Update: Google passes Microsoft in value for 1st time

[Update, Monday morning: It's official: Google passed Microsoft's market value for the first time in its history this morning, although it's going back and forth as their share prices fluctuate during regular trading today. We've updated the chart above. Original post follows.] Google’s stock price has been rallying recently, and the search giant appears on… Read More


Amazon will try again to uncork online wine business

Amazon is attempting yet again to expand into the wine business, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The company revealed the plan during a workshop with winery executives in Napa, Calif., the WSJ reports. The service is expected to launch in time for the holidays, the report said. Amazon plans to charge wineries… Read More


Valve ‘hacker extraordinaire’ builds hybrid rocket engine

Ben Krasnow has created X-rays with a vacuum tube, combined avocados and high pressure nitrous oxide, and cooked up homemade astronaut ice cream all in the last year. His newest YouTube demonstration, though, might be even more impressive — it’s literally rocket science. The “Hacker Extraordinaire,” whose day job is at video-game company Valve, built a small hybrid… Read More


Microsoft’s Halo 4 is done, set for November release

Halo fans rejoice: Ladies and gents: we are Yoinking thrilled to announce that #Halo4 has gone gold. #WakeUpJohn — Halo Waypoint (@HaloWaypoint) September 28, 2012 That’s a tweet from the official Twitter account of Microsoft’s 343 Industries, which is the developer for Halo 4, after taking over the franchise from Bungie. The latest installment of… Read More


Geek on the Street: Can Myspace make a comeback?

Myspace is attempting a comeback. Yes, you read that right. The former social media kingpin is looking to dust off its keyboards and become a player again in what has become an extremely competitive industry from when the company was originally founded in 2003. Myspace, purchased for $35 million last year by a group that… Read More


T-Mobile selling rights to 7,200 cell towers for $2.4 billion

Well, here’s one of the first significant moves by newly-appointed T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere. The Bellevue wireless carrier today announced a deal to sell the rights to 7,200 cell towers to Crown Castle. The $2.4 billion deal will provide T-Mobile with much needed funds, which has struggled to regain its footing following its failed $39 billion… Read More


Social media agency Spring Creek Group cuts staff

Nearly a year after it was acquired by Interpublic Group’s Mediabrands unit, Seattle social media agency Spring Creek Group has laid off a significant number of employees. We’ve reached out to the company to get more details on the restructuring, and we’ll update the post as we learn more. We’ve heard up to 40 percent of… Read More

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Klout investment just the latest social deal for Microsoft

OK, so this is officially a trend. With the announcement yesterday that Microsoft will make a “strategic investment” in social media metrics company Klout, the Redmond company is taking another step to boost its social media street cred. The deal follows Microsoft’s investment in Facebook, its acquisition of Skype for $8.5 billion, and its purchase… Read More


Casual gaming vets raise cash for UpTap, focusing on a new class of tablet-based games

Daniel Bernstein is back in the startup game. The Seattle area entrepreneur, best known for founding Sandlot Games, has formed a new company by the name of UpTap that’s focusing on tablet-based games, GeekWire has learned. The 2-month-old company just landed a seed round of $645,000 from Seattle angel investors, cash that the young upstart… Read More

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Decide CEO Mike Fridgen: ‘Branding, startup style’

Mike Fridgen has learned a few things about branding in his life as a serial entrepreneur. The CEO of was co-founder and CEO of TripHub before going on to work for companies including Farecast and Microsoft. He shared some of his branding lessons learned at Seattle 2.0 Startup Day, presented by GeekWire this past weekend…. Read More


‘Redbox Instant’ streaming video service on the way

It’s official: Verizon and Redbox parent company Coinstar will enter the streaming media world and battle Netflix, Amazon and the rest of the digital video market for customers. Bloomberg reports that Redbox Instant by Verizon, a joint venture initially announced earlier this year, will be available between late November and mid-December. The video service will… Read More


Inside story: How Facebook decided to go native on iOS

Facebook’s new app for iPhone and iPad has made an impression on users with a significant improvement in speed and performance. In the world of software development, the project has also gotten lots of attention because of the company’s decision to shift key components of the app to native iOS code, moving away from HTML5. But the… Read More