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Bing Don’t Lie: Microsoft algorithm accurately predicts outcome of ‘The Voice’

So far, so good for Microsoft’s foray into pop-culture predictions. By crunching data from social networks and the company’s Bing search engine, Microsoft was able to correctly predict the two contestants eliminated from “The Voice” on Tuesday night. Sorry, Dani Moz and TJ Wilkins, but the algorithm was right. Maybe that’s what Shakira was pissed about. Microsoft had originally predicted that… Read More

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Gawker’s Nick Denton knows exactly what Jeff Bezos should do with The Washington Post: Ditch print, distribute Kindles

Nick Denton is a controversial new media titan, uncovering the gossip that no one else in the news business will touch. The 47-year-old Gawker Media founder — whose online properties include Gizmodo, Deadspin, Kotaku and others — also knows how to build big audiences. And now Denton has some advice for Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos, who… Read More

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Social TV startup Wetpaint acquired by Viggle for $30M

Wetpaint, an 8-year-old Seattle startup led by entrepreneur Ben Elowitz, has been sold to New York-based Viggle for a purchase price of $30 million. Founded initially as a provider and network of wikis, Wetpaint pivoted over the years to create a destination for entertainment and celebrity news, attracting more than 12 million unique visitors per… Read More

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Former Cheezburger and Garden.com exec launches firm to gobble up emerging digital media properties

Seattle Internet executive Cliff Sharples is currently on an around-the-world adventure with his wife and five kids — writing about the adventures they experience as they bump between places like Greece, Spain and Tanzania. But he’s not letting a little travel get in the way of his next venture. Sharples, a former HomeAway and Kinetx… Read More

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iSpot.tv raises $5M, looks to provide better advertising insights by analyzing 35,000 TV commercials

Sean Muller didn’t have to raise cash for his fast-growing Seattle area startup iSpot.tv. After all, the 15-person company — which measures thousands of TV commercials and provides competitive intelligence to advertising agencies and cable networks — has been signing up big-name customers like ESPN, Jos. A Bank and GroupM at a rapid clip in… Read More

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Which Jeff Bezos just bought The Washington Post?

William Randolph Hearst. Joseph Pulitzer. John S. Knight. Katharine Graham. And now … Jeff Bezos. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has emerged as the latest newspaper publisher with a $250 million purchase of The Washington Post, a deal which closed Tuesday when the Graham family signed over the assets of the paper to a private investment… Read More

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The next wave of news: Peer-to-peer livestreaming

Twitter enabled any person to reach anyone in the world directly with 140 characters of text. And, of course, you know it’s now being used as a news source for millions of people throughout the world. News always breaks on Twitter before it breaks on television. But WHY is the ability to reach the world… Read More

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What Bezos buying The Post teaches us about business threats

Jeff Bezos set off quite a bit of handwringing and soul-searching when he purchased The Washington Post earlier this month for $250 million, from the digital disruption and destruction of the media industry, to debate over exactly where the Amazon.com founder lives (in case “the other Washington” wasn’t clear enough), to the inevitable online shopping jokes. Clearly, owners of… Read More

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A wild idea for Bezos and the Post: Develop a ‘Kindle Printer’ and shut down the main press

The economics of delivering a local newspaper to your doorstep just don’t make sense anymore. The reasons? Declining subscriber counts and increased competition from free content online. However, as expensive as it is to produce, there are certainly people who would rather consume their news in that traditional paper format. What if that fixed delivery… Read More

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Breaking: Jeff Bezos buying Washington Post for $250M

In a surprise move, Jeff Bezos has reached a deal to acquire the Washington Post Co.’s newspaper publishing business for $250 million, promising to give the Amazon founder ownership of one of the nation’s most storied journalistic institutions at a time of dramatic change for the traditional newspaper industry. The agreement was announced a few… Read More

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Seattle Times sells old HQ near Amazon campus, plans to use cash for digital transition

Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood is undergoing a radical transformation, driven largely by the arrival of technology companies such as Amazon.com. But now one of Seattle’s oldest businesses is cashing in on the redevelopment, hoping to use the new proceeds to re-invent its business for the digital era. The Seattle Times announced today that it… Read More

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NBCNews.com confirms office move from Redmond to downtown Seattle

NBCNews.com confirmed today that it is moving its operations from Microsoft’s Redmond campus to Seattle’s tallest skyscraper, Columbia Center. It plans to take over floor 26 in the building later this year, about 23,000 square feet of space. “We’re thrilled to be moving into our own home at the Columbia Center,” said Vivian Schiller, Chief… Read More

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Oregonian lays off 35, cuts back on home delivery to focus on digital

Another daily newspaper is going digital and slowing the presses, as The Oregonian announced Thursday that it will be cutting down home delivery to four days per week. The company, which first printed in 1850 and has won seven Pulitzer Prizes, also laid off 35 reporters, photographers and other staffers, according to the Willamette Week, which obtained a… Read More

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Kim Thompson, 1956-2013: Fantagraphics co-publisher helped shape the comic book industry

Kim Thompson, the pioneering comics publisher who along with Gary Groth helped define the comics book industry though their Fantagraphics publishing house, has died of lung cancer at the age of 56. “Kim leaves an enormous legacy behind him,” said Groth, who worked alongside Thompson for 36 years. “Not just all the European graphic novels… Read More

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USA Today owner Gannett to buy KING parent Belo for $1.5B

Big acquisition in the media world this morning: Belo Corp., the parent company of television stations including Seattle’s KING-TV, has agreed to be acquired by USA Today owner Gannett Co. for $1.5 billion in cash. The deal will add 20 television stations to Gannett’s portfolio, nearly doubling the Virginia-based company’s TV holdings. Belo, based in… Read More

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Letter: Seattle Times objects to News Council’s ‘quasi-judicial spectacle’ and online vote

Update, June 4: The Seattle Times sent this note to the Washington News Council correcting a portion of its letter below. “We at The Seattle Times apologize for any misunderstanding we may have created about Dr. Wollert’s status with Washington State University, Vancouver.  While the university’s director of communications had told us that the title… Read More