Seattle Sounders picked Saturday night’s playoff game to unveil the team’s new Windows Phone 7 application, showcasing features such as team statistics, digital yellow cards and live game audio. But for anyone who caught the atrocious… Read More

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Gates on Jobs’ zingers: ‘None of that bothers me at all’

What does Bill Gates think about all that biting criticism from Steve Jobs in the biography released after the Apple co-founder’s death? That’s one question that wasn’t asked of Gates at his University of Washington appearance last week. But the question was posed to the Microsoft co-founder by Christiane Amanpour as part of a segment… Read More

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Amazon strikes Disney-ABC deal, Netflix basically matches it

Amazon.com announced a content deal with Disney-ABC Television Group this morning, continuing to expand the catalog of streaming movies and TV shows available at no extra charge to members of its Amazon Prime subscription service. Not to be outdone, Netflix simultaneously announced an extension of its existing ABC-Disney licensing agreement, involving streaming rights to many of the… Read More

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Bill Gates was lucky … and good

Was Bill Gates just a lucky upper middle class kid who happened to stumble into the PC revolution? Or was there something else at work that made him one of the biggest entrepreneurial successes on the planet? A new book by author James Collins — known for his business titles such as “Good to Great”… Read More

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Video: Zillow co-founder Rich Barton’s Seattle rallying cry

Zillow co-founder Rich Barton thinks Seattle needs to do more to support its own technology products and entrepreneurial ventures, emulating the “high RPM spin-cycle” that’s so prevalent in Silicon Valley. “But what bugs me is any old thing down there (in Silicon Valley), especially something that includes a viral component, everything gets a shake. Like… Read More

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Comedy: When developers and designers try to communicate

Do you see yourself in this video? The recent HIVE 2011 design conference in Redmond opened with an exclusive skit by Charles, a Seattle-based sketch comedy duo, spotlighting the classic communication barrier between technology developers and designers. The video was just recently posted online. The conference focused on the value of design in technology. See the… Read More

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Memo: Microsoft’s Ballmer finds an employee survey to love

Anonymous third-party surveys of Microsoft employees don’t always turn out so well for Steve Ballmer. But Microsoft this week came out very well in one of these surveys, landing atop the inaugural list of the Top 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces. To compile the list, research and consulting firm Great Place to Work surveyed more than… Read More

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MicroVision gets Nasdaq notice, faces possible delisting

MicroVision, the maker of the miniature PicoP laser projection device, said that it has received notice from the Nasdaq stock market that its stock has not closed above $1 for 30 consecutive trading days. “In accordance with NASDAQ’s listing rules, the company has 180 calendar days, or until April 23, 2012, to regain compliance with this… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Advice from Gates, best movie app ever, and Seattle startup BigOven

This week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast, we share a highlight from Bill Gates’ appearance at the University of Washington, explain a notable expansion of Seattle startup Cheezburger’s business, and talk about a key takeaway from entrepreneur Rich Barton’s appearance at the GeekWire Meetup. Our guest in the studio is Steve Murch, the… Read More

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Name that Tech Tune, chance to win Kinect Sports Season 2

Updated with answer and winner below. This week’s Name that Tech Tune challenge is a fun one, a classic that will bring back good memories for many of you. If you’ve never played before, here’s how it works: Listen to the sound below, and if you can identify what it is, send it to contest@geekwire.com. From… Read More

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BuddyTV debuts Google TV app, with iPad and iPhone link

Seattle’s BuddyTV has scored a featured spot in the newly overhauled Google TV interface, releasing a BuddyTV app for Google TV in the Android Marketplace that helps people quickly find favorite channels and suggested shows to watch. The company says the app can also be used with the companion BuddyTV Guide app for iPhone and… Read More