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From Picnik to PicMonkey: How these entrepreneurs rebuilt one of Seattle’s hottest startups

When Google shut down the photo-editing site Picnik in early 2012, millions of users were left frustrated and angry. Some of Picnik’s original employees shared a similar sentiment. So, they packed up, bid adieu to the corporate world and quickly got to work recreating what was lost with a new service called PicMonkey. “Sixty million voices cried out when… Read More

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Picture this: Top 10 tech photos of 2013

They made us smile; they made us think; they made us ponder what’s humanly possible. We saw and shared hundreds of great images with you all this year, whether it was an outstanding photo of the lightning-laden Seattle skyline or outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer giving a passionate, emotional speech at his last company-wide meeting…. Read More

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Bill Gates-owned Corbis buys crowd-powered photo newswire service Demotix

Corbis is expanding its footprint in the arena of photojournalism, announcing today that it has purchased photo newswire Demotix for an undisclosed priced. Corbis had previously invested in London-based Demotix, which boasts more than 30,000 freelance photographer contributors. Many of those are citizen journalists — armed with smartphones and the Demotix mobile app — can easily upload… Read More

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Ignition-backed photo sharing app Batch pulls the plug

Batch is latest casualty in the online photo sharing arena. The company, which was backed by the likes of Ignition Partners and Sequoia, told customers today that it is shutting down service with photos available for download through November 8th. “Just over a year ago we launched Batch, and the time has come for us… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Gazeable’s iPad apps help travel nuts explore the world in photos

Ram Singh loves to travel. And it’s that love that sparked the 42-year-old former Microsoft engineering manager’s latest pursuit: Gazeable. The company’s two iPad apps — Gazeable and TripRaves — essentially are pictorial guidebooks that help people answer questions like: “Which of my friends have been to Hawaii?” or “What are the most-liked photos from Spain… Read More

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Mobile photo sharing service Trover discovers the desktop

Most companies start with a Web-based version of their service, transitioning to  mobile almost as an after thought. Trover is headed in the opposite direction. Originally started as a mobile app, today the photo sharing and discovery service is taking the wraps off a new desktop version that will allow users to find and share… Read More

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Photos: The Gorge, as viewed from a radio-controlled plane

Like many of us, Seattle-area high school student Zach Sweetser took lots of photos over the Labor Day holiday. But his are way cooler. Zach, who already has his sport pilot’s license and flies a Cessna 162, also loves building and flying radio-controlled aircraft. He has made a habit of attaching a GoPro camera to his Multiplex… Read More

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Cosplay, crafts and more great scenes from GeekGirlCon

[Editor's Note: GeekWire's Emily Shahan was among thousands of people who attended the first day of GeekGirlCon yesterday at the Conference Center in downtown Seattle. She captured a bunch of photos of the scene, with some celebrity sightings along the way. Click any picture below to open a gallery. GeekGirlCon continues today, open to all... Read More

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Digital photo organizer ThisLife lands $2.75M from Madrona

There’s no shortage of places to store your digital photos, from Facebook to Flickr to Instagram to Google’s Picassa to Photobucket to a computer’s hard drive. And that’s exactly the problem that ThisLife — a Palo Alto, California upstart that’s announcing $2.75 million in funding today in a deal led by Madrona Venture Group —… Read More

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Facebook buys facial recognition startup Face.com

In a deal that was widely anticipated, Facebook announced today that it has acquired facial recognition upstart Face.com. TechCrunch reports that the price tag was in the $100 million ballpark. “Our mission is and has always been to find new and exciting ways to make face recognition a fun, engaging part of people’s lives, and… Read More

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Voicepic: Add 5-second audio captions to your favorite photos

A picture may often be worth a thousand words.  But for those instances when images alone can’t tell the story, there’s Voicepic. That’s the name of a new photo sharing app from Bellevue’s UIEvolution which allows users to easily add 5-second audio captions to personal photos. UIEvolution CEO Chris Ruff said the goal with the… Read More

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The battle to train a market: Instagram is what Facebook has been telling you guys to do for like a year, okay?

By now, it’s probably been brought to your attention that Facebook bought Instagram for a billion dollars on Monday, valuing the two-year-old photo-sharing service at approximately $100 million per employee. Predictably, everyone is asking why. More than one reputable journalist has covered this story by referencing Facebook’s continued inability to create a compelling, intuitive mobile… Read More

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On the scene at GeekGirlCon

Editor’s Note: Hundreds of people attended Day 1 of the inaugural GeekGirlCon at Seattle Center yesterday — sitting in on panels, learning crafts, showing off their best cosplay, playing games, meeting new people, and celebrating women and geek culture. Here’s a gallery of photos by GeekWire photographer Annie Laurie Malarkey, and video of the day… Read More

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Cheezburger opens a new chapter: Beautiful photos

Cheezburger, the oddball Seattle based network of humor sites, is best known for its captions on funny cat photos and videos of vomiting hang gliders. But it’s not all about the laughter over at the Cheeburger world headquarters in lower Queen Anne. The company just introduced a new site called Five Minute Getaway which isn’t funny… Read More

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UW computer science project automates time-lapse pictures

Inspired in part by people who take pictures of themselves every day, showing how they change over a period of time, computer science researchers from the University of Washington have come up with technology that automatically creates time-lapse portraits from a large collection of photos. If it sounds familiar, it’s because their research provided the… Read More

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Photo sharing site PhotoRocket chops staff, names Cockrill CEO

PhotoRocket, the photo sharing service that launched to much fanfare at the DEMO conference earlier this year, has cut about forty percent of its staff after hitting a financing wall, GeekWire has learned. As part of the cutbacks, Anna Collins — the former Microsoft general manager who joined the company as president in April —… Read More

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Inside Seattle’s geek craft fair

The Happy Go Techy Expo, held Saturday at the University of Washington, was a little bit geek craft fair, and a little bit mobile application showcase. GeekWire photographer Annie Laurie Malarkey stopped by to capture some of the wacky gifts, accessories, apps, food and crafts. Here’s a look at Annie Laurie’s photo gallery from the all-day… Read More