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Amazon’s IMDb touts 50M mobile app downloads, adds new features to iPad version

IMDb said today that its popular app for movie, TV shows and other entertainment content has been downloaded 50 million times, with Android and iOS each accounting for about 25 million downloads. The Amazon.com unit also launched a redesigned version of its app for the iPad, one which includes new personalized recommendations and Watchlist enhancements in… Read More

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Is that USB drive safe? ClevX partners with Kingston to boost portable data security

Seattle-area technology company ClevX is partnering with Kingston to boost the security of two models of Kingston USB flash drives. The ClevX technology runs on the flash drives themselves to keep them free of rootkits, viruses and other digital threats. It’s an approach that could grab the attention of corporate IT managers. The need for better security on USB… Read More

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Deutsche Telekom boss to step down at end of next year

Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of Bellevue-based T-Mobile, announced today that CEO Rene Obermann plans to step down by the end of next year. He’s worked with the company for 16 years. The decision follows some big changes at T-Mobile, including the appointment of CEO John Legere in September. T-Mobile also has entered into an agreement… Read More

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Giving back made easy: New Placed app lets you donate to charity by installing app

Privacy is important and understandably, people often opt-out of having their location tracked by certain apps. But a new app from Seattle location analytics startup Placed encourages tracking by allowing users to make charitable donations in exchange for having their location tracked. The new service is called Give 2 Charity. Users install the app, grant it location… Read More

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How geeks do charity: Use your GPU to churn out goats

Your computer’s graphics processor might be more charitable than you think. CoinLab, a Seattle-based tech startup that focuses on the Bitcoin digital currency, has come up with a way for PC users to take advantage of their spare GPU cycles to raise money to buy goats for impoverished families around the world. Yes, real goats…. Read More

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Best Buy’s top geek Stephen Gillett resigns after 9 months

It was a big deal earlier this year when Best Buy lured Stephen Gillett away from Starbucks to lead digital efforts for the Minneapolis  consumer electronics retailer. But shortly after Gillett’s arrival in March, Best Buy entered a tailspin. The stock — down nearly 50 percent this year — continued to fall after management changes… Read More

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Redfin to top $50M in sales: Kelman says there’s more to the Internet than ‘just running ads for other people’

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman popped by the TechCrunch offices earlier today to talk about the company’s new Collections photo service, which we wrote about earlier. But that’s not what caught our attention. For the first time that I can recall, Kelman disclosed the company’s annual revenues, noting in the interview that Redfin will do north… Read More

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WhitePages CEO spreads awareness about school shootings with online database

Thanks to heavy media coverage, most people are familiar with mass school shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and now, Newtown. But there are many other tragic stories that often go unheard. To remedy this, WhitePages CEO Alex Algard created StopTheShootings.org in 2009. In light of the recent Newtown tragedy, Algard re-launched the website to spread… Read More

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Facing Nasdaq delisting, struggling Motricity proposes reorganization plan

Facing a delisting notice from the Nasdaq Stock Market, struggling mobile software company Motricity is currently weighing a reorganization plan in which it would become a wholly owned subsidiary of a newly-formed Delaware corporation by the name of Mobile Systems Corp. In a SEC filing today, Motricity said that it received a delisting notice from the… Read More

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Consumers spent a record $7 billion online last week, holiday season spending up 13 percent from 2011

Consumers are spending money online in record-setting fashion. A new report out from comScore on holiday spending was released today and people spent more than $7 billion — $7 billion! — for online purchases during the week of Dec. 10-16. That’s an average of $1 billion spent online per day last week. Since Nov. 1, consumers… Read More

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2012 mobile trends: Samsung surging, iPad mini popular

Millennial Media, an independent mobile advertising platform, reflected on 2012 mobile trends and a few things stood out: The surging growth of Samsung and the popularity of the iPad mini. Looking at overall share of Android devices accessing apps using Millennial’s mobile ad platform, Samsung held 46 percent of impressions overall among Android devices in Q3 2012…. Read More

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Former Windows chief Sinofsky to teach at Harvard

Steven Sinofsky, the former Microsoft Windows chief, will return to Harvard Business School as an “executive in residence” this spring, he said on Twitter this morning. Sinofsky was a visiting scholar at Harvard in the 1990s and later collaborated on a management book with a Harvard Business School professor. Answering questions on Twitter, the former… Read More

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Happy Holidays: State’s jobless rate falls below 8%

Here’s some holiday cheer for you. Washington’s estimated unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 7.8 percent in November, landing below 8 percent for the first time since January 2009. The numbers come as the region’s tech industry continues to fire on all cylinders, with companies such as Amazon, F5 Networks, Concur as well as new… Read More

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Redbox Instant by Verizon rolled out to beta testers

Last week, Redbox parent Coinstar and Verizon announced more details about their joint venture streaming video service, and now the service is being rolled out in a private beta. You can sign up here. Redbox Instant’s invitation-only beta product offers unlimited streaming of thousands of movies at $8 per month — free for the first month… Read More

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A familiar face at AdReady: Aaron Finn returns as CEO

AdReady co-founder Aaron Finn stepped down from the online advertising rat race a few years ago to return to his home in Iowa. But now the former Classmates.com executive, who co-founded AdReady in 2006, is back at the helm of the Seattle startup. AdReady today is announcing that Finn has returned as CEO, taking over… Read More