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Microsoft founders Allen, Gates reconnect after year-long rift

Paul Allen’s memoir, Idea Man, is out in paperback this week, and the Microsoft co-founder has penned an epilogue updating readers on some of the book’s major storylines — including the status of his friendship with Bill Gates. The book’s unvarnished account of Gates — from his unusual eating habits to his efforts to dilute… Read More

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Ignition-backed photo sharing app Batch pulls the plug

Batch is latest casualty in the online photo sharing arena. The company, which was backed by the likes of Ignition Partners and Sequoia, told customers today that it is shutting down service with photos available for download through November 8th. “Just over a year ago we launched Batch, and the time has come for us… Read More

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POLL: Should there really be more Star Wars movies?

The big news out of Hollywood this week is that Disney is bringing back one of the greatest movie franchises in history with its $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm Ltd.  Star Wars fans will now get to enjoy Episode 7, due for release in 2015 with Episodes 8 and 9 to follow. But is “enjoy” the… Read More

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Zillow makes another buy, gobbles up NYC’s Buyfolio

Zillow has made another acquisition, purchasing the online home shopping platform Buyfolio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Buyfolio’s service allows home shoppers to share listings with specified collaborators — perhaps a family member, spouse or real estate agent. It also allows those collaborators to discuss the listings, eliminating what the company calls “clunky… Read More

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Unreal candy is healthy and Bill Gates loves it

It’s Halloween, so let’s talk about candy. We all know about the health implications of the sugar-packed, partially hydrogenated sweets the kids bring home tonight. But sort through the pile and you might just come across a healthy-yet-still-tasty candy called Unreal that will make both parents and children happy. It’s so good even Bill Gates is… Read More

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Do you binge-watch TV? 6 ways to justify your habit

You finish a great episode of a great show. You want to watch the next one, but you’ve already seen three of these and it’s getting late. Do you press play? If so, you’ve developed the tech-enabled entertainment habit known as binge viewing. And some people think you’re doing it wrong. “Slow down,” wrote Jim… Read More

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Ben Huh: How to create an Internet meme in 3 easy steps

(Video courtesy of Felice Lam) Ben Huh kicked up his black and white leather dress shoes and bounced onstage mimicing the pop singer PSY, whose “Gangnam Style” now has more than 600 million views and a record-breaking 4.6 million likes. It was a brilliant intro to his presentation on Internet memes at the Seattle Interactive Conference that —… Read More

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Glassdoor raises $20M, tops 14 million registered users

Glassdoor, which compiles compensation data on tens of thousands of companies, is getting its very own payday. The Sausalito, California-based company, led by former Expedia executive Robert Hohman and backed by Zillow co-founder Rich Barton, today is announcing $20 million in new funding from DAG Ventures; Benchmark Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures and Battery Ventures. Total funding… Read More

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse: Tech execs dance Gangnam Style

How do you know when an Internet meme has run its course? Executives do stuff like this at conferences. In the span of two hours today, executives from two Seattle tech startups started their talks at the Seattle Interactive conference with “Gangnam Style” dances. First was Glenn Walcott, president of Seattle-based DoubleDown Interactive, who started… Read More

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Office 365 migration service SkyKick raises $1.1 million

SkyKick, a Seattle startup designed to help businesses easily move to Office 365, confirmed with GeekWire that it has raised $1.1 million. The company will continue investing in research and development, build out its cloud technology platform and serve its small business customer base. SkyKick is formerly known as CloudVisors, which launched in April 2011. The company… Read More

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BuddyTV founder Andy Liu’s 8 tips on raising cash: ‘Not all money is good money’

Andy Liu is one of Seattle’s most sophisticated angel investors. He’s also one of the region’s most experienced entrepreneurs. That gives the poker-loving Wharton MBA — who continues to lead Seattle-based BuddyTV — a unique perspective from both sides of the startup fence. Speaking Monday at the Seattle Interactive Conference, Liu offered a few lessons… Read More

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Twitter and Dropbox are making new Windows 8 apps

OK, so Windows 8 is out, but what about the apps? Microsoft exec Steve Guggenheimer is on stage right now (above) at the company’s Build conference in Redmond, showing and previewing some of the third-party apps in the works and headed to the Windows Store. Those include much-needed Windows 8 apps from Twitter and Dropbox, among… Read More

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New mobile game turns your phone into ghost hunting toy

Just in time for Halloween, here’s a unique mobile game that can provide a little extra spook this October. Ghost Patrol turns your iPhone into a ghost hunting toy. The first mobile game from new Seattle-based game company Artifact Technologies, Ghost Patrol uses augmented reality to enable users to detect, engage and photograph the most-wanted ghosts… Read More

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Microsoft: 4M individual Windows 8 upgrades sold

I’m over at the Microsoft Build conference in Redmond this morning, where CEO Steve Ballmer is addressing a crowd of a couple thousand developers at the opening keynote. And he started with a bit of news, saying that Microsoft has sold 4 million upgrades to Windows 8 in the past three days to individual users. That… Read More