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Foundry Group adds $225M to its venture capital pool

Foundry Group, the Colorado venture capital firm that’s backed Seattle area upstarts such as Big Door, SEOMoz and Cheezburger as well as Portland-based Cloudability, announced today the closing of their third fund — Foundry Venture Capital 2012 LP. The fund clocks in at $225 million, the same amount that it raised in its previous fund. Foundry Group invests in software and… Read More

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This is the best book Bill Gates read this summer

Bill Gates likes to read and share his book recommendations with the rest of us, and this week he revealed which title impressed him the most summer — “Moonwalking with Einstein” by Joshua Foer. Foer, who is a science writer by day, examines our ability to memorize things, the tagline of his book is “The… Read More

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Whoops: Google Docs breaks in Safari on the iPhone

Google has updated its Drive app for iOS, finally allowing users to edit documents in the app on their iDevice. In itself, this is a great improvement for iOS users, who previously could only view text documents in the app. Currently, editing is limited to word processing documents. Spreadsheets and presentations are still read-only. However,… Read More

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Cardiac Dimensions raises $5.8M, sets sights on Europe

Kirkland-based Cardiac Dimensions recently raised $5.8 million in equity, debt and warrants, in order to buy shares from a group of 17 investors, according to a SEC filing and an article on Xconomy. The company, which produces a medical device intended to treat congestive heart failure, got clearance to sell its first product in Europe last… Read More

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Game designer Monte Cook raises over $345k for tabletop game Numenera

Seattle-based game designer Monte Cook is a familiar name to many fans of traditional roleplaying games, having worked on titles such as Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Edition) and the d20 edition of Call of Cthulhu. Cook’s latest project — Numenera — is a science fantasy tabletop roleplaying game currently on Kickstarter, where it has raised over $345,000. That… Read More

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Microsoft disrupts Nitol botnet, including strain that hijacked PC cameras, mics

Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit just conducted “Operation b70,” a strike against the botnet known as Nitol and more than 500 strains of malware — including one that hijacked the microphone and video camera of users’ computers. The malware network was associated with the domain, 3322.org. Microsoft was able to block the operation of the domain… Read More