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Rover.com fetches $12M, plans to expand dog sitting marketplace

Online dog sitting marketplace Rover.com has a new best friend: Menlo Ventures. The Silicon Valley venture capital firm, an early backer of Fab.com, Uber and Tumblr, is leading a $12 million investment in the Seattle startup. That brings total funding in the 43-person company to nearly $25 million, making it the most heavily funded of… Read More

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Here are the 10 countries where you’ll find the world’s fastest Internet

If fast Internet is your number one priority when thinking about where to live, East Asia might your best bet. That’s one takeaway from Akamai’s Q3 2013 “State of the Internet” report that was published today and analyzed Internet connections in locations around the world based on data from Akamai’s Intelligent Platform. Globally, Internet speeds… Read More

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Seattle, take note: Small town of Ellensburg approves plan to build publicly-owned fiber network

While Seattle struggles to set up a city-wide fiber-to-the-home Internet network, at least one Washington town is well on its way to doing so. The Ellensburg City Council has approved plans to build a publicly-owned fiber network, agreeing to a $961,000 contract with Canon Construction to lay 13 miles of fiber above and below the town of… Read More

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Comcast and Khan Academy team on broadband push for low-income families

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen took the stage at The Atlantic’s Silicon Valley Summit this morning to announce a new partnership with Khan Academy to help bring broadband internet access to underprivileged communities. The popular online education site will partner with Comcast’s Internet Essentials program in what the company is describing as… Read More

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Speedy surfing: CondoInternet expands gigabit Internet service to Ballard

While plans for Gigabit Squared to provide lightning-fast Internet throughout Seattle are stalling, CondoInternet doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The local ISP, a subsidiary of Spectrum Networks that was acquired by Wave Broadband in September, today announced that it is expanding its gigabit service to Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. “Ballard is one of… Read More

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Mayor McGinn: Seattle’s high-speed Internet project delayed, possibly in jeopardy

Financing problems are forcing Gigabit Squared to delay plans to implement a high-speed Internet network in 14 Seattle neighborhoods using the city’s dormant “dark fiber” network. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn — a longtime champion of the project who will leave office at the end of the year — acknowledged the setback in an interview with GeekWire this afternoon. He… Read More

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Earthquake may have severed underwater cable that caused Internet and phone outage in San Juan islands

Thousands of residents in the San Juan islands northwest of Seattle have been operating without phone or Internet service for a week after an underwater cable was mysteriously severed. Now, more information is coming to light about the cause of the problem. CenturyLink says it has identified both ends of the severed cable, which had… Read More

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Gigabit Squared makes investment to bolster Seattle’s super-fast gigabit Internet

Some in the internet service provider space have expressed concern over Gigabit Squared’s plans to bring lightning-fast fiber Internet speeds to Seattle, mainly because the company had no infrastructure set up in the city yet. “The big problem is that they haven’t built anything,” Spectrum Networks co-founder John van Oppen said of Gigabit in June. “Given that they don’t… Read More

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Blazing fast broadband on the cheap: Pricing unveiled for Seattle’s gigabit Internet

Good news for those wanting to browse the web and download content at breakneck speeds: Ultra-fast Internet is officially arriving in Seattle early next year at an affordable price. Washington D.C. broadband developer Gigabit Squared today announced residential rates for the ultra high-speed fiber network in Seattle it agreed to build last December. There will be three pricing… Read More

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Putting a limit on ‘unlimited:’ Clearwire booting contracts of its biggest data gobblers

Imagine going to an all-you-can-eat buffet and getting thrown out for eating too much. Replace the grub with internet data, and that’s what is happening to some Clearwire customers. Apparently, Clearwire’s “unlimited” data plans aren’t exactly “unlimited,” and some people are being kicked off the service because of over-usage. They’ve taken to the social media airwaves… Read More

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Ben Huh: How to create an Internet meme in 3 easy steps

(Video courtesy of Felice Lam) Ben Huh kicked up his black and white leather dress shoes and bounced onstage mimicing the pop singer PSY, whose “Gangnam Style” now has more than 600 million views and a record-breaking 4.6 million likes. It was a brilliant intro to his presentation on Internet memes at the Seattle Interactive Conference that —… Read More

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Ad-supported Internet firms responsible for 5.1M jobs

A new report out from the Interactive Advertising Bureau shows that the ad-supported Internet business now account for 5.1 million jobs in the U.S., more than double the amount from four years ago. The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard University, also found that the industry contributed $530 billion to the U.S. economy last year. That… Read More