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Social TV startup Wetpaint acquired by Viggle for $30M

Wetpaint, an 8-year-old Seattle startup led by entrepreneur Ben Elowitz, has been sold to New York-based Viggle for a purchase price of $30 million. Founded initially as a provider and network of wikis, Wetpaint pivoted over the years to create a destination for entertainment and celebrity news, attracting more than 12 million unique visitors per… Read More

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Facebook’s ‘Like’ button gets new friends: ‘LOVE!’ ‘BOO!’ ‘OMG!’ and many more

Facebook’s “Like” button has become an integral part of online life, connecting sites around the web back to the social network, helping people send quick signals to their friends — and filling up Facebook’s databases with valuable information about the activities and preference of its users, whether or not those users happen to be aware of… Read More

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Morning Radar: Steve Jobs is ‘most fascinating’ of 2011; Cheezburger’s latest; Big Fish; Wetpaint and more

A quick rundown of stories and offbeat tidbits catching our attention this morning … Pet and animal lovers can now get all of their comedy offerings in one spot as Cheezburger Network today unveiled Meme Animals. The new site from the Seattle comedy network (best known for I Can Has Cheezburger) is described as a “meme-nagerie of… Read More

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Wetpaint iPhone app feeds celeb-watching guilty pleasures

If you are looking for dirt on the cast of Gossip Girl or simply want to keep up with Kardashians, Wetpaint may have the perfect time waster for you. The Seattle media company, which has transformed itself into a hub for celebrity news and gossip, today is officially announcing a new iPhone application that allows… Read More

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Tech moves: PitchBook picks up startup veteran Matt Bell

Here’s a look at some notable hires and people on the move at companies in the Pacific Northwest technology industry. Matt Bell has been named chief operating officer of Pitchbook, a Seattle provider of information and analysis for the private equity industry. Bell is startup veteran, having previously worked at Plumtree, RealNetworks, Azaleos and Skytap…. Read More

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Surprise — TV and celeb gossip works online: Wetpaint boasts 15M monthly page views

Wetpaint’s recent transition to an entertainment and celebrity gossip site appears to be working. Surprise. Surprise. The Seattle startup, which made the switch last fall, making the transition from its wiki-based network of sites, reported today that its entertainment offerings are now attracting three million unique visitors and 15 million page views per month. It… Read More