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Seattle’s Interactive Conference 2014 — Making It Real!

Seattle’s Interactive Conference 2014 — Making It Real!

It’s been four years since the Seattle Interactive Conference first gained world-class recognition. In year one, as a heavyweight contender for the title of most authoritative, most credentialed thought-leading Internet symposium on the planet. In year two, tipping a truly industry-galvanizing inflection point for e-commerce, whether the industry was E-tail, Gaming, Movies, Music, Travel or […]

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Delving Into the Connective Tissue of Office 365. It’s Delve!

Delving Into the Connective Tissue of Office 365. It’s Delve!

In an era where cloud computing lets users connect with applications and files virtually anywhere, how can users connect what they are working on with information, contacts and resources that are a few degrees of separation apart? Microsoft has released a productivity app that aims to be the connective tissue of its Office suite and […]

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Back to Work, Back to School: Get Back to Where You Once Belonged!

Back to Work, Back to School: Get Back to Where You Once Belonged!

Back to work, back to school, back to the Seahawks and the Super Bowl, back to Fall’s fresh crop of tech announcements about new products and new prototypes of the desktop OS, the mobile OS, and devices like the portmanteau of phone and tablet, the super-sized phablet, and the wristwatch (yes, getting back to our wrists, since […]

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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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