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Microsoft’s Windows Azure suffers extended outages

Updated below with new information from Microsoft, saying service has been restored to the majority of customers. Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Windows Azure, has been experiencing outages in numerous regions around the world for much of the day, apparently resulting from a glitch related to Leap Day, the extra day in February that occurs once… Read More

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Market Leader and Zillow are on a collision course in real estate

Earlier this month, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff told investors on a quarterly conference call that the Seattle online real estate company planned to make big investments in new tools to help real estate agents boost their productivity and sales. “We are in the midst of a calculated, strategic expansion evolving our agent offering from a… Read More

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Siri or not, Microsoft aims to beat Apple with better breadth

Earlier this week, Microsoft’s research and strategy chief Craig Mundie and other execs spent the day showing reporters some of the company’s latest research in areas including natural user interfaces, machine learning and data analysis. It was futuristic stuff, and the resulting coverage generated lots of buzz in the outside world even as the event… Read More

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Clearwire touts spectrum as rumors fly about whether it could get the iPhone 5

Clearwire has taken it on the chin in the past year, chopping its staff, watching its stock tank and reformulating its board and executive ranks. Now, after the struggles of rival LightSquared, which cut staff after regulators cited interference issues earlier this month, could Clearwire regain its mojo? CEO Erik Prusch appears to think so, telling… Read More

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Good news: Jobless rate falls to 8.3 percent in Washington

We often feel like we’re in a bubble covering the tech industry, a sector which has shown resilience and strength despite the troubles in the overall economy. But are things finally starting to turn around for the majority of Washingtonians? According to the state’s Employment Security Department, that may be the case. A new report… Read More

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Dan Savage’s ‘Spreading Santorum’ Web spoof loses top spot on Google

Seattle sex columnist Dan Savage’s cruel, yet brilliant Web joke on Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum appears to have run its course after nearly nine years. As you may recall, Savage used his influence (and smart SEO tactics) to create a new definition of the word “santorum” to protest the politician’s views about homosexuality. That… Read More

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Amazon Kindle Lending Library tops 100,000 titles

Amazon.com has expanded to more than 100,000 titles the library of e-books available for borrowing at no extra charge by Amazon Kindle owners who subscribe to the company’s Amazon Prime subscription service. The new total, announced in a news release this morning, represents a significant jump from the 5,000 titles available through the service when… Read More

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For better or worse? Bing and Nokia marry their mobile maps

As more people turn to mobile devices to find out where they are going, Microsoft and Nokia are spending precious resources on making sure that they have the easiest and cleanest mobile maps. The two companies — following on their strategic partnership from last year — today announced a unified mapping experience across Nokia and… Read More

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Comcast expands Xfinity Home service, announces plans for learning thermostat

Comcast is rolling out its Xfinity Home residential security, energy and automation service in Washington state today, and simultaneously taking steps to turn the system into more of a technology platform — announcing a deal with energy management firm EcoFactor to offer a cloud-based learning thermostat service to Xfinity Home users. The Xfinity Home service includes… Read More

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Apple confirms March 7 event, probably a new iPad

After that whole “iPhone 5″ letdown last year, we’ve learned to be careful about buying into any speculation about Apple’s upcoming announcements. That said, the company today confirmed that it will hold a special event on March 7 — sending out invites saying, “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” The picture… Read More

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Microsoft’s next CEO: If not Steven Sinofsky, then who?

Leading up to the debut of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview tomorrow, Reuters is out with an extensive story about Windows chief Steven Sinofsky, examining his management style and temperament and asking the question of whether he could ultimately succeed Steve Ballmer as CEO. One catch: It’s not clear if Sinofsky would be the right… Read More

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Sneak Peek: Comcast Xfinity on Microsoft’s Xbox Live

Comcast’s Xfinity app for Xbox Live is still “coming soon,” but Microsoft gave a sneak preview on Monday as part of the TechForum event on the company’s Redmond campus. It’s part of an ongoing effort by Microsoft to make the Xbox 360 more of a multipurpose entertainment device, expanding beyond its roots as a game console…. Read More

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Isilon co-founder Sujal Patel hops on board of ExtraHop

Sujal Patel has already built one powerhouse in the Pacific Northwest. Now, the Isilon Systems co-founder is lending his talents to an up-and-comer. Patel — who sold Isilon to EMC for a cool $2.25 billion in 2010 — is being named to the board of ExtraHop Networks today. In addition, ExtraHop has named former Isilon… Read More