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Google’s antitrust complaint vs. Microsoft and Nokia escalates patent battle

Google said Thursday that it has filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft and Nokia in Europe, the latest move in a high-stakes dispute among the companies over patents. The complaint targets the sale of about 2,000 patents by Microsoft and Nokia to MOSAID Technologies, an intellectual property licensing firm that focuses on patent licensing as opposed… Read More

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Skype boss Tony Bates: Is this Microsoft’s next CEO?

There was lots of speculation a while back about the possibility of Steven Sinofsky, the Microsoft Windows president, being positioned to succeed Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO someday. As I mentioned at the time, it’s not clear if Sinofsky would even want the job. But what about Tony Bates, the former Skype CEO who now… Read More

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Chart: Who is using Twitter?

Do you use Twitter on a daily basis? If so, you are one of eight percent of Americans who do so. That’s the latest statistic from a report out by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. As you’ll see in the chart above, daily Twitter use is on the rise, from two percent… Read More

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Doonesbury, Dilbert go digital with Kindle Fire anthologies

Two classic newspaper comic strips, Doonesbury and Dilbert, are making their digital debut on Amazon’s Kindle Fire today with the release of two multi-volume anthologies that use Amazon’s new “Kindle Panel View” technology for comics and graphic novels. It’s part of the company’s effort to boost the quality and quantity of content on the Kindle… Read More

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Can ultrasound reduce blood pressure? Kona Medical lands $30M to find out

The Seattle area continues to be a hotbed of innovation in the field of ultrasound technology, with news today that Kona Medical has attracted a $30 million round of venture capital financing. The Bellevue company, which is developing methods to reduce high blood pressure using ultrasound, is backed by Essex Woodlands, Domain Associates, Morgenthaler Ventures and… Read More

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Nathan Myhrvold on the hot seat at D10, defends unpopular stance on patent licensing

Intellectual Ventures CEO Nathan Myhrvold has taken plenty of knocks during his long career, but none probably as public as the grilling today at the D10 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Veteran journalist Walt Mossberg laid into Myhrvold who attempted to defend Intellectual Ventures’ controversial model of licensing patents, a business that the former… Read More

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Microsoft’s hit Photosynth app now on Windows Phone

Microsoft’s Photosynth app has been a success on Apple’s iPhone, with more than 7 million downloads and strong ratings from reviewers and users. Today, at long last, the Redmond company released Photosynth for its own Windows Phone operating system. Photosynth lets users take many pictures of a scene from different perspectives. The app then automatically… Read More

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Doxo goes mobile with paperless bill paying for Android, iPhone

Doxo, the Seattle maker of online bill paying technologies, is expanding its arsenal to mobile devices today with the launch of DoxoPay. The service, now available on Android and an updated version of iOS, allows users to receive bills on mobile devices and pay with one account and one password. “The new capabilities of our… Read More

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BigDoor rival Badgeville scores $25M for ‘gamification’ platform

Fast-growing Badgeville has reeled in $25 million in fresh funding, money that the 20-month-old Menlo Park, California startup will use to expand its gamification platform. Badgeville, which competes against Seattle’s BigDoor, said that its revenues grew by 300 percent year-over-year as it added customers such as Oracle, Dell, Samsung and NBC. Total financing now stands… Read More

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Voicepic: Add 5-second audio captions to your favorite photos

A picture may often be worth a thousand words.  But for those instances when images alone can’t tell the story, there’s Voicepic. That’s the name of a new photo sharing app from Bellevue’s UIEvolution which allows users to easily add 5-second audio captions to personal photos. UIEvolution CEO Chris Ruff said the goal with the… Read More

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on PCs, tablets and avoiding the ‘baggage from the past’

Microsoft is pitching its upcoming Windows 8 as a “no compromise” experience — working across desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets and hybrid devices — but Apple CEO Tim Cook remains unconvinced that such an approach will be effective. Speaking at AllThingsD’s D10 conference in California last night, Cook expanded on the recent comments in which he likened combining… Read More

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Buddy lands $1M to help developers manage apps across platforms

Buddy Platform today is announcing that it has secured $1 million in seed financing, and rolled its service for managing apps across various platforms. Investors in the Kirkland company include San Francisco’s Transmedia Capital and Crestlight Venture Productions, as well angel investors such as Jeff Ravencraft, Kirk Drage, Nick Foskett and Christina Storm. More than 6,000 developers… Read More