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LinkedIn overhauls paid service with new features and lower-priced premium tier

LinkedIn is making a new push for paid members with a slate of new features for its LinkedIn Premium service, and a new budget-oriented $9.99/month premium tier. The features, announced today, include a new profile layout with a larger photo and header, along with a background image similar to Facebook’s Cover Photo. In addition, LinkedIn Premium… Read More

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Amazon shopping hashtags won’t be a boon for Twitter

Amazon will not be sharing revenue with Twitter when a person adds an item to his or her shopping cart from the microblogging service. The new program, called #AmazonCart, allows customers to quickly add products to their Amazon shopping cart while they use Twitter. But an Amazon spokeswoman told GeekWire this morning that Twitter is not… Read More

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Pinterest just ‘acqui-hired’ Seattle startup Livestar, dev team moving to San Fran

Pinterest, the fast-growing social networking startup that raised a $200 million funding round last month at a reported $2.5 billion valuation, just gobbled up tiny Seattle startup Livestar for an undisclosed price. What’s interesting is that many are already labeling the deal an “acqui-hire” — meaning Pinterest was more interested in the people than the… Read More

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Layoffs hit Memory Lane, operator of Classmates.com

Memory Lane, the social networking site that operates Classmates.com, has laid off staffers at its offices in the Seattle area, sources tell GeekWire. We’ve reached out to Memory Lane’s parent company, United Online, for comment and we will update this post as we learn more. We’re hearing that positions were eliminated in a number of… Read More

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Seeking a new combination, social commerce startup Lockerz confirms cutbacks

Lockerz, the heavily-funded social commerce startup, has reportedly laid off a chunk of its staff and closed down an office in San Diego. TechCrunch reports that about 30 percent of the staff at the headquarters in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood lost their jobs in the restructuring, including chief product officer Michael Walton. We’ve reached out… Read More

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The time suck economy: Let’s start building value

Time is our most precious asset. Yet, we’re wasting far too much of it. It’s called the time suck economy. And it’s available on a smartphone near you. You can waste time these days in unlimited ways — online and offline. Let’s just focus online, and more specifically from your mobile device which you carry… Read More

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Microsoft’s ‘Socl’ search experiment takes a new turn

Microsoft’s experimental social network, Socl, is rolling out a new design and updated tools more closely aligned with what early users have been doing on the site, according to the Microsoft researchers behind the project. The overhauled site, pictured above, is available here. The new design still lets users quickly create vivid posts with images and… Read More

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After CEO departs for Yahoo, Lockerz raises more cash

Seattle startup Lockerz lost its founder and CEO — retail and PR vet Kathy Savitt —  to an executive role at Yahoo in August. But that’s not slowing the company’s enormous appetite for capital. The social shopping service — in which teenagers and twenty-somethings earn points for sharing content or watching videos — has pulled in an additional $7.5… Read More

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Facebook: The personalization engine for all of the Web

Facebook and its third-party applications today know a hell of a lot about each us: what content we read (Washington Post Social Reader); what music we listen to (Spotify); what movies we watch (Netflix). Facebook opened up a green field for the game creators, too: games with friends are just so much more engaging. However,… Read More

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Tweet, tweet: UW tags help study animal social networks

While researchers studying animal behavior can’t quite yet track how many tweeting birds have lots of “followers” and which ones use the most “hashtags,”  they are now able to study animal social behavior on a whole new level thanks to electronic tags developed at the UW. This is Twitter, animal-style.  A new study released last… Read More

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Ex-Microsofties land cash for private social network Discuzz

Discuzz, a Bellevue startup that’s developing technologies to help organizations better communicate with partners and customers, has raised $275,000, according to a SEC filing. Discuzz is led by former Microsoft managers Andy Harjanto and Conrad Bayer. Harjanto worked at Microsoft from 1994 to 2008, before leaving to found Guppers. Bayer is the former general manager… Read More

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SEOMoz buys Twitter analytics upstart Followerwonk

Ever want to know how your Twitter standing stacks up against friends, business rivals or celebrities? That’s the idea behind Followerwonk, a Twitter analytics upstart that was acquired today by fast-growing SEOMoz for a purchase price in the range of $1 million to $4 million. Followerwonk allows users to visually track, sort and analyze followers,… Read More

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Cloud telephony startup Infratel lands $3M, adds ‘click-to-call’ to Facebook pages

Infratel, a Seattle startup that provides cloud-based telephony services to small businesses, has raised $3 million in startup financing. Investors in the round include Prostor Capital and Runa Capital. Among other things, Infratel’s Facebook app allows users of the social networking service to add a “call-me-now” button to the page. That, the company say, can more… Read More