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Socially conscious companies: Meet the 4 do-good startups from Fledge’s latest class

From water-powered USB chargers to a post-disaster housing marketplace, four new socially-conscious startups just graduated from Fledge’s third class ever. Fledge, an incubator program led by Michael “Luni” Libes, held its third-ever Demo Day at the HUB Seattle Thursday night, as four groups demoed the work they’ve been doing for the past few months. Fledge is a TechStars-like accelerator, but with… Read More

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Blab launches software to predict social media conversations

No, Blab’s new platform can’t necessarily predict the future. But what the Seattle-based social analytics company did debut today is software that will help brands determine which of the millions of social media conversations they should focus on. Using Blab’s patented technology, the company analyzes 50,000 news and social media sources, including more than 60… Read More

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Bing beefs up social sidebar with more Facebook content

Just two days after landing a big partnership with Facebook’s new Graph Search, Bing today announced more robust Facebook integration with Microsoft’s search engine. Currently when you search on Bing, the right-hand sidebar provides “Social Results” with your Facebook friends’ “Likes,” photos and profile information, given that your Facebook account is connected. But beginning today,… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Qoiza helps you share your favorite products with friends, and earn rewards along the way

The recent explosion of sites dedicated to sharing products that you love (Pinterest, Fancy, Wanelo) has brought another trend to the startup world, analytics and rewards platforms.  Companies want to know who is sharing their goods and, and they want to reward them.  Services such as Klout play in this space with their “perks” feature,… Read More

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Q&A: How Bing is using your friends to challenge Google

Our guest on the latest GeekWire radio show and podcast was Stefan Weitz  from Microsoft Bing. He gave us a broad update on the latest developments from the Microsoft search team — including Bing’s newly launched angel investment fund, the company’s partnership with Yahoo and its competition with Google. Weitz talked about the integration of social data into… Read More