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Court denies Move’s motion to block new Zillow employee

A King County Superior Court Judge has denied a motion by Move Inc. to block the employment of Errol Samuelson at Zillow, a legal case that’s drawn interest given the bitter undertones between the two online real estate rivals. Judge Barbara Linde ruled Monday that Move Inc., which operates Realtor.com, did not prove that Samuelson… Read More

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Redfin’s first CTO explains lawsuit against the company, says he just wants to be treated fairly

David Selinger is a die-hard Redfin supporter. He’s purchased homes through the online real estate service, and speaks highly of Redfin boss Glenn Kelman whom he calls “an amazing CEO.” Selinger, who runs the data analytics startup RichRelevance, has even been known to exchange recruiting tips with Kelman, since both companies operate dual offices in… Read More

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Microsoft defends its Hotmail snooping in Windows leak investigation

Responding to criticism of its investigation into an alleged leak of company trade secrets, Microsoft acknowledged overnight that it searched a Hotmail customer’s Microsoft accounts without a court order — but described the action as “extraordinary” and announced that it will add a new layer of outside review when it encounters similar situations in the… Read More

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Zillow poaches one Move exec, gets sued for hiring another

For the second time this month, Zillow has poached a leading executive from rival Move Inc. Zillow announced today that it has hired Curt Beardsley as vice president of industry development, responsible for bolstering relations with multiple listing services across the country. He most recently held that role at Move, which operates the Realtor.com Web… Read More

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Is this Realtor’s Web site a direct rip off of Redfin?

Take a look at the Web site of Asset Realty Group, and you might start to see some striking similarities to Redfin. Tim Ellis, a longtime real estate watcher who pens the popular Seattle Bubble blog, discovered those similarities recently and started asking some questions. The result? Ellis contends that the Asset Realty Group’s site… Read More

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T-Mobile wins injunction against AT&T unit over magenta trademark

A federal judge has ruled in favor of T-Mobile, ordering a preliminary injunction against AT&T’s Aio Wireless that bars the subsidiary from using a color that’s similar to T-Mobile’s trademarked magenta. In a ruling last month, federal judge Lee Rosenthal wrote that Aio’s use of a plum color in advertisements and marketing materials was “confusingly similar”… Read More

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‘Paper’ maker FiftyThree calls on Facebook to ‘stop using our brand name’

FiftyThree, the maker of the acclaimed sketchbook app Paper, is publicly calling on Facebook to reconsider use of the name “Paper” for its new storytelling app. In a post on the FiftyThree site this morning, FiftyThree CEO Georg Petschnigg says Paper privately contacted Facebook about the confusion surrounding its choice of name, and “they apologized for… Read More

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Courtney Love wins landmark Twitter defamation case

In a landmark case for social media, a Los Angeles jury has found that singer Courtney Love did not defame her former attorney on Twitter. The case stemmed from a Tweet Love penned in 2010 in which she claimed that her lawyer at the time, Rhonda Holmes, had been “bought off.” While the jury found that… Read More

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Early stakeholders in Scout Analytics claim venture capitalists engaged in ‘self dealing, corporate waste’ prior to $32M acquisition

Not everyone is happy about today’s $32 million acquisition of Scout Analytics by ServiceSource. A group of series A preferred stockholders filed suit last week in King County Superior Court alleging that Scout Analytics’ board, including CEO Mark Upson and venture capitalist John Connors, engaged in “self-dealing, corporate waste, and gross negligence” by failing to explore… Read More

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Ex-Microsoft manager charged with insider trading on Barnes & Noble deal and Microsoft earnings reports

Two Seattle-area men, including a former senior manager in Microsoft’s treasury group, were charged this afternoon with 35 counts of insider trading. Federal authorities allege that they made more than $390,000 through stock trades that were timed to capitalize on major Microsoft news announcements, including its investment in Barnes & Noble and Microsoft earnings reports. Microsoft… Read More

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Amazon wins key ruling in fight with IBM over $600M CIA cloud computing deal

Amazon today won a key court ruling over IBM in its bid to secure a $600 million contract to provide cloud-computing services to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The online docket from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims indicates that Judge Thomas Wheeler ruled in Amazon’s favor on its objections to the Government Accountability Office’s decision… Read More

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Contour’s court-appointed receiver sets auction, says brand may still survive

A company working on behalf of the court-appointed receiver for action-camera maker Contour Inc. said today that it’s accepting solicitations from potential buyers of Contour’s assets, tentatively setting an auction for early October but saying that the Contour brand could still survive. The announcement was made by D.A. Davidson & Co., which has been tapped… Read More

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Lead juror in Microsoft vs. Motorola was genetics pioneer Mary-Claire King

Mary-Claire King, the famed scientist who discovered the link between the BRCA1 gene and many forms of breast and ovarian cancer, is portrayed by Helen Hunt in “Decoding Annie Parker,” scheduled for theatrical release this fall. Thankfully for movie-goers, the film doesn’t include the mind-numbing details of the past week of King’s life. By pure happenstance,… Read More

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Microsoft wins jury verdict vs. Motorola; $14M in damages is half of what Microsoft sought

Updated with Google comment. A federal jury in Seattle ruled in Microsoft’s favor this afternoon in a patent dispute with Motorola Solutions — finding unanimously that Motorola breached its contractual obligations when it offered to license key tech patents to Microsoft for significantly more than what the court determined to be fair and reasonable terms…. Read More