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Redfin goes green, inks deal for land sales with Blu Homes

Redfin has struck a new partnership with Blu Homes to help those interested in building high-end pre-fab homes find land for the structures. The offering is currently only available in San Francisco, but Redfin and Blu Homes plan to expand the partnership nationwide. Through the deal, customers can find and buy land via Redfin, and… Read More

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Tech Moves: Crosscut names ex-Microsoft PR manager as publisher; Slade Gorton joins Clearwire’s board; and more

Crosscut, the five-year-old online news publication for the Pacific Northwest, has named former Microsoft corporate communications manager Greg Shaw as CEO and publisher. A former journalist who started his career at the Cherokee Advocate, Shaw has worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since 2004. He replaces Crosscut founder David Brewster who plans to… Read More

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Tech Moves: Nordstrom vet named Zoomingo adviser; Paul Allen’s PR chief leaves

Zoomingo, the mobile shopping app created by Krishnan Seshadrinathan and Shirish Nadkarni, has named former Nordstrom executive Loretta Soffe to its advisory board. Soffe spent 24 years at Nordstrom, most recently as executive vice president and general merchandise manager of the women’s division. “Loretta will play a critical role in helping Zoomingo develop both its consumer and retail… Read More

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Redfin slapped with patent suit over new Home Price Tool

Seattle online real estate company Redfin is being sued by CoreLogic for patent infringement over its Home Price Tool, a new service that it rolled out in March to help home owners get a better idea of the values of their home. Publicly-traded and based in Santa Ana, California, CoreLogic is one of the biggest largest… Read More

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Why Zillow’s CEO wants to be the OpenTable of real estate

On the surface, OpenTable may not seem to hold many similarities with Zillow. After all, one specializes in restaurants, and other in real estate. But Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff sees similarities between the two companies, telling Business Insider that those companies which simply provide leads to businesses are ripe for disintermediation. In Rascoff’s view, OpenTable has… Read More

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Comments of the week: Will this phone really take off?

The best comments, quotes, and random zingers we heard this week… “Do you have to turn off *this* phone during takeoff and landing?” –GeekWire reader Lawrence Lam commenting on news that aerospace giant Boeing plans to develop a new phone based on the Android operating system. “I hope the phone takes off. Pun intended.”–GeekWire reader… Read More

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Redfin on the radio: Online real estate firm experiments with ‘old media’

Redfin has built its online real estate service over the years largely through word-of-mouth referrals and a very active public relations effort, one which landed CEO Glenn Kelman on “60 Minutes” a few years ago. But things are changing at the Seattle online real estate company, which earlier this month started testing what newly-appointed marketing… Read More

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New iPad: First impressions, and 5 locally grown apps to try

We’ve been spending some quality time with a new iPad here today at GeekWire, focusing on the new and updated apps for the tablet’s high-definition retina display. It’s impressive, particularly when it comes to viewing high-resolution photos, but we’re not convinced that the display alone is enough to recommend buying one of the new iPads vs…. Read More

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Networking is a good thing to do, but not good enough

In a GeekWire guest post last week, Bob Crimmins said I was “flat wrong” when I advised a group of would-be entrepreneurs to focus on their product and their customers, not conferences, parties, lunches, coffees or other networking events. Bob offered a delightful guide on how to network but still I question whether networking is more… Read More

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Microsoft Windows as a ‘beautiful metaphor’ and other comments of the week

The best insights, observations, comments, tweets and random zingers we heard this week. “Windows really is a beautiful metaphor for computing and with the new logo we wanted to celebrate the idea of a window, in perspective.” –Microsoft’s Sam Moreau in a blog post describing the concepts behind the company’s new Windows logo. “Whenever you answer something,… Read More

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Here comes Redfin 3.0 … and more price increases

Redfin today announced a “massive upgrade” of its real estate service, one which CEO Glenn Kelman notes in a blog post will ensure that customers will have a “one-on-one relationship” with an individual agent throughout the entire home buying process. As part of the changes, Redfin has added more than 50 new agents and reduced the… Read More

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Backlash continues against Zillow as real estate group cuts ties with Diverse Solutions

Zillow is once again finding itself in the news after a Denver-based Multiple Listing Service notified members that they plan to pull the plug on a listing feed arrangement with Diverse Solutions. You may recall that Zillow gobbled up Diverse Solutions last year, paying $7.8 million for the Irvine, California-based real estate services company. But that’s… Read More