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Year in review: Vote for the top Seattle tech story of 2012

It’s been quite the year in Seattle technology. Amazon.com kept growing. Microsoft kept transforming. And several startups raised huge rounds of cash as they looked to become the next Microsoft or Amazon. In case your head was filled with too many Tweets and Facebook posts to keep up, here’s a handy look back at the biggest… Read More

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Bezos-backed Remitly lands $2.6M to help immigrants send money home

Remitly, the Seattle online money transfer startup, has reeled in $2.6 million in fresh capital in a deal led by Trilogy Equity Partnership. The company, a TechStars Seattle grad formerly known as Beamit Mobile, has raised a total of $5.1 million. “We’re excited about Trilogy’s international, operational, and mobile expertise,” said Matt Oppenheimer, Remitly co-founder… Read More

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Analyze the economy with app now available for Android

To learn how our economy is performing, you have some options. Listening to the talking-heads on T.V. is one, for example, or maybe you’d prefer delving through virtual stacks of statistics on government websites. But to make the process easier, a better option might be to use Cascade Software’s Economy app. The Seattle-based startup just… Read More

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Energy storage upstart EnerG2 scores new cash

EnerG2, a manufacturer of carbon materials which are used in next-generation energy storage systems such as lead acid batteries, ultracapacitors and lithium ion batteries, has raised $9.3 million in financing, according to a SEC filing. “Our investors have seen the successful transition EnerG2 has made from its roots as an energy storage R&D company to… Read More

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Advice: My startup adventure

Admit it, you are dying to jump off and “do a startup.”  Whether you are currently at Microsoft or at Amazon, you’ve been reading the crazy stories of entrepreneurs committing everything to a new idea in their desire to change the world. I read the same stories. And my night time reading included the works… Read More

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DailyCred’s Dave Matthews on the power of simple sign-ins

DailyCred co-founder Dave Mathews wants to solve really big problems. The latest Internet foe he’s facing off against: The user login field on your website. Website owners are spending time and energy creating sign-in fields, but none of that work “computes back to the core product,” Matthews says. “That’s not why someone came to your website.”… Read More

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Tons of traffic: Amazon dominates online retail during Christmas week

The holiday numbers speak for themselves: Amazon is the biggest online shopping site, and it’s not even close. New website traffic stats from Experian show Amazon with 25.5 million website visits on the day after Christmas, more than three times the amount for second-place WalMart. That number does not even include mobile traffic. Amazon also raked in… Read More

Daniel Powers, the former Amazon Web Services sales chief, was caught up in a similar dispute after joining Google in 2012.

Judge: Former Amazon sales VP can work for Google with minimal restrictions

A federal judge in Seattle has largely rejected Amazon.com’s attempt to restrict the work of former Amazon Web Services global sales vice president, Daniel Powers, in his new job at Google. U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones ruled yesterday that Daniel Powers “may not directly or indirectly assist in providing cloud computing services to any current, former, or… Read More

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Watch Marc Nager and The Startup Weekend crew ring the opening bell on the NYSE

This is an honor that usually falls to the CEOs of fast-growing publicly-traded companies. But not this morning. Marc Nager and other team members from Startup Weekend, the Seattle non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurial education throughout the world, took center stage Friday morning at the New York Stock Exchange by ringing the opening bell. Why… Read More

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On the prowl for more laughs, Cheezburger gobbles up cash

Cheezburger Network, the Seattle online comedy network behind Fail Blog, I Can Has Cheezburger, The Daily What and dozens of other sites, has raised an additional $5 million in funding. A SEC filing today notes that the new cash is part of a $6.1 million round. “The funds will be used to continue to build… Read More

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Barnes & Noble’s Nook adds Pearson as investor, warns of weak holiday sales

Barnes & Noble’s Nook Media e-reading and tablet subsidiary this morning announced a new investor, the Pearson education and publishing company, and separately warned that holiday sales are coming in below its projections. Pearson, which includes the Financial Times Group and Penguin publishing company, will invest $89.5 million in cash for a 5 percent stake in Nook… Read More

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Amazon is growing so fast it just hired a former member of the Presidents of the United States of America

Nope, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton aren’t joining Amazon.com. But the fast-growing Seattle tech juggernaut recently hired another former President. Dave Dederer, one of the founding members of Seattle rock band The Presidents of the United States of America, has joined Amazon.com as MP3 content lead. Dederer is being a bit elusive as to what… Read More

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RIM cast-off NewBay acquired in $55.5 million deal

Well, that didn’t last too long. RIM has decided to cut ties with NewBay Software, selling the provider of mobile content delivery technologies to publicly-traded Synchronoss Technologies. As it turns out, RIM is taking a bit of a bath on the deal, selling NewBay for $55.5 million in cash. That’s about half the $100 million price… Read More