Instagramer Paul Thompson summed up user reaction to the Facebook acquisition on the app Monday.

Instagramers to Facebook: ‘DO NOT screw this up!’

News that Facebook will acquire Instagram for $1 billion seems to have gotten everyone excited — except its users. “I’ve always felt like Instagram was a safe zone for creativity and loved its autonomy from the Facebook Machine,” said Seattle Instagramer Rachel Sawyer, who posts as @iwife on the network. “As it becomes more and… Read More

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‘Don’t burn books! Burn your iPad instead’

Seattle-area band The Half Brothers had a little fun at the expense of some of our favorite devices at a “meeting” of the Bushwick Book Club of Seattle Friday night in Columbia City. Hardly your typical discussion group, Bushwick invites book lovers to hear original music created by local artists and inspired by a famous… Read More

Kevin, the walking FedEx phone charger.

The irony of ‘Homeless Hotspots’ at SXSW

I was walking down Sixth Street, buried in my phone, when my husband, Jason, noticed something and stopped. I didn’t see it at first. It was the late afternoon on Sunday and streams of people were flowing up and down both sides of the bar-lined corridor, Austin’s main nightlife artery. They stopped here and there… Read More

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Dispatch: How to stand out at SXSW

Posting from Austin: When teams want to promote their brands at South by Southwest, they know one thing matters above all — standing out in the crowd. The same goes for SXSW panelists. I had to stop Robyn Sklaren when she walked by me on the first floor of the Austin Convention Center in these…. Read More

Wael Ghonim

What would Wael Ghonim do? 5 lessons from the world’s most successful online community manager

The world’s most successful online community manager was in Seattle last week, and you probably had no idea. Wael Ghonim, the founding administrator of the Facebook page that one year ago this month helped inspire 12 million Egyptians to topple its longtime ruler, spoke to a crowd of hundreds at Town Hall Seattle Wednesday about… Read More

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Was that Sir Mix-A-Lot? Northwest music and voices coming to Sea-Tac Airport

One day in 2008, Port Commissioner John Creighton and Seattle Office of Film and Music Director James Keblas landed in Austin for the Seattle Chamber’s Intercity Study Mission. Noting how that city marks its musical heritage with exhibits throughout the airport, Creighton turned to Keblas and asked, “Why don’t we have something like this in… Read More

Tracking Santa is easier than ever this year.

When will Santa be in Seattle?

It’s a big question on a lot of kids’ minds today, so I figured I’d just call and ask. When will Santa be in Seattle? “I can’t tell you for sure when he’s going to be in Seattle, but normally he shows up between 9 and midnight on the West Coast,” said a woman at… Read More

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Cool, huh? 16 great geek gifts from Seattle

GeekWire put out a call for geeky gifts from the Seattle region and your ideas came pouring in. So without further ado — and with just a few days left in the holiday shopping season — here are our picks for 16 locally-bred items geeks will love. Geek Gear RescueTime Pro – $36 For the distracted… Read More

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UW students hack their way to Facebook campus with music sharing and syncing app

No sleep? No problem. That’s how University of Washington seniors Ryan Ewing, Alex Juarez and Bill Cauchois and freshman Nick Barnwell tackled the 24-hour, 14-team Facebook College Hackathon finals in the company’s headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Friday. “It was pretty exciting. They put us in this big warehouse, a huge warehouse, with lots of… Read More