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Seattle ranks in top 5 for broadband download speed

Feeling a bit sluggish, Seattle? Perhaps a move to Austin, San Francisco or Boston will perk you up. Pando Networks, which delivers content and downloads for MMO games, has released its annual American Broadband Study. And in it, Seattle ranks fourth for average download speeds among the largest cities in the U.S., with an average… Read More

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ParkatmyHouse: Ready to rent out your driveway?

A new online service that allows home owners near airports, sports stadiums and movie theaters to rent out parking spots in their driveways is coming to Seattle. ParkatmyHouse, a matchmaking service for drivers and property owners that’s popular in Europe and recently expanded to New York, Boston and D.C., plans to launch its service in… Read More

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Clearwire tops 10M customers, continues to pile up losses

Clearwire Corp. said Wednesday that it was one of the fastest growing telecommunications companies in the country last year, reporting revenues that jumped 143 percent to $1.25 billion. Wholesale revenue — in which the company resells access to its high-speed wireless network — represented $493 million of the company’s revenue. The Kirkland company, which lost $236… Read More

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This Internet thing is gonna be pretty huge after all: Nearly half of the planet’s population to become Web users by 2016

In case you need a friendly reminder, The Boston Consulting Group just came out with projections for how the Internet is transforming the way we conduct commerce, communicate and, basically, live our daily lives. The latest survey indicates that  by 2016, roughly 45 percent of the world’s population, or three billion people, will be using… Read More

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Planking, Pepper Spray Cop and other top Internet memes of 2011

Cheezburger is the master of memes, and 2011 created some memorable moments for lovers of Internet culture. From planking to Pepper Spray Cop, Cheezburger has been tracking all of the silliness and offbeat humor. What’s your favorite Internet meme of the year? Cheezburger community members liked My Little Pony, 60s Spider-Man captioning and the Nyan… Read More

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Stop Online Piracy Act: An important step, or the worst Internet legislation ever?

Stephen Colbert rarely books two guests to (more or less) seriously debate hot topics, but that’s precisely how “The Colbert Report” tackled a particularly contentious geek topic late last week — the recently proposed Stop Online Piracy Act. Proponents say SOPA will help protect American intellectual property by providing legal tools to combat mostly foreign… Read More

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Seattle suburb getting nation’s fastest home Internet

Highlands Fiber Network, the Internet service for the Issaquah Highlands community east of Seattle, says it will be upgrading its network on Dec. 1 to allow for download speeds as high as 1 Gigabit per second — which it believes will be the fastest residential Internet service anywhere in the country. Residents of the neighborhood… Read More

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Internet ad revenues soar to nearly $15B in first half of 2011

Advertisers continue to pump dollars into online advertising campaigns, including search, display, classifieds and email. The Interactive Advertising Bureau reported today that ad revenues soared to $14.9 billion during the first half of the year, a record total and up 23 percent over the same period last year. Randall Rothenberg, president and CEO of the… Read More

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Morning Radar: Internet bubbles; Dr. Dre meets HTC; and more

Too much money has flowed into too many Internet companies at astronomical valuations, leading Fortune’s Dan Primack to conclude that we are currently experiencing an “economic bubble” in which valuations for venture-backed companies are “spiraling out of control. A good analysis. And speaking of bubbles, Connie Loizos at PEHub talks to Marty Pichinson — aka… Read More

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Starbucks files suit to defend its use of the acronym SDN

Starbucks has found itself in a legal squabble with a South Dakota Internet Service Provider over the use of three letter acronym SDN, which the coffee retailer users to refer to its Starbucks Digital Network. In a preemptive lawsuit filed earlier this month, Starbucks sued Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Internet service provider South Dakota Network… Read More

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WiFi over TV spectrum: Microsoft tests ‘white spaces’ in U.K.

Microsoft and a large group of companies in the U.K. are launching a new trial of wireless Internet transmissions on unused “white spaces” television spectrum in Cambridge, England — seeking to prove, among other things, that the technology can work without conflicting with traditional television broadcasts. The  technology is often called “WiFi on Steroids” because… Read More

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Hark brings images to famous movie quotes, continues to build audio clip library

Hark, the Seattle startup formerly known as Entertonement, is expanding its library of audio clips to incorporate images from famous movie clips. The company also is rolling out a new way for users to quickly browse through special collections from one movie, say for example favorite lines from Glengarry Glen Ross. Dubbed Hark Curated Collections,… Read More

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Microsoft security report shows abrupt decline in spam

Microsoft this morning released its latest Security Intelligence Report, summarizing the data gleaned by the company about online attacks, viruses and other random unpleasantness across the Internet, targeting products from Microsoft and others. The report, covering the second half of 2010, shows some positive trends for the industry, including a continued decline in vulnerability disclosures,… Read More

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Why Seattle needs to create the next Zynga or Facebook

Guest Commentary: Last week, Forbes published its annual Midas List, ranking the top 100 tech investors. While these types of lists make great fodder for instapaper, I’ve found drawing substantive conclusions from them to be tenuous.  Still, sometimes I’m a sucker for the cognitive shortcuts that rankings provide. In perusing this list, I was mostly interested to find only… Read More

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Poll: Are we experiencing another tech bubble?

Here comes the “B” word again. That’s right, bubble. Venture capitalists and startups are currently engaged in a wild deal making frenzy– highlighted by the dizzying valuations behind companies such as Groupon, Facebook and LivingSocial. Cash-rich corporate tech giants also are on the prowl, looking to gobble up talent and technology before the competition does. The… Read More

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The ‘Fourth Place’: Starbucks as a technology giant

Starbucks has always aspired to be the quintessential “third place,” giving people another place to settle in apart from home and work. During the company’s annual meeting with shareholders this morning, executives talked frequently about the company’s role in the “fourth place” — a.k.a. the digital world. Some of the stats rattled off during the… Read More

Tracking the tsunami online, even before the quake

Following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan, we’ve been checking frequently with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for updates and YouTube’s CitizenTube (via AllThingsD) for videos that provide a sense for the intense scenes on the ground. Feel free to share links to your own favorite online resources below. Tsunami waves have hit… Read More