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Bezos, Ballmer make top 10 in Vanity Fair’s lists of movers and shakers

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has held onto his No. 3 spot on the New Establishment side of Vanity Fair’s annual rankings of business leaders and entertainers with serious cultural pull. And despite the decade-long stagnation of Microsoft’s stock price, and the magazine’s recent critical piece on his leadership, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer moved up one… Read More

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CarDomain Network sold to Source Interlink Media

[Correction: This post has been updated to correct the identity of the sellers.] CarDomain Network Inc. has been sold to Source Interlink Media, a Southern California media company with dozens of niche publications, websites and other products geared toward car fanatics, action sport junkies, home technology geeks and other enthusiast communities. Launched in 1998 by… Read More

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You are the machine: CyborgCamps to probe human-technology interaction

Drop the word “cyborg,” and most casual conversations will take a jarring turn toward Star Trek, Terminator, or Battlestar Galactica, where beastly human-machine hybrids threaten to take over the world. But that’s not what cyborg means anymore — at least not to Amber Case and organizers of two upcoming CyborgCamps: one happening this weekend in Seattle (it’s not too late to snag… Read More

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RealNetworks to run divisions as standalone units in possible prelude to bigger moves

RealNetworks plans to start running three of its divisions as standalone business units, saying it wants to make them more accountable for their own financial and operational performance. The company’s RealPlayer, Software as a Service and Games units will become more autonomous as a result of the changes. RealNetworks declined to comment beyond a regulatory… Read More

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Act-On Software lands $16M

Act-On Software, a Portland-area startup that helps companies automate marketing campaigns, just scored $16 million in venture capital financing. This latest round, led by Silicon Valley’s Norwest Venture Partners, doubles Act-On’s VC total to $32 million, The Oregonian reports. Trinity Ventures, US Venture Partners and Voyager Capital — all existing Act-On investors — also chipped… Read More

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Microsoft to add 1,000 jobs, boost R&D in China

Microsoft plans to add 1,000 staff to its workforce in China over the next year, a move aimed bolstering its foothold in a key market with serious growth potential, Reuters reports. Ralph Haupter, CEO for the software giant’s Greater China division, told reporters in Beijing that the new employees will work in research and development, sales, marketing and… Read More

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JogoCast lets soccer geeks share real-time game details

Attention, soccer moms and dads: A new iPhone app will make it easier for you to share late-breaking details of your kids’ soccer games with family and friends. With JogoCast, created by Bellevue-based startup Tidyware, you can update a scoreboard, enter goals, corner kicks and other play-by-play highlights, and upload photos. If several people are… Read More

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Californians hurry up and shop, shop, shop ahead of Amazon.com tax deadline

There’s a bit of an e-commerce gold rush going down in California, where Amazon.com customers are scrambling to squeeze in some last-minute shopping before they have to start paying sales tax on Sept. 15. As The Los Angeles Times reports, the company won’t confirm whether sales in California have jumped in recent weeks. But social media… Read More