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LightInTheBox streamlines workforce at Ador following acquisition

Ador, the Seattle-based online fashion startup formerly known as Lockerz, has streamlined its staff following an acquisition earlier this year by Chinese e-commerce company LightInTheBox Holdings. The number of layoffs were not disclosed, but a spokesman for LightInTheBox tells GeekWire that the Seattle office remains open. “LITB aims to reallocate and streamline its workforce from time-to-time… Read More

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As tensions rise, China investigates Microsoft offices

Chinese officials reportedly visited Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, though no immediate reason was given for the investigations, according to Reuters. The visits by China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce come at a time when tensions have risen between technology giants and China, sparked in part be revelations of  U.S. National Security Agency contractor… Read More

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Zillow pays $3.5 billion for longtime rival Trulia

Zillow is paying $3.5 billion to acquire Trulia, a whopping deal that will bring together the two long-time rivals and create a powerhouse in the online real estate industry. The companies announced the deal — first reported by Bloomberg News last week and the biggest acquisition in Zillow’s 9-year history — this morning. “We obviously… Read More

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Some of the happiest states in the U.S. are the most ‘connected’

What makes you happy? Sunshine. Long walks on the beach. A cool mountain stream. How about Internet connectivity? A poll conducted by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that those states with the best home Internet connections, also happened rank high for having the happiest people. “Statistically significant evidence exists to conclude, in general, people who live… Read More

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Geeky study: Yes, Geocaching can help you lose weight

When you think about geocaching, the first thing that probably comes to mind are GPS-enabled nerds walking around the woods or city streets in search of hidden treasure. Well, that’s in part true. But there’s actually more to the hobby then meets the eye — or the waist line for that matter. A new study… Read More

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Amazon employee buzzes Seattle’s Space Needle with drone

An Amazon.com employee allegedly flew a drone right past Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, sparking even more debate in a city which has grappled with how unmanned aerial vehicles fit into society. The employee, who was visiting from out of town, told police that the drone did not hit the structure as some reports earlier indicated…. Read More

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Redfin settles stock dispute ‘peaceably’ with founder and former CTO, in run-up to possible IPO

A bitter stock dispute between Redfin and two of the company’s earliest employees has ended in a settlement agreement, terms of which are not being disclosed. Redfin co-founder Michael Dougherty and former CTO David Selinger alleged in a lawsuit in March that the fast growing company had moved to cancel their shares as it prepared for… Read More

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Seattle police say cell networks may get bogged down at Torchlight Parade, urge revelers to text

Heading to Saturday’s big Torchlight Parade in downtown Seattle? The Seattle Police Department has a message for you: Text instead of call, and limit your social media tendencies. In a blog post, the police department noted that the “region’s privately-owned cellular networks may become taxed by throngs of cell-phone wielding revelers.” Because of that, they… Read More

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Tech Moves: Urbanspoon names CEO; Bsquare CFO to depart; Ian Lurie returns as Portent CEO; and more

—Eight months after joining Urbanspoon, Keela Robison has been promoted to CEO from SVP and general manager. She is the first to hold the title in several years, following the Seattle company’s acquisition by IAC. Robison will draw heavily on her background for the job, given the restaurant review site’s investments in mobile. Most recently, Robison… Read More

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As Facebook and Twitter push into social commerce, Seattle startup Comr.se raises cash

Comr.se, a social commerce startup that graduated from B2B incubator 9Mile Labs last year, has reeled in an additional $800,000 in capital that it will use to grow the team and add new customers. The company earlier this month rolled out a full public release of the technology, which allows brands using e-commerce platforms such as  Magento, Shopify,… Read More

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Venture capital investments surge 73% in the Pacific NW

Cash was flowing to startup companies during the second quarter in the Pacific Northwest as venture capitalists pumped $410 million into 40 deals, including fast-growing companies such as ExtraHop Networks, Puppet Labs, Igneous Systems, Smartsheet.com and Avvo. That was a 73 percent uptick from the same period last year in which venture capitalists invested $237… Read More

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Mobile marketing startup HasOffers rebrands to Tune

One of Seattle’s fastest-growing startup companies has a new name. HasOffers announced today that it’s taking on the new corporate moniker of Tune. The company will continue to operate HasOffers and MobileAppTracking as products of Tune. The announcement was made today at the company’s Postback Conference in Seattle. “We’ve known for a couple of years… Read More

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Suck it, Colbert: Amazon still top U.S. brand despite PR blip

The Colbert effect may not take as much of a toll on the teflon coating of Amazon.com as you might think. Despite a concerted attack by the legendary late night comedian over Amazon’s antics with book publisher Hachette, Amazon retained the top ranking among U.S. brands, according to the YouGov BrandIndex report. The report placed… Read More

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Ex-Amazon engineers raise $8.5M to help retailers set dynamic pricing

Boomerang Commerce, a Santa Clara, Calif. startup led by former Amazon.com engineers Guru Hariharan and Madhusudhan Rao, has raised $8.5 million in series A financing from Trinity Ventures and Madrona Venture Group. The company also is officially unveiling its first product today, a new Dynamic Price Optimizer that’s designed to help online retailers dynamically set… Read More

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Realogy buying ZipRealty for $166 million, a valuation that could give Redfin pause

Realogy Holdings, which operates brands such as Coldwell Banker, Century 21, ERA and Sotheby’s International, is adding another one to its lineup. Madison, New Jersey-based Realogy today announced that it has entered into an agreement to buy publicly-traded ZipRealty for $6.75 per share in an all-cash deal valued at $166 million. “The acquisition of ZipRealty… Read More