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The Dream Team on Live Stream:  Facebook Live’s New Playbook Calls for a Cool $50 Million “Play-Day!”

The Dream Team on Live Stream:  Facebook Live’s New Playbook Calls for a Cool $50 Million “Play-Day!”

Facebook has rolled out an ambitious game plan for the promotion of its Facebook LIVE streaming service.  The program, which gives new meaning to the phrase “pay-for-play,” resembles a Hollywood studio model. It will pay handsomely for content originating from select, newsworthy sources and celebrities. The new playbook hopes to compete with rivals like Snapchat, Twitter’s Periscope app and YouTube. According […]

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The State of Search — Unregulated Results and Privacy Questions Loom Large

The State of Search — Unregulated Results and Privacy Questions Loom Large

The annual SMX Advanced Search Marketing Expo has once again taken up advanced SEO and PPC discussion on the Seattle waterfront this week. The multi-track symposium tackles the leading organic and paid search advertising questions affecting search engine visibility, search engine lead generation and the conversion analytics that flow from click-throughs to sales. Unlike year’s past, however, the virtual real estate that divides […]

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Buying LinkedIn, Microsoft Is Undisputed Leader in Professional Data

Buying LinkedIn, Microsoft Is Undisputed Leader in Professional Data

Microsoft will acquire the professional social network LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $26.2 billion (including LinkedIn’s net cash). LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner will report to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and join Microsoft’s Senior Leadership Team. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn’s chairman of the board, co-founder and controlling shareholder), has given his full support […]

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T-Mobile Offers Stock, Tuesdays “Thank You” App & More As Un-carrier Appeal Grows

T-Mobile Offers Stock, Tuesdays “Thank You” App & More As Un-carrier Appeal Grows

Bellevue-based T-Mobile is more “black swan” than “black sheep” when it comes to building its reputation as the mobile world’s most uncommon and innovative  “Un-carrier.” The iconic black swan represents an event or occurrence that deviates beyond what is normally expected and is difficult to predict. That description seems to fit T-Mobile president and CEO John Legere to a “T.”  […]

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee Premieres ForEveryone.Net at SIFF

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Premieres ForEveryone.Net at SIFF

When Sir Tim Berners-Lee drafted a proposal in 1989 for a different kind of computer network that he named the World Wide Web (not the runner-up name which was “Mesh”), he became a “founding father” on a scale that would surpass even Broadway’s Alexander “Hamilton.”   Could he have envisioned how his brainchild would transform the worlds of education, entertainment and commerce? […]

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Join the “Party for the Park,” June 2, with QuoteWizard in Pioneer Square

Join the “Party for the Park,” June 2, with QuoteWizard in Pioneer Square

To celebrate ten years of a pioneering effort to save consumers money on the best values in home, health, auto, renter’s and life insurance products, QuoteWizard, Seattle’s leader in online insurance comparison shopping, will host a “Party for the Park” this Thursday in Pioneer Square — and you’re invited. From 3-7 p.m. in Occidental Square, adjacent to the […]

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Microsoft is First Ever Tech Company to Address UN Security Council On Fighting Terrorism

Microsoft is First Ever Tech Company to Address UN Security Council On Fighting Terrorism

A Microsoft executive has addressed the U.N.’s most powerful body on a framework for countering terrorist propaganda and online recruiting.  The remarks of Steven A. Crown, a Microsoft vice president and deputy general counsel, marked the first time a representative of a technology company spoke before the United Nations Security Council. “There is no silver bullet that will stop […]

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Seattle Opens Alaska Cruising Season In Era of Digital Ports of Call

Seattle Opens Alaska Cruising Season In Era of Digital Ports of Call

As the Alaska-bound cruising season opens this week at Seattle’s Pier 91, there are those avid Net surfers who wonder how to connect with the “Cloud” from onboard ship. While many passengers may appreciate a respite from their daily digital habits, and being untethered for a week or more can be its own vacation, other travelers may want, […]

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Running Late During Seattle Viaduct Closure? Glympse Shares Your Location With Anyone You Choose

Running Late During Seattle Viaduct Closure? Glympse Shares Your Location With Anyone You Choose

Seattle’s double-decked Alaskan Way Viaduct that has elevated traffic along the Elliott Bay waterfront since 1953, connecting our Boomtown sporting arenas with Belltown, will officially be closed for the next two weeks, causing traffic tie-ups across the metro region as drivers look for alternate routes. Thankfully, there is a hands-free solution for keeping friends, family and business colleagues alerted if you find […]

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Rand Fishkin’s “10X Content” is the Universal RX for Better Search Ranking

Rand Fishkin’s “10X Content” is the Universal RX for Better Search Ranking

The mustachioed impresario of Seattle-based Moz, our own native son of SEO software (+ strategies + link building), Rand Fishkin, aka “The Wizard of Moz,” has minted a new term that has been reverberating across the Web — from Seattle with love! The term is “10X Content.”  Rand first coined it in a “Whiteboard Friday,” the […]

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