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Bye, bye Iron Chef: Amazon cuts ties with Food Network parent

A year after Amazon.com inked a streaming video deal with Scripps Networks Interactive, the alliance appears to have ended. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon Prime Instant Video service dropped programming from Scripps, which included shows such as Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress.” Food Network’s popular series Iron Chef… Read More

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Startup Day Recap: Tips, lessons and real-world advice

Last month, I attended GeekWire’s Startup Day at the Showbox SODO in Seattle. Surrounded by some of the brightest entrepreneurial minds, I decided to chat with as many people as possible in an effort to tap into their startup wisdom and advice. In addition to interviewing Gov. Jay Inslee about the role of startups in… Read More

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Beyond coffee and rain: These geeks want to make an awesome short film about Seattle’s tech community

Seattle is one of the most vibrant technology ecosystems in the world — home to tech titans like Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft as well as tons of up-and-coming startups in industries ranging from gaming to biotechnology to aerospace. And then there are all of the Silicon Valley giants — Facebook, Google, eBay, Salesforce.com, Splunk, etc…. Read More

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Amazon just won an Emmy

Amazon.com has joined the ranks of Susan Lucci — though it didn’t take the Seattle tech company 18 failed nominations to get there. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that Amazon Instant Video will receive a 2013 Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for its work on “personalized recommendation engines for video discovery.”… Read More

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Skype video messaging now available for free on every platform except Windows Phone

Skype’s free video messaging feature is fully out of beta today and everyone can now send as many three-minute moving messages to your Skype contacts — whether or not they’re online — as desired. Well, just about everyone. The feature is available on essentially every platform (Windows desktop, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, BlackBerry) except Windows Phone,… Read More

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Video: Mark Zuckerberg tells the story of how he inspired one kid to code

Code.org, the non-profit created by entrepreneurs Ali and Hadi Partovi, continues to gain momentum around its public relations campaign stressing the importance of computer science education. The short film — directed by Lesley Chilcott, the producer of Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth — has been viewed 12 million times since its release two weeks ago.  Hadi Partovi also… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Your Brandlive helps Internet retailers communicate with shoppers

Portland-based startup Your Brandlive formally launched today, announcing a new video social commerce platform designed to help make the retailer-customer relationship more personal. Essentially, Your Brandlive is a project of Cascade Web Development, connecting online retailers with online shoppers through live video chat. One sales person is able to communicate with hundreds of customers at once. “The… Read More

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DailyCred’s Dave Matthews on the power of simple sign-ins

DailyCred co-founder Dave Mathews wants to solve really big problems. The latest Internet foe he’s facing off against: The user login field on your website. Website owners are spending time and energy creating sign-in fields, but none of that work “computes back to the core product,” Matthews says. “That’s not why someone came to your website.”… Read More

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Amazon videos come to iPhone with Instant Video update

Amazon.com this morning released an update for its Instant Video app for iOS that expands its footprint beyond the iPad to the iPhone and iPod touch. The free app works via a standard Amazon account. Amazon Prime subscribers can use the app to watch the library of Prime Instant Video content (movies and television shows… Read More

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Amazon ‘Yesterday Shipping’: Wrap your brain around this

A popular theory right now is that Amazon is moving toward same-day delivery of products, potentially posing a bigger threat to traditional retailers. But could Jeff Bezos & Co do even better? For your mid-day entertainment, check out out the spoof above by Ben Stadler and collaborators, envisioning the Seattle company’s next possible innovation. We’ll be on… Read More

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ThePlatform inks deal to power multi-screen video for USA Network, Syfy, Oxygen

Here’s a partnership that’s all in the family. ThePlatform has inked a deal to provide its online video publishing system to NBCUniversal’s USA Network, Syfy and Oxygen, making it easier for those networks to push their content across various devices as part of an expanding “TV Everywhere” strategy. As you may recall, ThePlatform was acquired by Comcast… Read More