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Zillow Buying Trulia to Create Real Estate Behemoth

Zillow Buying Trulia to Create Real Estate Behemoth

Seattle-based Zillow has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trulia for $3.5 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction. The combined company will maintain both the Zillow and Trulia consumer brands, offering buyers, sellers, homeowners and renters access to vital information about homes and real estate for free, and providing advertising and software […]

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Exodus from Microsoft: 1200 Local Layoffs Announced Under “New Era” Realignment

Exodus from Microsoft: 1200 Local Layoffs Announced Under “New Era” Realignment

Twelve hundred employees in the greater Puget Sound area will be ending their employment relationship with Microsoft as part of a first-round, down- sizing under new CEO Satya Nadella. The employment cutbacks constitute the first phase of a rumored 18,000 in employment cuts representing the largest layoff round the company has ever faced in its 39 year […]

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Amazon Fire Phone Connects People and Products As Never Before

Amazon Fire Phone Connects People and Products As Never Before

Seattle, WA. — Amazon has unveiled Fire, the first smartphone designed by Amazon to use Firefly, a technology that quickly recognizes things in the real world—web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, movies, music, and millions of products, and lets you take action in seconds —— all with the simple press of […]

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Quartz “The Next Billion” Kicks Off June Bids & Bugs at S.A.M.

Quartz “The Next Billion” Kicks Off June Bids & Bugs at S.A.M.

To analyze the state of the Internet in June, 2014, the Atlantic Media property named Quartz is holding the second in its series of “Next Billion” conferences at the Seattle Art Museum. When Quartz was launched near the end of 2012, the online population of the world was expected to double by 2016. The founding […]

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The FCC’s Internet Neutrality: A Call to Arms

The FCC’s Internet Neutrality: A Call to Arms

Following a controversial decision on Net Neutrality, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel made a Seattle appearance last week to meet with area tech companies as well as the site of the tragic Oso slide. Ms. Rosenworcel, who has advocated for an open Internet, was actually critical of the proposal and attempted to delay it until the agency gathered public comment. But she ended […]

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Seattle Achieves Record Tourism Growth, Out-Paces U.S.

Seattle Achieves Record Tourism Growth, Out-Paces U.S.

Seattle’s tourism industry is celebrating an embarrassment of riches: record visitations, visitor spending, tax contributions and employment. Overnight visitor volumes in the city and county has increased 3 percent in 2013 to 16.1 million, according to statistics provided to Visit Seattle by the national research firm Tourism Economics. This compares to a 2 percent growth […]

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Talking to Your TV, Amazon’s Most Outspoken Legacy

Talking to Your TV, Amazon’s Most Outspoken Legacy

That Amazon.com has changed the lifestyle habits of millions of consumers who have grown accustomed to doing their shopping online, getting uniquely personal product recommendations, and often receiving same-day deliveries of everything from diapers to dill pickles on their doorstep or in local storage lockers is undeniable. But the companies greatest legacy in our online-convenienced […]

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Microsoft Office for iPad: Market Penetration or Deviation?

Microsoft Office for iPad: Market Penetration or Deviation?

Listening to Satya Nadella’s first public pitch session as CEO, unveiling a momentous event in Microsoft history, the cross-platform, “post-PC” launch of Microsoft’s flagship Office franchise to the Apple iPad, was a “wowser” of a premier that quickly turned into an “owser” of a pitch. This was Microsoft’s chance to dazzle. But, likened to the […]

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Seattle as 21st Century Metro, Midway Arcade

Seattle as 21st Century Metro, Midway Arcade

Move over P.T. Barnum!  You too, Ringling Brothers and Cirque de Soleil. Seattle is about to become an even more spectacular, three-ring, “Big Top” of derring do and high-flying amusement among America’s cities to a degree not seen since the 1962 World’s Fair. Following the arrival of The Big Wheel on Pier 57, the same […]

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CreditReport.com Meet Versium’s Fraud Score. Two Ways to Catch a Fraudster!

CreditReport.com Meet Versium’s Fraud Score. Two Ways to Catch a Fraudster!

What if companies could predict and prevent fraudsters with just a simple email address?  And see capture rates as high as 80 percent with false positive rates as low as four percent? This week, Redmond data technology company Versium, launched its Predictive Fraud Score solution to accomplish just that! Fraud struck close to home when Versium’s CEO Chris […]

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