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IDC calls Microsoft Surface reception ‘muted, at best’ — fewer than 1M units shipped

A new report from the IDC research firm says that Microsoft’s Surface tablet, with its initially limited distribution, wasn’t able to crack the top 5 in worldwide tablet shipments in its debut quarter — registering 900,000 units, or less than 2 percent of the tablet market. Another research firm, iSuppli, tells CNet News.com that actual… Read More

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Tablets now more than half the size of the PC market

Tablet shipments worldwide topped 52.5 million units over the holidays, an increase of 75 percent — the biggest single jump in the history of the tablet market. Tablets are now more than half the size of the traditional PC market, or 58 percent. That’s what we’ve deduced from a little math following the release today… Read More

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This Chrome add-on puts your Gmail, social media notifications all in one place

For those who can’t keep track of Gmail and social media channels, here’s a neat new add-on for Google Chrome users. Chime for Chrome is a browser extension that aggregates all your notifications from Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Reddit, Quora, Github, Flickr, Foursquare and Stackoverflow. If you’ve already logged into the accounts on Chrome, the… Read More

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Menuish helps you find restaurant menus on your phone

Like many couples hitting the town for a bite, Chris Eigner and Devon St. Clair started scrolling through their phones to find a good place to eat. But much to their frustration, most restaurants have flash-filled websites that are difficult to navigate, much like this Oatmeal comic demonstrates. So after dinner that night nine months ago,… Read More

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Ignition’s Cam Myhrvold: The problem in Seattle isn’t money, it’s the entrepreneurial talent

What’s the missing ingredient in Seattle’s startup community?  Is it a lack of smart money? Or a lack of solid entrepreneurs? Well, for one of Seattle’s top venture capital firms the answer is pretty clear: It’s the entrepreneurs.  Cam Myhrvold of Ignition Partners delivered some bitter medicine about the Seattle startup community in remarks Wednesday afternoon at… Read More

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Bill Gates says Steve Jobs was “always cooler than me”

Steve Jobs may have been “cooler” than Bill Gates, and that’s OK. The Microsoft co-founder and chairman made his first-ever appearance on The Colbert Show last night and answered questions about his philanthropy, his days at Microsoft and Jobs. “I was lucky enough to meet Steve Jobs a few times, and people always say ‘what… Read More

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B2B startup accelerator 9Mile Labs taps Microsoft VP, veteran VC to lead the charge

Sanjay Puri thinks more needs to be done to help entrepreneurs in the Seattle region — one of the reasons why he recently formed the startup accelerator 9Mile Labs. He calls the early-stage funding environment in Seattle at the moment “inadequate” — something I’ve also discussed in recent columns and remarks. Well, now the former marketing… Read More

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Superman, where you at? Emerald City Comicon website hacked

Maybe it was Joker. Possibly Lex Luthor. Could have been Bane. It’s unclear exactly which villain hacked the Emerald City Comicon’s website and backup files, but organizers of one of the country’s biggest comic book conventions are now scrambling to build a new website. The timing of the hacking is worrisome, as the convention is just a month away… Read More

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After Symform stint, Matthew Schiltz takes charge at cloud startup Tier 3

Seattle technology executive Matthew Schiltz has landed a new startup gig — just a week after he left cloud storage startup Symform. Schiltz’s new employer is Tier 3, an enterprise cloud management platform startup backed by Madrona Venture Group, Ignition, Intel Capital and others. Bellevue-based Tier 3, which raised $10 million last September, touted 100… Read More

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Chart: Amazon skyrockets to almost 90,000 employees

At the end of 2008, Amazon reached a notable milestone, topping 20,000 employees worldwide. Turns out the company was getting started. Four years later, Amazon is quickly approaching the 90,000 mark, disclosing in its earnings report yesterday that it had 88,400 full- and part-time employees as of Dec. 31. If the meteoric growth continues, Amazon… Read More