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Tech employee survey: Twitter is the best place to work, LinkedIn 2nd, Facebook falls to 3rd

Twitter trumps Facebook — at least in employee approval ratings. That’s just one of the findings from Glassdoor’s sixth annual Employees’ Choice Awards, which ranked the top 50 best tech companies (over 1,000 employees) to work for based on feedback from employees covering aspects like career opportunities, compensation, senior management, work/life balance and culture. Glassdoor, which compiles salary… Read More

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Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech rivals urge Obama, Congress to curb snooping

While they’re usually fierce competitors, an octet of leading technology companies have banded together to ask the U.S. to take the lead when it comes to ending government surveillance. AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo have written an open letter addressed to President Barack Obama and members of Congress, asking for significant reforms when it… Read More

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Bill Gates’ first post on LinkedIn: ’3 things I’ve learned from Warren Buffett’

Learning the game of bridge isn’t the only thing Warren Buffet has taught Bill Gates. In Gates’ first-ever post on LinkedIn titled “Three Things I’ve Learned from Warren Buffett,” the Microsoft co-founder sheds light on the lessons he’s gleaned from his good friend. Gates writes about the first time he met Buffett over a dinner his mother… Read More

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Startup lesson #2: Don’t ignore the enablers

[Editor's note: Seattle entrepreneurs Barry Chu and Dave Cotter share some of their startup lessons in starting the new mobile app SquareHub. The three-part series is running this week on GeekWire, starting yesterday with their thoughts about minimum viable products. In part two, they'll talk about how they determined product features. Part three, set to run... Read More

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Startup lesson #1: Reid Hoffman is wrong

[Editor's note: Seattle entrepreneurs Barry Chu and Dave Cotter share some of their startup lessons in starting the new mobile app SquareHub. The three-part series is running this week on GeekWire, starting today with their thoughts about minimum viable products. In part two, they'll talk about how they determined product features. Part three, set to... Read More

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Nerd Notes: Gay marriage and sushi, printable guns, and a 5-year-old’s $2,500 iPad spending spree

Editor’s Note: Nerd Notes is GeekWire’s roundup of random geekiness from around the globe. National Day of Unplugging (NDU): Beginning tonight at sunset, and ending 24 hours later, citizens across the nation are encouraged to unplug from all media. Even GeekWire’s John Cook is giving it a shot. Participants are asked to share their reasons for… Read More

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Instagram hits 100M user mark 28 months after launch

Instagram, welcome to the 100 million club. The Facebook-owned photo sharing social network announced today that two-and-a-half years after launch, Instagram has surpassed the 100 million user mark. Co-founder Kevin Systrom penned a blog post on the milestone, thanking users and writing about Instagram’s early days inside a frigid San Francisco office when he and… Read More

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Dear Alley Insider: What’s Zillow, chopped liver?

I’m a big fan of Alley Insider’s Chart of the Day service in which the online news publication puts relevant news in chart form. But their latest effort left me scratching my head. What grabbed my attention was the title of the post: “LinkedIn Is The Only Consumer Tech IPO That’s Doing Well.” Really? I am… Read More

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LinkedOut? Twitter ends LinkedIn content sharing

It appears that the content-sharing partnership forged by Twitter and LinkedIn in 2009 — like “peanut butter and chocolate,” according to LinkedIn’s blog post at the time — is no more. LinkedIn informed its users in an email message this afternoon, “Twitter recently evolved its strategy and this will result in a change to the way… Read More

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LinkedIn: No accounts hacked as result of stolen passwords

LinkedIn today updated its users on the stolen password fiasco that arose last week in which 6.4 million passwords were illegally obtained and posted on a Russian Web site. According to a blog post from LinkedIn’s Vicente Silveira the company has received no reports that member accounts have been breached as a result of the… Read More

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LinkedIn’s new app is a Windows Phone showcase

LinkedIn finally released its first official app for Windows Phone this week. It’s an important addition to Microsoft’s catalog of apps, particularly as the Redmond company tries to make inroads with business users. More than that, it’s a well-designed app that is better, in some ways, than its counterparts on iPhone and Android. The Windows… Read More

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LinkedIn, Zillow among the top IPOs of a tough 2011

It was shaping up to be a solid year for initial public offerings. But then things hit a wall in August and September, with IPO Dashboards reporting just five IPOs during the two-month period. Now, things are heating up again, though with the holidays around the corner it’s unlikely. But, for the most part, it’s still… Read More

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Do you have the startup DNA?

Let’s face it, you gotta be a little off kilter to take the entrepreneurial plunge. But what is the the actual makeup of entrepreneurs? LinkedIn takes a look today, using data collected from those who’ve identified themselves as a co-founder or founder at U.S. based companies since 2000. LinkedIn discovered that some companies and universities… Read More

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Netflix for Kids, LinkedIn apps, and other new stuff to try

Interesting new releases and downloads catching our attention today …  Netflix rolled out a new section of its website called “Just for Kids” today, offering a simplified menu of streaming movies and TV shows for children 12 and under. The company says it worked with non-profit Common Sense Media on the project. It’s available initially… Read More

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Sign of the apocalypse: Skype, LinkedIn and other changes in the ‘geosocial universe’

There have been some shifts in the “geosocial universe” in recent days, with LinkedIn going public and Microsoft gobbling up Skype. (Maybe this apocalypse thing really is gonna happen). The interactive agency JESS3 tries to make sense of things, putting some of the big and small planets in alignment. One interesting thing about the infographic below… Read More

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LinkedIn’s spectacular IPO: The pros and cons

LinkedIn’s stock more than doubled in its stock market debut Thursday, rising from the $45 offering price to a high of $122 before closing the day at $94.25. It starts its second day of trading as a public company with a market value of $8.9 billion — making it bigger than Clearwire, RealNetworks, Concur Technologies and… Read More