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Mobile gaming company looks to capitalize on WikiLeaks

Two buddies who worked as interns for the National Security Agency in high school are now turning their attention to mobile games. Their Seattle company, Happy Monster Games, is launching a new title this week for Android called Trickyleaks. The $1 game is a play off WikiLeaks in which game players take on the role… Read More

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How cell phones are reshaping the developing world

The mobile phone is transforming the developing world, reshaping how people conduct business and communicate. But that’s not always a good thing. In the latest episode of Media Space, the University of Washington’s Hanson Hosein chats with Gobee Group’s Jessica Rothenberg-Aalami about the impact of mobile devices and other technologies in places like Africa, Asia… Read More

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As iPhone battle mounts, AT&T holds its ground against Verizon

Analysts, bloggers and other tech prognosticators (ourselves included) thought AT&T’s loss of exclusive iPhone rights might serve as a death knell. But the country’s second largest wireless carrier is still hanging in there against Verizon, despite losing the exclusive agreement with Apple earlier this year. AT&T added 62,000 contract customers during the first quarter, a… Read More

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After a long squabble, Sprint agrees to invest $1B in Clearwire

Negotiations between Clearwire and Sprint Nextel have been going on for months, sometimes heated and often playing out in the press. But the two companies have finally resolved their differences, with Sprint agreeing to pay $1 billion through 2012 to utilize the Clearwire high-speed network. “We are pleased to reach this wholesale pricing agreement with… Read More

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Morrison tapped to lead Verizon Wireless operations in the NW

Verizon Wireless has named Bobby Morrison as president of the Pacific Northwest Region. He’ll replace Kelly Kurtzman, a 10-year vet of the post who has been promoted to Vice President of Verizon Telecom Operations in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Most recently, Morrison served as executive director of sales and marketing for the Midwest Region. In the… Read More

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Zapd tops 100,000 downloads, aims for 900,000 more

People must really want to build Web sites, and build them fast. Zapd, the new iPhone app developed by Seattle entrepreneur Kelly Smith, today provided an update on the adoption of the mobile application after its first two weeks in existence. Zapd has recorded more than 100,000 downloads via iTunes, with sports fans, photographers and… Read More

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Nuance unplugs Jott: Voice-to-text service to end May 3rd

You won’t be able to Jott anymore. The mobile service, which allowed users to convert voice messages to text, will be turned off on May 3rd. Started in April 2006 by former Microsofties John Pollard and Shreedhar Madhavapeddi, the Seattle company was sold to Nuance Communications in 2009. A message on the Jott blog notes that… Read More

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Chart: Google Android continues to soar, while Windows Phone slumps

You’d think by this time Microsoft might have regained some of its mojo in mobile. But the latest report from comScore indicates that the company’s Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system has yet to catch on. Microsoft’s market share for smartphones slipped from nine percent to 7.7 percent between November and February, while Google’s Android… Read More

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Zillow touts mobile growth, releases new BlackBerry app

Zillow.com has attracted plenty of consumers with its iPhone, iPad and Android apps. But the Seattle company’s latest mobile release has another group in mind: real estate professionals. Zillow today is releasing its first app for the BlackBerry, the most popular mobile device used by those in the real estate profession. There’s plenty of competition… Read More

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Rhapsody so far avoiding Apple’s 30%, ‘hopeful’ about resolving subscription dustup

An updated version of Rhapsody’s app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad was made available for download today. Yes, the update received approval from Apple. But no, the Seattle music service hasn’t bowed to the controversial new in-app subscription rules that would give Apple 30 percent of revenues from subscriptions sold through third-party iOS apps…. Read More

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Exclusive: Fast-growing Swype scores cash from Ignition, hints at Apple iOS integration

One of Seattle’s hottest startup companies has scored cash from one of the region’s biggest venture capital firms. Swype, which allows consumers to input text on mobile phones and tablet computers with the “Swype” of a finger, has landed $3.5 million in a deal led by Bellevue-based Ignition Partners. Swype CEO Mike McSherry tells GeekWire… Read More

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Washington AG Rob McKenna is keeping tabs on AT&T’s planned buy of T-Mobile

One of the big fears surrounding AT&T’s proposed buyout of  T-Mobile is that the deal will decrease competition in the mobile industry, potentially leading to higher prices for consumers. The massive $39 billion deal, which still faces tough scrutiny from federal regulators, also is getting a close look by some state attorneys general, including  Washington… Read More

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Microsoft uses Amazon to bolster Apple ‘App Store’ fight

Microsoft’s fight against Apple’s attempt to trademark the phrase “App Store” took on new significance last week when Apple sued Amazon.com over its use of the phrase — and tried to get the MiKandi adult “app store” to stop using it, as well. Those developments mean Microsoft is no longer waging this battle just for… Read More

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It’s official: Sprint says AT&T’s T-Mobile deal stinks

We knew that Sprint wasn’t happy about AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, based on comments by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse about the deal. But the company today made it official, announcing that it will formally oppose the $39 billion combination. An excerpt from the company’s statement. The transaction, which requires the approval of the… Read More