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New CEO Marissa Mayer cashing in over at Yahoo

It’s official. New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is making serious bank at the struggling tech giant. All Things D wrote this afternoon that Mayer’s take could reach at least $60 million. The LA Times Business section took a look at the same numbers and came up with a much larger valuation of $129 million if… Read More

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New Twist to mobile tracking, stalking your peeps

Yet another technology is about to launch that will make it harder to lie to your boss and significant others about your whereabouts. It’s an iPhone app called Twist. That’s right, kids. The new free app gives users the goods on your ETA, including location and how far away you are. Of course, you can use… Read More

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Vintage player piano takes song requests via Twitter

In the never-ending recycling of what’s-old-is-new-again (see speakeasies with overpriced specialty cocktails; vintage-looking eyewear; Fiona Apple), the latest example is Stanley — a player piano that takes song requests via Twitter. Stanley is appearing at the Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend, according to Seattle Magazine, so go ahead and start making your playlists to… Read More

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B&N unveils Nook for Web; 7-inch Nook rumored for fall

Today, Barnes & Noble announced the Nook for Web, giving users access to B&N’s Nook store via any PC or Mac. The free access means users can browse titles and start reading without downloading software or signing up for an account.  The book seller said that additional Nook browsing capabilities will be coming this fall… Read More

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Apple admits mistake, gets back on green tech registry

A week after Apple pulled its products from the Environmental Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, the tech and gadget giant announced today that it’s back on the global registry for greener electronics. Bob Mansfield, Apple senior VP of hardware engineering, writes in an open letter to customers, “We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple… Read More

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Northwest Energy Angels funding of cleantech clears $1M for 2012

Cleantech funding appears to be alive and well in the earth-friendly Pacific Northwest. The cleantech investment organization Northwest Energy Angels, or NWEA, reports that it has just exceeded $1 million in venture capital funding for bio-friendly companies in the region. A total of six cleantech companies received $1,132,000 from the NWEA during the first half… Read More

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IMDb’s apps launch new features, downloaded more than 40 million times

Film and TV buffs can now enjoy more specialized features with their IMDb apps. The Amazon.com unit is adding new functions to its Movies and TV apps. The popular free IMDb apps, now downloaded more than 40 million times for iOS and Android, will feature “highly anticipated discovery, personalization and social features…including message boards, check-ins,… Read More

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Report: T-Mobile likely to offer iPhone by next year

“Always the bridesmaid, never the bride” no longer… T-Mobile should get the iPhone by next year. It’s probable that the U.S. carrier will finally score the coveted gadget, according to Bloomberg, citing a report from Sanford C. Bernstein’s Craig Moffett. T-Mobile will be the last major American carrier to offer the iPhone, with Verizon, Sprint and AT&T customers… Read More

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Apple co-founder Wozniak gives Microsoft props for design

Has Steve Wozniak gone Team Microsoft? As the Huffington Post reports, the Apple co-founder said at an Entel technology press conference in Chile that he is impressed by the design of Microsoft’s new products. “I made a joke that Steve Jobs came back reincarnated at Microsoft,” he said, noting that he wants to own a Surface tablet…. Read More

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New iPhone app eases the burn of state booze tax

More than a month into Washington state’s new laws on liquor sales, and consumers are still feeling the afterburn of sticker shock from taxes not necessarily shown on the shelf. Now, thankfully, there’s an app for that. Developed by Seattle-based tech journalist Matt Hickey (writer for The Daily and other publications) and Ryan Leisinger and Jon Ponsford… Read More

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Tablets surpass smartphones in e-commerce traffic

It was bound to happen. With larger, easier-to-view screens and their sheer portability, tablets have now overtaken smartphones as devices for shopping, according to Monetate, a provider of cloud-based technology for online marketers. As reported by Gigaom, tablets drove more traffic to retail sites than smartphones during the first quarter of 2012, 6.52 percent vs. smartphones 5.35… Read More

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LinkedOut? Twitter ends LinkedIn content sharing

It appears that the content-sharing partnership forged by Twitter and LinkedIn in 2009 — like “peanut butter and chocolate,” according to LinkedIn’s blog post at the time — is no more. LinkedIn informed its users in an email message this afternoon, “Twitter recently evolved its strategy and this will result in a change to the way… Read More

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Nearly naked geeks: The summer of ‘nerdlesque’ is here

Geeks can rejoice — burlesque is now embracing its inner nerd. At least four nerd-themed burlesque shows — or nerdlesque — are planned for Seattle, starting this weekend. “Behind the Blue Door,” a Doctor Who-inspired show kicks it all off this Friday and Saturday. “JOYstick!, a video-game themed burlesque show, is July 20-21, and is… Read More

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Zillow unveils new search tool ‘Compare’

Deciding whether to make a move or not might just be easier with this — real estate site Zillow launched a new feature called Compare, a search tool that lets users look at two different housing markets, side by side. It works like this: Users plug in two locales — compare regions, cities, even neighborhoods… Read More

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‘Slut factories’ and Super PACs: Melinda Gates on ‘Colbert’

Did Stephen Colbert just get away with calling the Gates Foundation a ‘slut factory?’ Last night the cantankerous faux right-winger took aim at Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on The Colbert Report. Gates appeared on Colbert to talk foreign aid, especially the Foundation’s new initiative to make contraceptives more widely… Read More

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Zipwhip brings texting to Android tablets

Seattle-based Zipwhip — the people who brought you cloud texting on your desktop using your mobile number — today announced that their Zipwhip texting app is available for Android Tablets. Once you download the app, you can tap on the “Z” icon and start texting. Zipwhip on Android lists the history of your text conversations,… Read More