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Seattle super angels sink cash in shopping app Zoomingo

Some of Seattle’s top angel investors are tossing their support behind Zoomingo, the mobile shopping application developed by serial entrepreneur Shirish Nadkarni. Investing in the new round are former Facebook general counsel Rudy Gadre, former Smilebox CEO Andrew Wright and former Twango CEO Serena Glover. Total funding in Zoomingo, which raised $1.3 million from Benaroya… Read More

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Target wants to eliminate showrooming by matching Amazon prices

Target Corp. introduced an online price-matching program just for the holiday season, but now it looks like it’s permanent. The Minneapolis-based retailer announced today that it will allow customers to use Amazon prices for its products on year-round basis. The company will do the same for prices from Best Buy, Walmart and Toys R Us, but Amazon… Read More

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Online holiday shopping off to a fast start, jumps 16 percent

Americans are spending more money online this holiday shopping season. For the first 26 days of the November-December 2012 holiday season, Americans spent $16.4 billion, a 16 percent increase over the same period last year, according to a report from comScore. On “Cyber Monday,” comScore tallied $1.465 billion in online spending, up 17 percent versus year… Read More

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Windows 8 is a big hit … on budget PCs at Walmart

How did Microsoft’s new Windows 8 fare on its first big holiday shopping weekend? Here’s an encouraging picture, submitted by a GeekWire reader who took the photo at a Walmart in Indiana after the Black Friday mayhem had ended. The HP, Gateway and Toshiba notebooks ranged in price from $328 to $248. However, the scene… Read More

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Decide.com unveils daily deal site, promises cash if prices later fall on gadgets

Prior to his appearance on the GeekWire podcast a few weeks ago, Decide.com CEO Mike Fridgen hinted that the Seattle online shopping service was cooking up something new and exciting. At the time, Fridgen didn’t disclose what they were doing. But we’re now starting to get an inside look. The company, which launched a consumer electronics research site… Read More

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Is Amazon.com the new grinch?

Walmart used to be the menace of main street. But now, small mom-and-pop retailers (along with their big box brethren) have a new punching bag: Amazon.com. The Seattle online retailer has been taking it on the chin this holiday season after releasing a new mobile application that encouraged shoppers to check out goods at brick-and-mortar… Read More

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Cyber Monday: Are you buying it?

Today is “Cyber Monday,” in case you somehow missed all those ads from all those retailers trying to distract you with the promise of online deals, taking advantage of your reluctance to dig back into work after the holiday. It’s a bona fide cultural phenomenon, and a key day (or week) for Amazon and other… Read More

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Online retail sales surge 26% on Black Friday: Amazon ranks as most visited site

Online retailers are supposed to get their big boost on Cyber Monday — the first Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. But Amazon.com performed pretty well on Black Friday, a day historically associated with bricks-and-mortar retailing. According to a new study from comScore, Amazon.com was the most visited retail site on Black Friday. In total,… Read More

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Chart: The most visited retail sites on Thanksgiving Day

Americans not only chowed down on turkey and dressing on Thanksgiving Day. They also visited their favorite online retailers. According to a new study by Hitwise, total visits to the top 500 retail Web sites increased by nine percent on Thanksgiving Day to 176 million visits. Walmart received 24.8 million visits, making it the most… Read More

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Zoomingo zooms ahead with $1.3M from Benaroya Capital

A few weeks ago, we told you the story about Zoomingo, the new mobile application from serial entrepreneur Shirish Nadkarni. The idea? Transform the way shoppers discover discounts on clothing, jewelry, handbags and other items at local retail establishments. Today, the Seattle upstart is announcing that it has secured $1.3 million in financing from Benaroya Capital,… Read More

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Groceries on the go: A stroll down the virtual aisles of the new AmazonFresh iPhone app

Amazon.com surprised us back in June when it released a mobile application for the AmazonFresh grocery delivery service exclusively for Windows Phone, bypassing both Android and iPhone. But the online retailer, which only offers the AmazonFresh service in the Seattle area, is coming back today with the release of its very own iPhone app. Created by… Read More

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Maveron’s counterintuitive bet: House parties to sell women’s handbags

Maveron likes to place bets on new consumer-oriented startups. Those range from sandwich shops (Potbelly) to pet insurance (Trupanion). Now, the Seattle venture capital firm led by former investment banker Dan Levitan and Starbucks’ Chief Executive Howard Schultz is expanding its focus to women’s handbags. The firm has led a $3 million investment in Gigi Hill, a… Read More