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Tech Moves: Microsoft taps Teper to lead corporate strategy; WhitePages lands ex-Wetpaint exec; Lovering leaves Splunk

—Microsoft tapped Jeff Teper to lead the company’s corporate strategy group. The promotion occurred last month, with Teper previously serving as a vice president in the Office group. Teper — who will report to CFO Amy Hood in the new role — was responsible for helping to bring current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to the company… Read More

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Video tour: WhitePages shows off remodeled office with kegerator, hydraulic desks and modern great room

Just a few weeks ago, WhitePages turned a huge page in the company’s history when it bought out its venture capital investors, paying $80 million to buy back shares from Technology Crossover Ventures and Providence Equity. But that’s not the only big change happening to the 16-year-old Seattle company. WhitePages has completely renovated its offices on… Read More

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WhitePages buys out VC investors for $80 million

WhitePages is taking the unusual step of buying out its venture capital investors, paying $80 million to buy back shares from Technology Crossover Ventures and Providence Equity. “WhitePages believed in the further opportunity to grow the company and its products, including a big enterprise play with its recently announced PRO division for business, and was… Read More

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Tech Moves: WhitePages names CFO; Virl Hill joins Microsoft; and more

WhitePages has tapped Jason Eglit as its chief financial officer, overseeing the Seattle company’s financial team and assisting with mergers and acquisitions and operations. Eglit most recently served as a principal at Bayside (H.I.G.) Capital, and before that served as senior vice president of finance and operations at AdvancePath Academics. He’s a Seattle native, having attended The Bush School before… Read More

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Facebook reverses stance after blocking Microsoft and WhitePages from sponsoring Startup Weekend

Teams of developers, designers and entrepreneurs are heads-down at Facebook’s Seattle engineering outpost on this rainy Sunday for Startup Weekend — a 54-hour marathon that brings people together from across the industry to turn ideas into prototypes and potentially even new companies. These events are organized around the world, spearheaded by the Seattle-based nonprofit Startup Weekend… Read More

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WhitePages CEO spreads awareness about school shootings with online database

Thanks to heavy media coverage, most people are familiar with mass school shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and now, Newtown. But there are many other tragic stories that often go unheard. To remedy this, WhitePages CEO Alex Algard created StopTheShootings.org in 2009. In light of the recent Newtown tragedy, Algard re-launched the website to spread… Read More

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WhitePages updates Android app with social features

First, WhitePages introduced a caller ID app that displayed not only the names of callers but also their location and social media updates. Now, with its updated WhitePages Android app, new social and discovery features make it easier to find the closest hotel or see what your friends are up to. Based on your mobile location,… Read More

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CarDomain Network sold to Source Interlink Media

[Correction: This post has been updated to correct the identity of the sellers.] CarDomain Network Inc. has been sold to Source Interlink Media, a Southern California media company with dozens of niche publications, websites and other products geared toward car fanatics, action sport junkies, home technology geeks and other enthusiast communities. Launched in 1998 by… Read More

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Caller ID meets Facebook and Twitter in new WhitePages app

WhitePages is introducing a new Android app today called Current Caller ID that displays not just the name of callers but also their recent status updates from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, plus information from their location, such as weather and news. Yep, this might just be the ultimate app for chit-chat. It also works with… Read More

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WhitePages takes on Yelp with Localicious app for Android

There’s certainly no shortage of places to find information about local businesses, including Yelp, CitySearch, Patch and dozens of other hyperlocal sites. But WhitePages is tossing its hat into the ring today with the launch of a new Android app called Localicious and a new Web site called Neighbors. WhitePages CEO Alex Algard admits that… Read More

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Tippr buys DealPop social buying site from WhitePages

Tippr, the group buying technology company, has acquired the social buying website DealPop from WhitePages. The deal was was announced by the two Seattle-based companies this morning. Tippr says it will strengthen its sales force by bringing DealPop aboard, and also add a technical team experienced in the infrastructure for group-buying technology. Financial terms weren’t… Read More