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Photos: Macklemore rocks the Paramount for T-Mobile

Wow, can we all take a breath now? In an energy-soaked performance that included two renditions of “Can’t Hold Us” and some awesome crowd surfing episodes, the dynamic hip hop duo of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis unleashed a torrent of hits Wednesday night in their hometown of Seattle. The occasion happened to be T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier… Read More

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IT automation startup Puppet Labs scores $40 million

Portland-based IT automation startup Puppet Labs is growing fast, and now the company has more fuel to add to the fire. The company announced today $40 million in fresh funding, following a $30 million round last year. Existing investors — Cisco, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Triangle Peak Partners, True Ventures and VMware —… Read More

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Cellular service provider Solavei files for bankruptcy

Solavei emerged on the scene two years ago with a high-profile list of investors, celebrity endorsers and an ambitious business model that relied on customers to spread the word about the company’s cellular phone service, earning cash along the way. From the beginning, Solavei’s multi-level marketing approach drew criticism, sparking hundreds of comments on GeekWire…. Read More

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Shares of Amazon jump nearly 3% after unveiling of new Fire Phone

Wall Street seems to like the Fire Phone, the Amazon.com smartphone that was announced today at an event in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Shares of Amazon.com jumped nearly $10 in trading this afternoon following the announcement of the device, which will begin shipping on July 25. The stock increased nearly three percent to $334, giving the… Read More

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Shares of Move Inc. jump on speculation of Trulia buyout

Trulia Inc. is still digesting Market Leader following last year’s $355 million acquisition of the Bellevue online real estate company. Now, could Trulia be on the prowl for an even bigger fish? According to a Benzinga report citing an unnamed source, San Francisco-based Trulia could be angling to buy Move Inc. for as much as… Read More

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Holy, Toledo! Zillow is now worth more than $5 billion

Investors like what they see in Zillow, and they keep sending the shares higher. The Seattle online real estate company — founded by former Expedia execs Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink nearly 10 years ago — surpassed $5 billion in market value this week. That’s a whopping valuation, more than triple the value of rival… Read More

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Seattle pet health insurance company Trupanion files for IPO

Is Fido hurt? Does Max need a little treatment? No worries, Seattle startup Trupanion is looking to fill your pet health insurance needs. The Seattle company, backed by Seattle-based Maveron and others, today filed to go public in what would be the latest company from the region to price an initial public offering. It did not list… Read More

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11 questions for author Geoffrey Moore: Education, housing and the middle class

Geoffrey Moore, the author of Crossing the Chasm and Escape Velocity, appeared in Seattle last month at the Technology Alliance’s annual luncheon. Moore gave a thoughtful talk, speaking about the risks of disenfranchising the middle class. (See earlier report:  Geoffrey Moore: How the tech industry is killing the middle class and what to do about it). After… Read More

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Priceline gobbling up OpenTable for $2.6 billion

The Priceline Group has quite the appetite for acquisitions. Two days after buying Seattle hotel marketing startup Buuteeq, the Norwalk, Conn.-based travel giant announced that it has entered into a deal to buy OpenTable for $103 per share in an all cash deal valued at $2.6 billion. Priceline’s Darren Huston called OpenTable a great match…. Read More

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Security software startup SourceClear raises $1.5 million

SourceClear, a Seattle startup that helps developers identify security threats, has raised $1.5 million in financing. Backers of the company include Box Chief Trust Officer Justin Somaini; former Cisco VP Frank Marshall; former Cisco board member Mary Cirillo; Kinzer Capital; and Realise Capital Partners. The company is led by Mark Curphey, who previously headed the software security program… Read More

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Priceline buys Seattle hotel marketing startup Buuteeq

  Buuteeq, a Seattle startup that powers the Web sites for hotels around the world, was acquired today by Priceline in a deal of undisclosed size. Buuteeq will continue to operate as an independent business within The Priceline Group, joining other units such as Booking.com and Kayak. “We are delighted to welcome Buuteeq as the… Read More

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Tech Moves: Zillow CMO named to Avvo board; Blue Box bolsters team; Dendreon CEO out; Snap Skout’s new COO and more

—Zillow Chief Marketing Officer Amy Bohutinsky has joined the board of Avvo, the Seattle company that’s building an online marketplace for legal advice. Zillow and Avvo have much in common, including ties to Expedia. Avvo was founded by former Expedia general counsel Mark Britton, while Zillow was founded by former Expedia execs Rich Barton and… Read More

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Bootstrapping vacation rentals startup Dwellable raises $2M from Seattle angels

For years, Adam Doppelt refused to take venture capital financing, using a strict bootstrapping ethos to build companies such as restaurant locator Urbanspoon and tech talent identifier CubeDuel. “Just build little things, and then see what happens,” Doppelt told GeekWire in an interview nearly three years ago. Well, Doppelt’s latest “little” startup — the online… Read More

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Double Down Interactive parent IGT reportedly exploring sale

International Game Technology, the Las Vegas-based casino game maker, is looking for a buyer, according to a report today in Reuters. The company, which in early 2012 paid up to $500 million for Seattle social gaming powerhouse Double Down Interactive, currently boasts a market value of $3 billion. IGT’s value has dropped about 21 percent… Read More