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“SEO SOS” Moz, Part Deux

“SEO SOS” Moz, Part Deux

When Seattle24x7 entitled a recent ShopTalk interview with Moz CEO Sarah Bird and founder Rand Fishkin “SEO SOS,” the headline was not intended to prognosticate the 28% reduction in Moz’s workforce that the SEO company announced last week. In a blog post, CEO Bird cited the increase in product breadth and diversification that has occurred inside […]

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City of Seattle Awards $320,000 for Digital Equity

City of Seattle Awards $320,000 for Digital Equity

In 2016, the city of Seattle’s  IT Community Technology program released a Digital Equity Action Plan, which was developed in partnership with more than 100 community leaders, non-profit organizations, companies, and members of the public. Announced this week, ten Seattle organizations will receive a total of $320,000 in Technology Matching Funds as part of that Digital Equity Initiative. The 2016 Technology Matching […]

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Welcoming DOTA 2: The International 2016 Main Event

Welcoming DOTA 2: The International 2016 Main Event

The doors to Key Arena were flung open at 9:00 a.m. Monday morning to welcome a crush of cyber gaming fans to the crowning tournament of the competitive DOTA 2 season — the International 2016 Main Event.   The crown of DOTA 2 Champion will come with a whopping $8.8 million dollar prize for first place; $3 million […]

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The Impure End to the Pure Play of Drugstore.com and Beauty.com

The Impure End to the Pure Play of Drugstore.com and Beauty.com

When Walgreens, the nation’s largest drug store chain, announced its $429 million cash buyout of Drugstore.com in 2011, many analysts speculated it was mostly for the value of the domain name. At the time, Drugstore.com had revenue estimates of a “mere” $529.6 million for 2011 compared to more than $65 billion a year for Walgreens brick and mortar (and pestle) stores. Another reason […]

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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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