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Amazon strikes Disney-ABC deal, Netflix basically matches it

Amazon.com announced a content deal with Disney-ABC Television Group this morning, continuing to expand the catalog of streaming movies and TV shows available at no extra charge to members of its Amazon Prime subscription service. Not to be outdone, Netflix simultaneously announced an extension of its existing ABC-Disney licensing agreement, involving streaming rights to many of the… Read More

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How to buy a phone: Watch the AmazonWireless rap video

Buying a new mobile phone can be a serious pain. To sort through the mess, Amazon.com has resorted to short-form video vignettes to tout its wireless store. The online retailer recently partnered with Zooppa to host the Amazon Freedom to Choose Video Contest, asking for video submissions of 60-seconds or less that best show how Amazon.com… Read More

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Video: Meet a few customers who love AT&T’s network

You’ve heard the horror stories of AT&T’s network, with customers complaining about dropped calls and poor connectivity. In fact, a prominent Seattle venture capitalist told me earlier this week that he can’t wait until November when his AT&T contract expires, so he can run out and get a new iPhone 4S on Verizon. But maybe… Read More

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NWEN First Look Forum: The top five pitches (Video)

Pitch events can be incredibly stressful for entrepreneurs. After all, it’s never easy trying to boil your company’s message into a neatly packaged one-minute or 5-minute elevator pitch. It gets even more intense when the room is filled with venture capitalists and angel investors, the folks who provide the much-needed fuel for emerging businesses. But… Read More

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Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome (Part Two)

Last week, the Washington Technology Industry Association posted some short videos of Seattle area entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, journalists (including yours truly) and others talking about what makes the region’s tech sector unique. We posted the videos under the title: “Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome.” Now, the WTIA — in advance of… Read More

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Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome

The Seattle tech community isn’t perfect, and we’ve certainly been willing to point out and highlight some of the deficiencies. But it’s also important not to lose sight of why so many of us choose to live and work in this mossy-covered corner of the world. That’s part of the reason why I was struck by… Read More

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Tech Moves: RealNetworks vet takes control at Control 4; changes at Cray; thePlatform; and more

Control 4, a Salt Lake City, Utah maker of home automation technologies, has named former RealNetworks and Bungee Labs executive Martin Plaehn to the position of CEO. Plaehn previously served two separate tenures at RealNetworks — most recently as senior vice president of product & service development. He also worked at the company from 1999… Read More

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Lockerz makes another buy, gobbles up video service Vodpod

Heavily-funded social networking startup Lockerz, which just scored $36 million in venture capital financing, is using some of that cash to expand its online video offerings. Today, the Seattle company announced it is buying Vodpod.com an other assets from Remixation. The acquisition will allow users of Lockerz to create personalized video channels featuring content from… Read More

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Shares of Netflix shredded: Time for Amazon to make a bid?

No one likes a price hike, and that was especially the case for Netflix customers who were outraged when the online video service boosted prices in July as a result of splitting its DVD mail order business and streaming video service. Now, Netflix is paying the price for that decision. The company today said that… Read More

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Who wants Hulu?

This could be a jam-packed month in technology dealmaking, and it’s not just because of the drama unfolding over AT&T’s bid for T-Mobile USA. Nope, another interesting development is occurring in the board rooms of some of the biggest media and technology companies as bidders line up for Hulu. Hulu is an unusual asset —… Read More

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‘Top Gear’ reviews Halo Warthog

For your Friday afternoon entertainment, here’s a fun video that emerged this week featuring Jeremy Clarkson of the popular BBC program Top Gear reviewing the Warthog from Microsoft’s Halo video-game franchise. The video is tied to the recent announcement that the upcoming Forza Motorsport 4 will feature the Warthog in a virtual showroom, in addition… Read More

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Nerd Notes: Aviation High School launches with a rocket; Paul Allen’s private island for sale; and more

Cheezburger has added to its line-up of weird and wacky sites. Introducing “Bronies.” Men and boys who love the animated series “My Little Pony.” Aviation High School – where the next generation of aerospace geeks will be trained –broke ground today on a new $43.5 million campus next to the Museum of Flight. The school, the first of… Read More

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Morning Radar: TouchPad is a best seller; Online video rankings; and more

How do you drive interest in your consumer electronics gadget? Well, you discontinue it, of course.  Engadget notes that HP’s heavily-discounted TouchPad — a tablet computer that’s being phased out — is now among the best selling consumer electronics devices on Amazon.com. nLight Corp., a profitable Vancouver, Washington maker of semiconductor laser technology used in… Read More

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Could old connections lead Hulu into the arms of Amazon.com?

Bids for the online video service Hulu are expected Wednesday, and The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon.com, Google, Yahoo and DirecTV are considering offers. Amazon could be an interesting suitor, especially given the company’s plans to expand into tablet computers. (Imagine the gadgets pre-loaded with a Hulu channel). Amazon also has been expanding deeper… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Carnegie Mellon transplant takes root in Seattle with Panopto

Panopto was founded in 2007 with technology from Carnegie Mellon University. But the company is now growing its presence in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, thanks in part to a connection to Microsoft. The company’s co-founder and CTO, former Carnegie Mellon researcher Eric Burns, previously worked on book and academic search technologies for Microsoft’s Windows Live unit…. Read More

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Seagull poop and other highlights from Avatar Kinect

The launch of Microsoft’s Avatar Kinect yesterday has provided a new form of creative expression to Xbox 360 users — letting them put their Xbox Live avatars in virtual settings and interact with other users (and their avatars) by talking and gesturing in front of the Kinect sensor. So how are they using it so… Read More