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Tech Moves: Amazon vet jumps to Apple; RealNetworks taps InfoSpace lawyer; F5′s new director; etc.

Apple and Amazon.com are becoming pretty intense rivals. And that rivalry is now spilling over into the war for talent. Kara Swisher at All Things D reports that Amazon.com executive William Stasior, who led the online retailer’s A9 search unit, has been hired by Apple to run the Siri voice recognition unit. Swisher notes that… Read More

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InfoSpace changes name to Blucora

One of Seattle’s longest-running Internet brands is being swept into the dust bin of history — and some may say it is about time. InfoSpace, the dot-com survivor founded by Internet entrepreneur Naveen Jain in 1996, today announced that it is changing its name to Blucora Inc. As part of the move, the Bellevue company… Read More

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InfoSpace shares soar after big revenue boost from new TaxAct unit

Investors are liking the new face of InfoSpace. The Bellevue company, a dot-com darling and survivor, transformed itself yet again with the $287 million purchase of online tax preparation company TaxAct earlier this year. And the addition of that unit is already adding a nice boost to InfoSpace, which Wednesday reported that revenues jumped 124… Read More

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InfoSpace CTO to resign next month

InfoSpace has been going through a number of transformations lately, namely the company’s $287 million acquisition of TaxACT. Now, here’s another big change. Travis McElfresh, who joined the Bellevue Internet search company as chief technology officer in 2010, plans to step down effective March 23. No reason was given for the departure, which was disclosed… Read More

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Q&A: Here’s why InfoSpace just paid $287M to compete with TurboTax

It’s no secret that InfoSpace has wanted to expand through acquisitions. The cash-rich Internet search company spelled out its strategy on nearly every quarterly earnings call last year, and over the past few months CEO Bill Ruckelshaus has looked at about 100 different companies. But on Monday InfoSpace finally pulled the trigger, agreeing to buy Cedar… Read More

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InfoSpace’s unusual evolution continues with $287 million purchase of TaxACT

InfoSpace, the dot-com survivor that has pivoted multiple times throughout its 16-year history, is embarking on yet another voyage. The Bellevue company today announced the acquisition of TaxACT, the number two player in online tax preparation software. InfoSpace is paying $287.5 million for TaxACT, with plans to keep the company as a subsidiary operating out of… Read More

Charlie Ellis

Tech Moves: Microsoft vet joins EnergySavvy; InfoSpace names CFO; and more

Charlie Ellis, an 11-year veteran of Microsoft who worked on the Excel and SharePoint teams, has joined three-year-old Seattle startup EnergySavvy. Ellis tells GeekWire that he was ready to leave his job at Microsoft, which he said had become more about dealing “with organizational complexity.” “At EnergySavvy, I found a great combination of an awesome and dynamic… Read More

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Tech Moves: Symform taps Dawson; changes at InfoSpace; etc.

Symform, the Seattle cloud storage startup which scored $1 million in financing in September, has named Margaret Dawson to the position of vice president of marketing. Dawson previously worked at Hubspan, Microsoft, Amazon.com and Aventail. “Margaret knows how to take a brand and product to market leadership and has the proven experience and passion to… Read More

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InfoSpace posts revenue of $54M, continues to eye acquisitions

InfoSpace today reported a net loss of $3.9 million on revenue of $54.3 million. The Bellevue Internet search company posted earnings per share of 10 cents, which was in line with analysts’ expectations. The net loss included a $7.7 million charge related to the sale of the company’s e-commerce business, Mercantila. InfoSpace, whose CFO David… Read More

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Tech Moves: Avvo gets a new VP

We’ve been tracking some departures, appointments and even new office space in the Pacific Northwest tech industry in recent days. Here are a few notable Tech Moves: Avvo, the online directory of lawyers and doctors, not only has a new VP of marketing but also new office space. The company, which has moved into the… Read More

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InfoSpace introduces Content Experience Platform

We’ve been wondering how InfoSpace plans to pivot, especially after news Monday that the company had entered into a deal to sell off its Mercantila e-commerce business after just 13 months. Well, the Bellevue company is showing off one direction today at the NCTA Cable Show in Chicago. InfoSpace plans to host a demonstration of… Read More

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InfoSpace boosts profits, names Bill Ruckelshaus CEO

InfoSpace has had more lives than a cat. But the Bellevue Internet search company appears to be reinventing itself pretty well. The company today posted net income of $2.1 million, or six cents per share, on relatively flat revenue of $61.6 million. It also elevated interim CEO Bill Ruckelshaus to the top executive post at… Read More