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Startup Awards: Vote for Seattle’s Startup of the Year

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Today’s featured category in the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards is a big one, getting to the heart of what this competition is all about. Startup of the Year recognizes the up-and-comers in the Seattle tech scene, those who are growing fast but haven’t yet entered the world domination phase. From mobile gaming...
Startup Awards: Vote for Seattle’s Startup of the Year
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The Startup File: OneOcean, Wonder Forge, Intersect, GoGoDeo and others raising cash

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The Startup File. Photo via Bigstock Welcome back to The Startup File. For those who missed the first installment, let me explain the framework of this new column. Every day, GeekWire combs the SEC filings to find out what’s new in Seattle’s burgeoning startup scene. Oftentimes, these filings, form Ds...
The Startup File: OneOcean, Wonder Forge, Intersect, GoGoDeo and others raising cash

Infratel Raises $3 Million For Facebook Connected Cloud-Based Telephony Service

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Go to almost any small business Web site and you will find you can’t make a call.  A real call where you talk to someone simply by clicking a button. Infratel hopes to change all that. The Seattle company has received $3 million in funding from Prostor Capital and Runa Capital...
Infratel Raises $3 Million For Facebook Connected Cloud-Based Telephony Service

Amazon's impact dissected in new Financial Times series

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Jeff Bezos Amazon.com is no stranger to multi-part newspaper stories, but the Financial Times does a particularly good job of putting the Seattle company in perspective and explaining its economic impact — positive and negative — in a series of articles running this week. This overview piece is a must-read for...
Amazon's impact dissected in new Financial Times series

Sorry, Amazon: Court deals blow to resale of 'used' digital music

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A federal judge’s ruling in favor of Capitol Records in a suit against the ReDigi digital music service could have implications for Amazon.com and other companies that have been eying the market for “used” digital goods. Siding with the record label’s copyright claims, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Sullivan found,...
Sorry, Amazon: Court deals blow to resale of 'used' digital music

Amazon swipes Dora from Netflix with new Viacom streaming deal

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Dora has found a new casa at Amazon. Amazon this morning announced a streaming deal with Viacom Networks that brings a broad selection of exclusive children’s programming to the Amazon Prime Instant Video service, following the expiration of Netflix’s deal with Viacom. Shows included in the deal include popular kids...
Amazon swipes Dora from Netflix with new Viacom streaming deal

Daily deal site Zulily raises $85 million from Andreessen Horowitz, tops 10M members

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Fast-growing daily deal site Zulily has pulled in an additional $85 million in venture capital financing, cash that the Seattle company plans to use to bolster its position in selling books, clothes, toys and other items for babies and kids. The company also announced that it has topped 10 million...
Daily deal site Zulily raises $85 million from Andreessen Horowitz, tops 10M members

Microsoft warns you not to get 'Scroogled' in leaked internal video

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Microsoft employees poked fun at Google this week in a mock advertisement that was never meant to leave the Seattle company’s walls. Of course, it did, and now it’s available for everyone’s (except Google’s) enjoyment. The video mimics Google’s Chrome advertisement which attendees of Google I/O, the company’s developer...
Microsoft warns you not to get 'Scroogled' in leaked internal video

Amazon launches third-party login system, challenging Facebook and Twitter for authentication

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Amazon.com customers will be able to use their Amazon login credentials to sign in to third-party websites, apps and games under a new initiative launched by the Seattle company this morning. The system, “Login with Amazon,” will compete with authentication services from Facebook, Twitter and others in an attempt to...
Amazon launches third-party login system, challenging Facebook and Twitter for authentication

iPad and iPhone accessory maker Discovery Bay Games uncovers $15M

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Discovery Bay Games, a maker of gaming accessories and add-ons for tablet computers and smartphones, has raised $15 million from Trilogy Equity Partners and computer hardware maker Logitech. The Seattle company will use the new funds to continue development of its Duo accessories, devices that combine digital and physical gameplay in new...
iPad and iPhone accessory maker Discovery Bay Games uncovers $15M
Opscode nets $19.5M in new funding, adds Connors to board

Amazon issues statement following last weekend’s outage

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Amazon Web Services offered a few more details on the outage that struck its Northern Virginia data center over the weekend, an outage that knocked popular services such as Netflix and Instagram offline. Here’s the statement that Amazon issued Monday: Severe thunderstorms caused us to lose primary and backup generator...
Amazon issues statement following last weekend’s outage

Amazon Goes After B2B Market With AmazonSupply

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Amazon is expanding beyond its consumer-facing business by launching AmazonSupply, a new site that offers 500,000 products to industrial and commercial customers. The Seattle company known for originally selling books is adding 14 new categories, such as test, measure and inspect, janitorial and sanitation, office, cutting tools and hydraulics, pneumatics...
Amazon Goes After B2B Market With AmazonSupply
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Social media vet Shauna Causey leaves Nordstrom for Decide.com

Ground Truth grabs $7M for mobile internet measurement

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Ground Truth, a provider of mobile measurement data, today announced a second round of funding for $7 million. Ground Truth leverages millions of mobile internet subscribers from sources like telecommunication companies to provide insights into mobile internet usage. Ground Truth calls its methodology True View and focuses on providing marketer,...
Ground Truth grabs $7M for mobile internet measurement
Startup Spotlight: Decide's Mike Fridgen taps power of data to change how we shop

Former Kindle ad guru sues Amazon, alleges internal retaliation

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A former Amazon employee is suing the company over his termination, alleging that he was let go in retaliation for going over his manager’s head to bring internal attention to a latency problem that he believed would have “seriously jeopardized” the ad platform launch for the new Kindle Fire tablets...
Former Kindle ad guru sues Amazon, alleges internal retaliation

NanoString lands $15.3M for genetic analysis system

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NanoString Technologies continues to rake in new capital, announcing today that it has raised $15.3 million from Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital and AllianceBernstein Alternative Investment Management Group. Existing investors, including Clarus Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, OVP Venture Partners, GE healthymagination Fund and BioMed Ventures, also participated in the financing. The deal follows...
NanoString lands $15.3M for genetic analysis system

Amazon expands its e-commerce engine to Mac, Windows and web games

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Amazon is pushing further into the world of video games with a new in-app purchasing service for games on Windows PCs, Macs and the web. It’s the Seattle company’s latest attempt to expand the reach of its e-commerce platform, competing with Apple, Google and others. The company announced the new...
Amazon expands its e-commerce engine to Mac, Windows and web games

Fast-growing AuctionEdge makes another buy in auto auction arena

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Another day, another acquisition by Auction Edge. The fast-growing Seattle company, led by entrepreneur David Weld, today announced that it has acquired Statesville, North Carolina-based Auction Software Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but this marks the third purchase by Auction Edge in the online automotive auction space in...
Fast-growing AuctionEdge makes another buy in auto auction arena

Electrical storms rattle Amazon Web Services, taking Netflix and others offline

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For the second time this month, Amazon Web Services is suffering after power got knocked out at its datacenter in northern Virginia. “We can confirm that a large number of instances in a single Availability Zone have lost power due to electrical storms in the area. We are actively working...
Electrical storms rattle Amazon Web Services, taking Netflix and others offline

Woof! Rover.com Fetches $3.4 Million to be Airbnb for Dogs.

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Rover.com has raised $3.4 million to be the Airbnb of the dog boarding market. Rover is an alternative to dog kennels, much like Airbnb offers an alternative to staying in hotels. In addition to announcing the funding today, the Seattle company is also rolling out nationwide after supporting only a handful...
Woof! Rover.com Fetches $3.4 Million to be Airbnb for Dogs.

Fast-growing Tableau sets IPO range at $23 to $26 per share

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Tableau Software, the fast-growing 10-year-old Seattle company which helps businesses and organization make better sense of their data, has set terms for its upcoming initial public offering, telling investors that it plans to sell 7.2 million shares at between $23 and $26 per share. At the $24.50 mid-point of that...
Fast-growing Tableau sets IPO range at $23 to $26 per share

Can Classmates come back? CEO says 'major progress being made'

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Founded in 1995 by a former Boeing employee, Classmates.com was one of the original social networks. The Seattle company, which was sold to United Online in 2004 and continues to maintain a presence along Elliott Avenue, was later decimated by Facebook (which now boasts more than one billion active monthly...
Can Classmates come back? CEO says 'major progress being made'

Amazon launches new ‘CloudSearch’ for sites and apps

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Amazon has tried a variety of different projects in search over the years, with its A9 search engine never becoming a major rival to the bigger players in the broader world of web search. But the Seattle company is still in the search game, and this morning its Amazon Web...
Amazon launches new ‘CloudSearch’ for sites and apps

Contour inks deal to put helmet-mounted cameras in Yamaha motorcycle shops

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Seattle-based Contour has sealed a deal to sell its line of helmet-mounted HD video cameras at Yamaha Motor Corp. dealers across the country, another big retail distribution point for the Seattle company. The news follows a deal last year in which Apple agreed to start carrying Contour’s top-of-the-line video camera....
Contour inks deal to put helmet-mounted cameras in Yamaha motorcycle shops

Zillow to Open Southern California Sales Office

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Zillow, which aggregates real estate information online, said it is opening a new sales office in Irvine, Calif., later this summer, with plans to hire up to 100. The Seattle company said the employees will be focused on selling subscriptions to local agents. The office will also have 20 employees from Diverse Solutions,...
Zillow to Open Southern California Sales Office

Cheezburger Network's new book and other tales from Ben Huh

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Cheezburger Network is known for its oddball network of 45 comedy Web sites, a growing and profitable online empire which is now attracting more than 340 million page views a month. And while more than 70 percent of the Seattle company's revenue still comes through online advertising dollars, Cheezburger also...
Cheezburger Network's new book and other tales from Ben Huh
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