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Cypress debuts ad platform for Xbox Live video apps

AudienceScience slashes 33 jobs, plans to close ad network

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AudienceScience, a global digital marketing company with offices in Bellevue, is closing its ad network business effective Dec. 1 so the company can focus solely on the AudienceScience Gateway, its global SaaS-platform for marketers. The end of the ad business resulted in the eliminated of 33 sales and marketing jobs among...
AudienceScience slashes 33 jobs, plans to close ad network
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Dwellable overhauls app, partners with Flipkey

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Urbanspoon co-founder Adam Doppelt is liking the way business is going at his Seattle upstart Dwellable. “Things are hopping,” Doppelt told us. It certainly seems that way. Dwellable, a mobile app for vacation rentals, just announced a new partnership and a big new update to its app. The update brings a fresh look...
Dwellable overhauls app, partners with Flipkey
The Google bashing continues: Microsoft says 'Scroogled' campaign will go on

Report: Microsoft to debut next-gen console in April after being "caught off guard" by Sony

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It looks like Microsoft’s turn to impress the gaming world may come in April. That’s according to a report from computerandvideogames.com, who spoke with an unnamed Sony official that said Wednesday’s PS4 unveiling ”caught Microsoft off-guard,” and that “we definitely ruffled some feathers.” Sources said that Microsoft is planning on hosting...
Report: Microsoft to debut next-gen console in April after being "caught off guard" by Sony
The Seahawks' secret weapon: 12th man social media truck firing up fans at Georgia Dome

Weekend-special: Netflix unlocked for all Xbox Live users

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Microsoft is giving all Xbox Live users access to the Netflix app — just for this weekend. Normally, the app is only available for Gold-level subscribers who pay $60 per year. But Major Nelson announced today that all Live users with a Netflix subscription will have access this weekend. It...
Weekend-special: Netflix unlocked for all Xbox Live users

Blab launches software to predict social media conversations

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No, Blab’s new platform can’t necessarily predict the future. But what the Seattle-based social analytics company did debut today is software that will help brands determine which of the millions of social media conversations they should focus on. Using Blab’s patented technology, the company analyzes 50,000 news and social...
Blab launches software to predict social media conversations

Jury finds Nintendo guilty of 3D patent in 3DS handheld console

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A New York federal jury found Nintendo guilty of infringing on an inventor’s patented 3-D display technology for the 3DS handheld console. On Wednesday, the jury hit Nintendo with $30.2 million in damages to be awarded to 30-year ex-Sony employee Seijiro Tomita. Back in 2011, Tomita sued Nintendo over 3-D images...
Jury finds Nintendo guilty of 3D patent in 3DS handheld console

VIDEO: Watch the I-5 bridge collapse into river

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Our news partners at KING5 just posted security footage of the Interstate 5 bridge collapse that resulted from a semi-truck striking the side of the bridge on Thursday night. Skagit River bridge. Photo via KING 5 The collapse happens at the 39-second mark. In what’s being called a miracle, no fatalities...
VIDEO: Watch the I-5 bridge collapse into river

Put a ring on it: Blue Nile sales spike 17% due to engagement ring demand, but shares down

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Engagements were a plenty for the past three months and that was good news for Seattle online jewelry retailer Blue Nile. The company saw its revenues increase 17 percent to $97.1 million during the first quarter of 2013. Profit came in at $832,000, compared with $154,000 in the first quarter of 2012. This...
Put a ring on it: Blue Nile sales spike 17% due to engagement ring demand, but shares down

Movie time: Flixster arrives on Xbox Live

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Photo via Major Nelson. If Netflix or any other movie app on Xbox Live ain’t cutting it for you, there’s another option now available: Flixster. Microsoft announced the availability of Flixster for Xbox Live subscribers in the U.S. and you can now rent and buy movies directly from your console by using...
Movie time: Flixster arrives on Xbox Live

Video: GameHouse chief keeps pants on, raises money for charity as sumo wrestler

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Matt Hulett Even though RealNetworks exec Matt Hulett kept his pants on this year, he still managed to help raise money for Northwest Harvest. After diving into the chilly waters of Lake Washington for charity and nearly losing his trunks last year, Hulett and his team bounced off each...
Video: GameHouse chief keeps pants on, raises money for charity as sumo wrestler

Clearing out Kindles: Amazon ditches original Kindle Touch

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Goodbye, Kindle Touch. Last week, it was Amazon saying goodbye to the Kindle DX and now it appears they’re doing the same to the Kindle Touch. Amazon lists the $99 Kindle Touch on its website, but it’s “currently not available” to purchase and Amazon writes that “we don’t know when...
Clearing out Kindles: Amazon ditches original Kindle Touch

PaidPunch updates app, looks to solve 'Groupon Problem'

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For exposure, Groupon can be great for businesses. But often times, those new customers receive their one-time discounts and never come back. Seattle startup PaidPunch wants to fix that and is out to solve the “Groupon Problem.” The company, which placed second at our Startup Day elevator pitch competition...
PaidPunch updates app, looks to solve 'Groupon Problem'

Boeing relocating 787 training simulator from Seattle to Miami

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Boeing announced today that it is moving its training flight simulators — including one for the 787 Dreamliner — along with other aircraft from Seattle to Miami. Boeing says that Miami is the company’s largest flight-training center and the preferred location for its customers from Latin America, United States, Middle East...
Boeing relocating 787 training simulator from Seattle to Miami

Steve Ballmer's island home on outer edge of massive mudslide

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Photo via our news partner KING5. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer nearly lost his Whidbey Island vacation home yesterday due to a scary mudslide that forced evacuations and damaged one house. About 90 minutes north of Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, a massive 500-yard landside hit at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, bumping...
Steve Ballmer's island home on outer edge of massive mudslide

Amazon's LoveFilm nabs streaming rights to Vikings

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The Vikings are coming to Amazon. LoveFilm, Europe’s leading movie subscription services that Amazon bought in 2011, just gained exclusive streaming rights in the U.K. and Germany for the popular television series Vikings. This marks the first time that a show has been distributed on LoveFilm before hitting the cable networks or...
Amazon's LoveFilm nabs streaming rights to Vikings

Valve acquires two-man, San Fran-based Star Filled Studios

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Bellevue-based Valve has acquired Star Filled Studios, a two-man development team founded by ex-PopCap and Blizzard employees Jeff Gates and Tod Semple. ValveTime picked up on this via Semple’s LinkedIn profile, which states that his “recent startup” was acquired by Valve and “we are opening a new office on the...
Valve acquires two-man, San Fran-based Star Filled Studios
IDC: Smartphones now more popular than feature phones

WSJ: Amazon wants 500K square feet of NYC office space

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Amazon could soon be making a big footprint in the Big Apple. Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Seattle online giant is looking for up to 250,000 square feet of office space in New York City, according to sources familiar with the matter. And that’s not all. Amazon wants...
WSJ: Amazon wants 500K square feet of NYC office space

NFL funding WSU research to fix injured brains with self-created nerve cells

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Head injuries are putting the safety of NFL players — and really the game of football itself —  in danger. But new research and technology could help reduce the amount of concussions that happen on the field and scientists at Washington State University are looking into ways to help...
NFL funding WSU research to fix injured brains with self-created nerve cells

Square COO resigns over sexual allegations claims

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Ex-Square COO Keith Rabois. Photo via Flickr (Tech Crunch) Square COO Keith Rabois is departing the mobile payments company due to sexual allegations. Rabois penned a blog post about his decision, denying the allegations but saying that he did not want this situation to be a distraction for the company. He...
Square COO resigns over sexual allegations claims
Penny Arcade reveals details of PAX Australia event

Amazon's new cloud services may blow your mind

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At Tuesday’s Structure:Europe event, Amazon.com’s CTO Werner Vogels hinted that “there are things coming down the pipe you wouldn’t believe,” when asked about what’s in store for Amazon’s Web Services. GigaOM did a little speculating this morning into what Vogels could have been talking about, and some of the possibilities are...
Amazon's new cloud services may blow your mind
Advice for Seattle's startup ecosystem: Don't do what Detroit did

Amazon opens Appstore in China; Kindle coming next?

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Amazon’s app store is officially open for business in China. The Seattle online retail giant debuted its app store for Chinese customers this past weekend, Reuters reported. Amazon’s newest store offers an alternative to Google Play for those in China. Unlike Google, Amazon’s store features both paid and free options....
Amazon opens Appstore in China; Kindle coming next?

AT&T bashes T-Mobile with full-page newspaper ad

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AT&T thinks poorly of T-Mobile and they’re running full-page newspaper ads to prove it. In the latest chapter of the bash-fest between the two mobile carriers, AT&T began running attack advertisements yesterday in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. In the ad, AT&T claims that T-Mobile’s network has twice as...
AT&T bashes T-Mobile with full-page newspaper ad
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