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geekwire-soundcloudThis week on the GeekWire Radio Show: The maker of Candy Crush makes a sweet deal in Seattle, acquiring Battle Nations maker Z2 for up to $150 million; Sears is opening a new Seattle engineering center, led by former members of the Amazon Fresh team; and Expedia is buying Orbitz for $1.6 billion, adding to its power in online travel.

Also, the arrival of Sling TV on Amazon’s Fire TV inspires me to make a new effort to put my monthly cable bill on a diet.

Plus, why short names may be better for tech companies, Facebook adds support for “legacy contacts” to manage your page after you die, an app of the week that will help you save on airfare, and the return of our GeekWire Trivia Challenge.

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