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The Web: a generation old, a link unexpected

On this twentieth anniversary of the first popular web browser, consider how its potential was viewed just one year after its birth. If only to realize that sometimes in tech the Law of Unintended Consequences can pay off in positive ways, too. In September 1993, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications released the beta of… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: High school whiz kids create Q&A website Junglr

For most teenagers, balancing homework and a social life is plenty of work. But for three Mercer Island High Schoolers, that wasn’t enough. Zack Elliott, Isaac Diamond, and Robert Sun have been working for over two years to develop the question-and-answer site Junglr. “Our goals were not lofty,” said 18-year-old CEO Elliott, who interned at Microsoft… Read More

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Amazon patents ‘gravity’ links for web and devices

Amazon has been granted a patent on a “gravity-based link assist” system — a method of pulling a user’s on-screen pointer toward a link or clickable object when it travels within a “gravitational field” on the page. The idea is to make pages easier to navigate, but as Wired News points out, the technique also makes… Read More

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Evri spins out SportStream with $3.5M from Paul Allen

Seattle startup Evri was founded in 2007, designed to help people make better sense of news and information. A lot has changed since then, especially given the rise of tablets and mobile computers. Now, the company is evolving, announcing today that it has spun off a new social sports startup called SportStream with $3.5 million from… Read More

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How technology should be used to spur open government

The Washington Coalition for Open Government organized a conference this weekend to commemorate the 40th anniversary of our state’s landmark Initiative 276 and the Open Public Meetings Act (and to discuss the past, present and future of open government). I was one of the speakers at the conference and spoke about using technology to promote open… Read More

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Spotify’s secret to adding 8,000 paying subscribers a day

Ever since its U.S. debut last year, the popular music listening service Spotify has been adding 8,000 subscribers a day. And I’m not just talking about free subscribers. That’s paid subscribers. What’s their secret? It’s all in the marketing. I’ll show you what those strategies are and how to use them to promote your own product,… Read More

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Venuelabs raises cash to help brick-and-mortar retailers track storefront performance

In this digital era, there’s certainly no shortage of customer feedback when it comes to the interactions at brick-and-mortar retail stores. Venuelabs, a Seattle area startup led by former Microsoft and Jobster employee Neil Crist, is looking to help everyone from pizza parlors to gas stations make sense of all of the chatter. Formerly known… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: TinyPass looks to line publishers’ pockets with new way to charge for content

In an opinion piece for Bloomberg this week, former Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Nathan Myhrvold lamented the demise of the physical newspaper and wondered if the solution might be in a payment system for news content. That message certainly will resonate with TinyPass, a 12-month-old startup that’s created a new way for news organizations to… Read More

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Magazine publisher Meredith gobbles up AllRecipes for $175M

AllRecipes.com has been on the auction block for several months, and now it finally has a buyer. Meredith Corp., the magazine publisher behind titles such as Eating Well, Parents and Family Circle, is buying the No. 1 online food site from Reader’s Digest Association for $175 million. “The acquisition of Allrecipes.com, the market leader in… Read More

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Have it your way on Cheezburger with new personalized Web pages

The folks over at Cheezburger are masters of user-generated content — obtaining and showcasing funny photos and videos from the cat, dog and fail lovers who show up in droves every day. But a new offering that quietly launched this evening could take user-generated content to an entirely new level. It’s called Cheezburger Sites, and… Read More

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From CD-ROM to dot-com, Expedia celebrates 15 years

Fifteen years ago, Expedia took flight under the wings of Microsoft as a maker of CD-ROM travel guides. Today, it is a giant of online travel, with more than 2,000 employees in Bellevue and a market value of $7.7 billion. Expedia celebrated 15 years in business last week with presentations by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and… Read More

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Reader’s Digest looks to unload AllRecipes.com

Five years ago, Reader’s Digest Association gobbled up Seattle’s AllRecipes.com for about $66 million. Now, the publishing company is looking to sever the popular online Web site, selling it to the highest bidder. The news, reported today by AdWeek, comes eight days after Reader’s Digest said that it plans to sell the magazine, “Every Day with… Read More

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11 productivity tools that your startup ought to use

If you’ve ever been part of a startup, then you know how much hard work it involves. And you usually don’t have enough people to get all the work done! That’s why entrepreneurs are always looking for ways to cut down on distractions and work faster and smarter. The following is a list of eleven… Read More