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Zillow goes to bat against ‘Zilla,’ loses trademark fight with LoanZilla

Seattle online real estate giant Zillow doesn’t quite own trademark rights to the term “Zilla” — at least according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Zillow filed a complaint last month claiming that LoanZilla, a Bellevue-based mortgage brokerage, had infringed on its trademark for “Zillow.” But after detailed analysis of each service and other companies… Read More

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GeekWork: Great jobs at Clean Power Research, Zillow, F5, ExtraHop and more

Clean Power Research, a San Francisco-based company that builds software products to power renewable energy, split into two branches in 2008. The research branch remained in San Francisco. The newer consulting branch landed in Kirkland, Wash. — where it continues to grow. Clean Power Research is looking for a Software Development Lead to direct a small… Read More

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Realtor association draws inspiration from Steve Jobs in wake of Zillow deal, says ‘data does not define us’ and time to ‘stand up for ourselves’

The U.S. real estate industry trembled earlier this week when Zillow announced its intentions to buy Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock. The deal, if approved, would create a colossus in the industry with more than 130 million monthly visitors and over 2,000 employees. For years, many real estate organizations have viewed Zillow with a… Read More

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GeekWork: Great jobs at F5, Zillow, Avalara, and more

F5 Networks is a quiet tech giant, but many of us rely on its infrastructure every day. The company, which helps online services and cloud applications run smoothly, employs over 3,300 people, pulls in $1.5 billion in annual revenue and has a market value of more than $8.6 billion. Despite competition from cloud services, F5 is going strong,… Read More

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Zillow to pay up to $150 million termination fee if blockbuster Trulia acquisition falls apart

Zillow’s whopping $3.5 billion bid for rival Trulia still faces regulatory scrutiny and shareholder approval, hurdles that Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff said he does not believe will get in the way of the company’s biggest acquisition ever. Even so, if the deal falls apart, Zillow must pay a termination fee of $150 million to Trulia. Under… Read More

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Real estate dominance: 5 reasons why Zillow is paying a big premium to buy Trulia

Why did Zillow buy its longtime rival Trulia? Stock analysts, financial journalists and real estate professionals are chewing on that one today, pontificating on the blockbuster $3.5 billion all-stock deal. I’ve watched Zillow and Trulia aggressively compete since they were started nearly 10 years ago, engaging in messy patent fights and plenty of boastful talk. With those… Read More

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Zillow buying Trulia: An industry perspective

Zillow announced that it plans to buy Trulia today for $3.5 billion, positioning the combined company as the unquestioned leader in the online real estate space. What does this deal mean for the real estate industry? And, more specifically, what does it mean for the real estate brokerages and agents who are their paying customers like… Read More

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Zillow pays $3.5 billion for longtime rival Trulia

Zillow is paying $3.5 billion to acquire Trulia, a whopping deal that will bring together the two long-time rivals and create a powerhouse in the online real estate industry. The companies announced the deal — first reported by Bloomberg News last week and the biggest acquisition in Zillow’s 9-year history — this morning. “We obviously… Read More

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Zillow exec tries to assuage real estate agents’ fears over ‘Coming Soon’ listings: We ‘don’t want to be a MLS’

SAN FRANCISCO–Zillow has taken heat from real estate professionals in recent weeks over its new “Coming Soon” feature, with some claiming that its one way for the Seattle online real estate powerhouse to bypass multiple listing services. But Zillow Chief Revenue Officer Greg Schwartz — speaking today at the Real Estate Connect Conference — says… Read More

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Zillow makes 8th acquisition, swoops up real estate data startup Retsly

Zillow today announced that it has acquired Retsly, a year-old Vancouver, B.C.-based startup that normalizes MLS data to help developers build real estate products and applications for brokers, agents, franchisors and MLSs. Retsly, a graduate of the GrowLab accelerator that had previously raised $540,000, offers a real-time API and open source SDK for integrating MLS data into real estate… Read More

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Trulia vs. Zillow: Who is growing faster?

Zillow currently has the broadest reach of any real estate website, but its competitor Trulia is starting to catch up. Today, the San Francisco-based home search company announced that it saw 54 million unique visitors to its websites and mobile properties in the month of June, up 55 percent from the same period a year ago…. Read More

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Zillow’s “Coming Soon” feature is not setting the world on fire, despite making agents hot under the collar

As it turns out, Zillow’s “Coming Soon” listings may not be such a threat to the real estate status quo, despite an outcry from agents and Multiple Listing Services around the country. Tim Ellis, operator of the Seattle Bubble blog, searched Zillow for coming soon listings, and found that they haven’t really taken off. The service,… Read More

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Judge rules against Zillow, newly-appointed exec Errol Samuelson barred from performing many duties

Washington state Superior Court Judge Barbara Linde has granted a preliminary injunction against Zillow and its newly-hired chief industry development officer Errol Samuelson, a legal victory that comes four months after he jumped from an executive role at Move Inc. to Zillow. Samuelson and Zillow were sued shortly after his appointment in March, with Move alleging that… Read More