Nerd Notes: Aviation High School launches with a rocket; Paul Allen’s private island for sale; and more

Cheezburger has added to its line-up of weird and wacky sites. Introducing “Bronies.” Men and boys who love the animated series “My Little Pony.” Aviation High School – where the next generation of aerospace geeks will be trained –broke ground today on a new $43.5 million campus next to the Museum of Flight. The school, the first of… Read More


Amazon ‘ElastiCache’ promises to boost web app performance

Amazon Web Services this morning made a new pitch for running web apps on its cloud computing platform, introducing a feature called ElastiCache that promises to improve the performance of web apps such as social networks, games and media-sharing sites. In basic terms, the system uses server infrastructure more efficiently to help web apps keep key… Read More


Amazon Web Services suffers another outage: Company says issue now resolved’s EC2 service suffered another outage this evening, taking out several high-trafficked Web sites and adding another black eye to the reliability of online services. The outage, which Amazon first reported on its service health dashboard at 7:39 p.m., was resolved as of 8:03 p.m., according to the company. That’s a relatively short outage. But,… Read More


Social innovators to compete for $150,000 in prize money

Can you do well, by doing good? An upcoming event — hosted by Social Venture Partners — will highlight entrepreneurial ventures from both the non-profit and for-profit worlds. The goal is to feature products or services that attempt to solve a critical need of society. That can be anything from education to protecting the environment… Read More


Amazon expands Start-Up Challenge worldwide

Amazon Web Services today announced that it is expanding its annual Start-Up Challenge competition to include a total of 15 finalists from the regions of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Within the AWS community, we’re seeing hotbeds of innovation emerge throughout the world,” said Adam Selipsky, Vice President, Amazon Web… Read More

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Tech Moves: ISB attracts an all-star fundraiser; Blue Nile taps a Starbucks vet; and more

We’ve been tracking a number of key departures, appointments and new hires in the Pacific Northwest tech industry in recent days. Here are a few notable tech moves: Sissy Walsh Bouchard, a former fundraiser at the University of Washington, has been named vice president of development at the Institute for Systems Biology. In that role, the graduate… Read More


Citrix buys, challenges Amazon and Microsoft’s Azure

Citrix Systems announced today that it is acquiring, raising the competitive bar on other cloud infrastructure services such as those from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it does signal that the market for cloud computing services is starting to heat up. With its CloudStack product,… Read More


Amazon eyes new Seattle tower for even more growth has been growing like crazy — adding 4,200 people worldwide in the first three months of this year alone. And despite a gigantic new headquarters campus, the Seattle company appears to need even more space to accommodate all that growth. We’re hearing from people in Seattle’s commercial real estate community that Amazon is on… Read More


Looking to mine data, Amazon backs analytics startup ParAccel is investing an undisclosed amount of money into ParAccel, a Campbell, California maker of business analytics software that helps executives and analysts “predict the future.” “From “great leap” conceptual thinkers to “step-by-step” problem solvers, only ParAccel has the performance to both rocket through a chain of incremental questions and answer the intricately-modeled queries imagined… Read More


Amazon alters prices on Cloud Drive amid digital music war

It is being billed as a digital music war. today announced adjustments to the pricing plans of its Cloud Drive and Cloud Player services, a move which Peter Kafka at All Things D humorously notes is part of a “cloud war” directed at Apple’s yet-to-be-released online music service. So, what exactly did Amazon announce… Read More

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos on innovation: Amazon ‘willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time’

One question at’s shareholder meeting this morning in Seattle clearly made an impression on Jeff Bezos, sparking an extraordinary response from the Amazon CEO and founder on the qualities of innovation and the characteristics of the company. The question: Amazon seems to be executing well lately — is the company taking enough risks? Added… Read More


Amazon sells Lady Gaga’s ‘Born this Way’ for 99 cents

Lady Gaga released her new album today, and is using the much-anticipated second-full length release from the singer to bolster its own music offerings. Amazon is selling digital downloads of the 14-song album and digital booklet — yes, the entire album — for a mere 99 cents. Peter Kafka at All Things D notes… Read More


Microsoft apologizes for Online Services glitches, massive email delays

Microsoft tonight detailed and apologized for a series of glitches that caused a huge email backlog in its cloud-based Microsoft Exchange Online subscription service — in some cases delaying messages for as long as three to nine hours. The company’s Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) team, which runs the service, also acknowledged a separate problem… Read More


Jeff Bezos to shareholders: ‘Invention is in our DNA’

It’s been a tough few days for The Seattle online retailer took a PR beating after a massive outage at Amazon Web Services, then on Tuesday the company’s stock plunged after posting weaker profits than projections. But, in an annual letter to shareowners released this morning (full text below), Chief Executive Jeff Bezos laid… Read More