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Here’s how you can win $100K by playing a free social casino game

Real-money gambling hasn’t quite made it to the United States yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t win a nice chunk of money — like, $100,000 — via free-to-play social casino apps. RealNetworks’ GameHouse Casino is debuting what it calls the “first-ever” real-money sweepstakes in a social casino game called The Golden Dreams Sweepstakes. Ken… 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

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RealPlayer for Android exits beta with new premium option

RealNetworks released its free RealPlayer for Android today, bringing the app out of beta and attempting to grab the attention of Android users with an all-in-one player for video, audio and photos, plus social media sharing and other features. With the release, the company also added a set of premium features, available for a one-time,… Read More

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RealNetworks names Seattle angel investor to board

Just two weeks after RealNetworks reinserted founder Rob Glaser as interim CEO, more changes are coming to the Seattle technology company. Today, Real announced that John Cunningham, a Seattle angel investor who runs Clear Fir Partners, has joined the board. “John brings broad experience and knowledge across the digital landscape to our board,” said Glaser… Read More

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RealNetworks CEO resigns, and Rob Glaser is back, for now

Thomas Nielsen has resigned as RealNetworks CEO after seven months in the job, and founder Rob Glaser has been appointed by the board to fill the position on an interim basis, returning temporarily to a position that he held for more than 15 years. “The board and Thomas mutually agreed that the CEO position wasn’t… Read More

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Seattle’s unlikely hero? How RealNetworks sparked the region’s startup community

Seattle’s tech industry may be known for heavyweights such as Amazon.com and Microsoft. But the DNA of another company has had a surprising impact on the Seattle startup ecosystem, populating dozens of new ventures and producing some of the region’s most notable entrepreneurial success stories. That company is RealNetworks. OK, I know what you’re thinking. RealNetworks?… Read More

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Kindle Fire will outsell iPad, Windows Phone will rebound, and six other tech predictions

Facebook will go public in 2012. Apple will lose some of its innovative edge without Steve Jobs. And the majority of Americans will be driving electric vehicles by the year 2022. Those were some of the predictions last night as the Washington Technology Industry Association hosted their annual Predictions Dinner. I had the distinct honor, once… Read More

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Here are the problems facing Groupon and Living Social: Scale, repeat customers and targeting

Are Groupon and Living Social the next great things in online advertising? Or, are they just a flash in the pan? That was the fascinating debate which broke out earlier this week at the Mobile Future Forward conference in Seattle where panelists debated the challenges in front of the fast-growing daily deal businesses. RealNetworks chairman Rob… Read More

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Hank Skorny out at RealNetworks

The executive management upheaval continues at RealNetworks, with the Seattle company announcing today that Hank Skorny plans to resign as chief strategy officer and senior vice president effective September 16th. No reason was given for the departure in a SEC filing and representatives at Real could not immediately be reached for comment. Skorny joined the… Read More

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RealNetworks giving back $136M to shareholders in major overhaul

RealNetworks today announced a series of moves to “reinvigorate” the business and make the 16-year-old Seattle company more attractive to investors. It plans to return $136 million to investors in a special dividend and execute a one-for-four reverse stock split, an initiative that comes after a four month “top-to-bottom review” of the businesses, said founder… Read More

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Madrona, Rob Glaser and others pump $3.5M into mobile app Zapd

PressPlane, a Seattle startup which incubated the mobile application Zapd, has raised a little more than $3 million from Madrona Venture Group, RealNetworks chairman Rob Glaser, Second Avenue Partners, PhotoDisc co-founder Tom Hughes and others. Zapd, which allows users to create Web sites in a matter of minutes, has recorded 320,000 downloads of its iPhone app since… Read More

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RealNetworks huddles with (what’s left of) its employees

RealNetworks has experienced a huge shakeup over the past couple years. Its founder Rob Glaser left the CEO’s office. The company spun off or eliminated many of its traditional businesses, cutting hundreds of jobs in the process of streamlining its strategy. And just recently the company accepted the resignation of CEO Bob Kimball, after little… Read More

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Ex-Microsoft and Google interns launch Summify, with cash from Rob Glaser and others

Two Romanian Web developers who recently landed in Vancouver, B.C. have just scored a first round of capital from RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser, Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, Accel Partners and others. The startup company, Summify, is trying to solve a big problem: information overload. Mircea Paşoi and Cristian Strat, who have been programming together since… Read More