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RealNetworks hires industry vet Atul Bali to lead video game division

RealNetworks today announced that Atul Bali, a 20-year gaming industry vet, will head up the company’s video game division beginning later this month. Bali was previously the CEO of Aristocrat Technologies, a company that supports land-based and online gaming solutions. He’ll be in charge of RealNetworks’ game portfolio, which includes the GameHouse — formerly RealGames — and… Read More

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Rhapsody, Napster top 1.7M subscribers, up 63%: ‘It’s us and Spotify and everyone else’

The combined subscriber base of the Rhapsody and Napster music services has grown to more than 1.7 million globally, achieving a 63 percent year-over-year increase and sending a message about parent company Rhapsody International’s status in an increasingly competitive market for digital music services. “It’s really us and Spotify and everyone else,” said Paul Springer,… Read More

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Google Chromecast gets 10 new apps, including RealPlayer Cloud

Google this morning announced 10 new apps for Google Chromecast, including support for RealPlayer Cloud, the new video player and cloud service from Seattle-based RealNetworks. The integration will let RealPlayer Cloud users ‘cast’ their personal videos from devices to the television via the Chromecast dongle. Other apps announced for Chromecast include Plex, Avia, VEVO, Red… Read More

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RealNetworks sells remaining stake in LoEn digital music company for $29.3M

RealNetworks has sold its remaining stake in Korean digital music distribution company LoEn Entertainment, netting $29.3 million in cash, according to a note in a regulatory filing from the Seattle company this week. A spokesperson for RealNetworks said the company sold the stake to capitalize on a financial opportunity, but RealNetworks remains “a close partner”… Read More

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RealNetworks buys European ringback tone firm Muzicall

RealNetworks has acquired Muzicall, a 9-year-old London company that specializes in ringback tones. The company will be integrated with Real’s mobile entertainment division, which works with carriers to manage 18 million ringback tone subscribers. Ringback tones replace the traditional ring that a caller hears before their phone call is answered. They typically consist of music,… Read More

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Tech Moves: Prevencio lands biotech vets; Lively hires music vets; DomainTools nabs Roberts

—Prevencio, an early-stage biotech company working on cardiac biomarker tests, has named H. Perry Fell as chairman and Rhonda Rhyne as president and CEO. Fell is a well-known Seattle area biotech leader, having previously served as CEO of NanoString Technologies and Seattle Genetics. Rhyne is the former president of CardioDynamics, which sold to SonoSite in… Read More

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RealNetworks tries to get back in sync with new ‘RealPlayer Cloud’ service

One of the original brands behind the Internet media revolution, RealPlayer, is making a push into the cloud era with a new service, RealPlayer Cloud, that aims to solve some of the toughest challenges involved in sharing and distributing videos online. RealNetworks calls it the first integrated video player and cloud service. The Seattle-based company… Read More

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Rhapsody reset: Revenue slips 8% as music service drops ads and MP3 sales to focus on subscriptions

Rhapsody is focusing more intently on its core music subscription service, dropping third-party ads from its Rhapsody.com website and discontinuing sales of MP3 downloads. And in the short term, at least, the move is putting a damper on the company’s revenue growth. Revenue at the Seattle-based company dropped 8 percent to $34.7 million in the… Read More

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Seattle tech vet Matt Hulett named CEO of ClickBank

Matt Hulett, the Seattle startup veteran who was most recently president of RealNetworks’ video-game division, has been named the CEO of ClickBank, a Boise-based digital content creation, distribution and marketing platform. Hulett, the former AdXpose (Mpire) CEO and Expedia Corporate Travel president, announced his departure from RealNetworks’ GameHouse unit a month ago for an unspecified… Read More

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GameHouse chief Matt Hulett leaving RealNetworks for mystery job

Matt Hulett, the Seattle startup vet who overhauled RealNetworks’ GameHouse games division, is leaving the company to accept an unspecified “executive opportunity out of state,” according to a regulatory filing this morning. Hulett, the former AdXpose (Mpire) CEO and Expedia Corporate Travel president, isn’t yet saying publicly what he plans to do. Hulett led GameHouse,… Read More

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RealNetworks shakes up mobile business, hires former Dada CEO as division president

RealNetworks this morning announced a new president and a broader strategy for its newly renamed Mobile Entertainment Division. Max Pellegrini, the former CEO and chairman of mobile web company Dada.net, is joining the Seattle company to lead the division as part of RealNetworks chairman Rob Glaser’s bid to revive the company that he founded 18… Read More

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Zulily nearing deal to secure big lease at RealNetworks HQ

Fast-growing daily deal service Zulily has signed a letter-of-intent to occupy a large portion of the Seattle Trade & Technology Center along Elliott Avenue, GeekWire has earned. A deal has been rumored for months, but the letter-of-intent is the first solid signal that the heavily-funded company is pushing forward with its plan for the space…. Read More

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Year in review: Vote for the top Seattle tech story of 2012

It’s been quite the year in Seattle technology. Amazon.com kept growing. Microsoft kept transforming. And several startups raised huge rounds of cash as they looked to become the next Microsoft or Amazon. In case your head was filled with too many Tweets and Facebook posts to keep up, here’s a handy look back at the biggest… Read More