Keela Robinson

Tech Moves: Urbanspoon names CEO; Bsquare CFO to depart; Ian Lurie returns as Portent CEO; and more

—Eight months after joining Urbanspoon, Keela Robison has been promoted to CEO from SVP and general manager. She is the first to hold the title in several years, following the Seattle company’s acquisition by IAC. Robison will draw heavily on her background for the job, given the restaurant review site’s investments in mobile. Most recently, Robison… Read More

Charles Beames

Tech Moves: Paul Allen names space chief; Bsquare’s new CEO

—Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has named a new space commander to lead the charge on his ambitious Stratolaunch project. He’s tapped Charles Beames — a Department of Defense veteran and Air Force Academy grad —as executive director of Stratolaunch. “Stratolaunch is the next step in America’s drive for even more viable and flexible commercial space… Read More

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Bsquare cuts 20% of staff, closes offices in China and Germany

Bsquare is cutting 20 percent of its workforce and shutting offices in Munich, Germany and Beijing, China, moves that come a month after its longtime CEO resigned. About 50 full-time staffers and consultants are losing their jobs. “This restructuring is intended to reduce expenses, both service and proprietary software cost of sales and all areas… Read More

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Bsquare CEO ‘disappointed’ with $805,000 loss in Q2

Bsquare CEO Brian Crowley said Tuesday that he was disappointed with the company’s second quarter performance, noting that revenue fell 11 percent and net loss grew to $805,000. But he also said that recent changes now taking place at the company are starting to take root. “During the quarter we completed the transition of our North… Read More

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This coffee machine tries to figure out your age, gender

A new coffee vending machine, unveiled today by U.K. coffee company Costa Coffee, will use facial recognition and other technologies to analyze the people using the machine — adjusting the overall experience, advertising and initial coffee options based on the general demographic information it deduces about each customer. Do you look like a teenager? You… Read More

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From iOS and Android to Windows 8: Bsquare launches app porting service

Calling Windows 8 “probably the biggest porting opportunity in the history of the industry,” Bellevue-based Bsquare this morning launched a new porting service that will adapt existing iOS, Android and legacy Windows apps for Microsoft’s new PC and mobile operating systems. The service, which starts at $10,000, speaks to Microsoft’s need to fill the Windows… Read More

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Bsquare revenues fall 15% as Asian expansion continues

Revenues at Bsquare tumbled 15 percent during the fourth quarter after the Bellevue company’s third party software sales were hurt by the loss of a significant Microsoft Windows Embedded licensing customer and lower purchasing volumes from several other customers. Bsquare, which helps mobile device makers test their equipment, reported revenues of $23.3 million and a net loss… Read More

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Shares fall at Bsquare after ‘disappointing’ quarter

Bsquare, which helps mobile device makers test their equipment, today reported that revenue for the third quarter fell five percent to $24 million. The company also swung to a net loss of $166,000. CEO Brian Cowley said he was disappointed with the results, noting that the company’s recent investments have not quite paid off. The… Read More

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Bsquare buys MPC Data for $4M

Bsquare is pushing deeper into the European market today with the acquisition of MPC Data, a United Kingdom-based provider of embedded software engineering services. Bellevue-based Bsquare is paying about $4.8 million in cash for the company, which employs 52 people. “We are focused on growing our product and service breadth and the geographies that we… Read More

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China Mobile to use Bsquare’s automated testing technology

China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network operator, has signed on to use technology from Bsquare that automates the process of testing mobile handsets. The Bellevue-based technology company says China Mobile’s use of its Handset Certification Program will result in fewer glitches while getting devices to market faster. The automated process means mobile operators and… Read More