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Smarter package shipping: EnRoute nabs $1.25 million

Is there a smarter way to ship packages? Enroute Systems thinks so, and the Seattle startup just reeled in $1.25 million in fresh capital to continue developing technologies that help retailers determine the fastest (and cheapest) way to get packages from point A to point B. Customers using the technology include Zulily, Brooks Sports, Zumiez, VitaminLife… Read More

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Powerit fuels up with new cash infusion, looks to cut energy bills for big industrial clients

Powerit Solutions, a 10-year-old Seattle company that helps large industrial customers reduce energy costs, has raised $2.5 million in fresh funding that it will use to embed its software in the industrial automation, utility, and smart grid infrastructure. The cash infusion also will help the company expand in Europe, and launch its Spara cloud platform next… Read More

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Newsmakers 2012: Apptio’s Sunny Gupta swings for the fences

The thing we’ve always liked about Sunny Gupta is that he’s not playing “small ball.” Nope, the entrepreneur is taking a big swing for the fences with Apptio, a Bellevue company that’s developing new ways for corporate IT departments to manage costs. And Gupta, who previously co-founded iConclude, took a big step up to the plate… Read More

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IT automation software firm UC4 sold for $270 million

UC4, a Bellevue maker of IT process automation software, has been purchased by private equity firm EQT for $270 million. The company had previously been owned by The Carlyle Group, which purchased the company in 2006. UC4′s software is used by more than 2,000 companies such as Cracker Barrel and DoubleClick, helping them automate tasks… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Spiral Genetics offers software to help scientists analyze DNA

DNA analysis allows scientists to dig deep into one’s genetic makeup, discovering if an individual is predisposed to a certain disorder or disease.  While advances around DNA analysis have allowed scientists to more quickly analyze one’s DNA, a Seattle startup by the name of Spiral Genetics believes it can do it even faster and cheaper Scientists come… Read More

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As violence rises in Seattle, city considers acoustic sensors to pinpoint gunshots

Could a high-tech solution help solve Seattle’s rising gun violence problem? On Thursday, The City of Seattle’s Public Safety Committee plans to discuss the possibilities of installing ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection system that uses acoustic sensors and software to triangulate where shots were fired. Meanwhile, an accompanying video surveillance system can be used to capture images of… Read More

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Meet the future: These 21 UW computer science grads are ready to change the world

It’s a good time to have a degree in computer science. And it’s not just because Amazon.com, Google and Microsoft are paying big bucks to hire the best-and-brightest software developers and engineers. Computer science is transforming the world, radically changing industries as diverse as health, transportation, media and communications. With that in mind (and with the… Read More

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Amazon launches new online store for cloud-based software

Amazon Web Services is hoping to make it easier for customers to find Web-based software with today’s launch of AWS Marketplace, a new online store where customers can purchase software and pay by the hour or month. The new store features products and services from companies such as Couchbase, Check Point Software, IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Zend…. Read More

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Ask Andru: How can I make my iPad louder?

In today’s Ask Andru column, we get a question about an issue with the iPad that we’ve actually experienced ourselves for years. Ever since the release of the original iPad, it’s been painfully obvious that the speaker on the Apple tablet isn’t exactly up to snuff. It’s fine if you’re somewhere quiet, but go somewhere that… Read More

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Microsoft cautions ‘Piracy Lurks Everywhere’

To help inform small businesses of the risk of being lured by counterfeit software offerings, Microsoft has launched a worldwide online video awareness campaign that calls attention to software acquistion methods that may lead to purchasing pirated content.  The digital video campaign is designed to provide more information and heighten awareness of the risks associated… Read More

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UC4 Software buys Ventum

UC4 Software, a Bellevue company that specializes in IT process automation software, has acquired Ventum Solutions for an undisclosed price. The company said that the deal will bolster its capabilities in helping organizations struggling with “DevOps, IT as a Service, Cloud and Big Data initiatives.” “With the acquisition of Ventum, UC4 now has an end-to-end solution… Read More

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Paul Allen-backed Audience files for $75 million IPO

Audience, an audio software company backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has filed to raise $75 million in an initial public offering. The Mountain View, California company claims to have created the “world’s most intelligent voice processor,” a technology that delivers crystal clear sound in noisy situations. “Our products enable a more consistent voice and… Read More