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Study: E-book reading in U.S. jumps to 23% in 2012

Good news for Amazon’s Kindle business: The number of people who read e-books rose to 23 percent in 2012 — up from 16 percent the previous year — among Americans ages 16 and older, according to the results of a new study released this morning by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Borrowing… Read More

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Windows Phone adds 75,000 apps and games in 2012

Microsoft’s Windows Phone more than doubled the size of its app catalog in 2012, adding more than 75,000 new apps and games from third-party developers, according to a Microsoft blog post published overnight. Todd Brix of Microsoft writes in the post, “We literally set a new foundation this year with the deployment of all-new infrastructure… Read More

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Trulia takes aim at Zillow patent suit: ‘Abstract ideas and principles are not patentable’

San Francisco online real estate company Trulia has filed its initial response to Zillow’s patent lawsuit, arguing that the case should be dismissed because the business method in question — Zillow’s online home valuation tool known as the Zestimate — is not patentable. The Zestimate utilizes multiple factors in order to assign automated home values… Read More

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Fast-growing Avalara opens new Seattle office at Pier 55

Avalara appears to be cornering the market on office space near the ferry terminals in the Puget Sound region. The maker of sales tax automation technologies, which recently moved into a new 17,500-square foot headquarters building on Bainbridge Island, is expanding along Seattle’s waterfront with new offices at Pier 55. It is the company’s second… Read More

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POLL: Help this 22-year-old find his next smartphone

UPDATE, Jan. 10: Click here to find out what smartphone I decided on ——————— I’ve arrived at the biggest dilemma known to humankind: Apple or Samsung? OK, maybe not humankind. But it’s certainly a raging debate in the smartphone world (in the courtroom, too, but we’ll save that for another day). My two-year-old HTC G2 seems ancient now… Read More

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Looking for a job at Google? Better know Microsoft Office

Google’s momentum vs. Microsoft Office is in the news today: The New York Times reports that Google has scored “an impressive string of wins” during the past year with big companies opting for Google Apps and ditching Microsoft Office. The story highlights problems for Microsoft including higher prices and complex licensing. IDC analyst Melissa Webster tells the… Read More

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Why did Amazon Instant Video keep going, while Netflix sputtered?

Last month, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings separately took the stage at the Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas and touted the significance of Netflix as a proud customer of Amazon Web Services. Both suggested that the alliance symbolized the importance of how two companies — which compete head-to-head in streaming of… Read More

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Microsoft announces its first six retail stores of 2013

With the holiday shopping season wrapped up, Microsoft this morning announced six locations in the U.S. where the company plans to open its first retail stores of 2013. It’s part of a broader effort by the company to increase its retail footprint as a marketing and distribution strategy, to have more direct interaction with consumers…. Read More

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Merry Christmas to me: I just got to inbox zero!

I just gave myself a wonderful Christmas gift, one that I never thought I’d ever achieve. As of 9 a.m. today, I officially got my GeekWire email account — john@geekwire.com — down to zero email messages. That’s no small achievement given the daily barrage of email that hits technology journalists like us. On any given day,… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Diptic app makes photo collages a breeze

Peak Systems has been around for more than a decade, building Web sites and mobile applications for a number of companies and organizations (including the original touchscreen kiosk ordering system for Pepsi Center in Denver and the Warren Miller Entertainment Web site). But the company is making waves with its very own app, called Diptic…. Read More

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Microsoft strategy chief Mundie shifts to advisory role, will retire in 2014

Microsoft this morning confirmed a change of role for Craig Mundie, the longtime Microsoft executive who oversaw the company’s research and long-term technical strategy. Mundie is now listed as “senior advisor” to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and will retire in 2014, when he turns 65, according to an internal memo from Ballmer quoted by AllThingsD and… Read More

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Free shipping offers boost online holiday spending

Americans continue to spend more of their cash online this holiday season, with comScore reporting that online spending is up 16 percent so far this holiday season. One of the reasons for the surge was a big uptick in last-minute shopping, propelled by free shipping promotions by online retailers. That included what is being dubbed… Read More

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Shares of Motricity plummet after AT&T ends key contract

Motricity lost more than one third of its value today, following news that AT&T was terminating an agreement with the Bellevue-based mobile software company. AT&T’s portal agreement, which is being terminated, accounted for 42 percent of Motricity’s revenue during the first nine months of 2012. Motricity powered AT&T’s MediaNet and ATT.net offerings as part of the… Read More

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OneWed helps you plan your wedding on an iPad

Trying to plan for a wedding can be an arduous process. You have to decide on everything from the gown to the flowers to the photos and it’s not easy tracking everything down. OneWed, ranked 58th in our GeekWire 200 index of the region’s top startups, offers a solution. The Seattle-based software/media hybrid startup hosts linked pictures from a… Read More