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Seattle Is Starbase to Star Trek Past and Future

Seattle Is Starbase to Star Trek Past and Future

When the newest, interstellar voyage from Star Trek’s Starfleet blasts through the galaxy this Friday with the premiere of Star Trek Beyond (playing in IMAX 3D at the Pacific Science Center and around the Sound), on board the starship will be an emissary from King County, Washington, stardate: July 22, 2016. The space traveler is one […]

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‘Pokémon Go’ Pushes Redmond-Based Nintendo Stock to Augmented Reality Breakthrough

‘Pokémon Go’ Pushes Redmond-Based Nintendo Stock to Augmented Reality Breakthrough

The game is immersive, based on augmented reality. But the stock surge of Kyoto, Japan-based Nintendo is all too real. Nintendo North America, which is headquartered in Redmond, saw its stock soar nearly 25 percent Monday after the release of  “Pokémon Go,” which directs its users to explore their physical surroundings to find, catch and train Pokémon characters. The […]

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Microsoft Makes Its Own Fireworks With Free Browser Version of Skype Meetings

Microsoft Makes Its Own Fireworks With Free Browser Version of Skype Meetings

Microsoft has released a free browser version of Skype called Skype Meetings aimed at small businesses. The first web-based product after the beta release of Skype for Web last year, Skype Meetings will let you video chat with up to 10 people at a time for the first 60 days of use, and then meeting capacity for the free edition is limited to three people.  […]

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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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