Friday, August 22, 2014

ESI Bolsters Board With Former Tektronix CEO

Friday, August 22, 2014

Portland-based Electro Scientific Industries said this morning that it has named Richard H. Wills, the former Chairman and CEO of Tektronix, to its board. Wills served as President and CEO of Tektronix until 2008, and was also Chairman of Tektronix from 2001 through 2008....

 
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Daptiv Acquired By ChangePoint

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Seattle-bsaed Daptiv, which develops software-as-a-service products for project portfolio management, has been acquired by ChangePoint, a Canadian software company, the companies said Thursday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed....

 
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Ignition Finds More Funds For Xamarin In $54M Round

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Seattle-based venture investor Ignition Partners is backing portfolio company Xamarin in a third funding round, as part of a big, $54M funding. Xamarin said today that it has raised $54M in its Series C funding, for its cross development tools....

 
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Airbiquity Ties With INRIX, Parkopedia

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Seattle-based Airbquity has signed up two more information providers for its Choreo connect car services platform, the company announced this morning....

 
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MyYearLook Debuts Online Yearbook App With Angel Funding

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Port Orchard, Washington-based MyYearLook said today that it has launched a new, online web application which helps people create photo albums with friends and families....

 
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Redfin Launches 3D Home Tours

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Is a 3D, virtual home tour in your future? It might just be--thanks to Seattle's Redfin, which said this morning that it is rolling out 3D scanning technology which will convert home listings into high resolution, 3D online tours....

 
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Unity Technologies Buys Tsugi For Game Development Tools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Unity Technologies, which develops game engine software, said today at its Seattle Unite 2014 conference, that it has acquired Tsugi, a Texas-based developer of game development tools. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced by the companies....

 
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Intellectual Ventures Chops 20 Percent

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bellevue-based patent storehouse Intellectual Ventures has cut around 20 percent of its staff, or roughly 140 people, according to a memo sent to the company's staff. The company had around 700 employees before the cuts....

 
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Microsoft's Ballmer Steps Down From Board

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, said Tuesday that he is stepping down from Microsoft's board, to devote more time to his new basketball team, the Clippers, as well as civic contributions, teaching and study....

 
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PlayFab Gets $2.5M

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Seattle-based PlayFab, a startup which handles back end operations for game studios, said today that it has raised $2.5M in a seed funding round....

 
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Rover Competitor DogVacay Boosts Pets In Rover's Territory

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Maybe it's not quite a dog-eat-dog world out there after all. The chief competitor to Seattle's online pet sitting marketplace Rover.com has an unlikely promotion which ultimately bolsters pet ownership in the Pacific Northwest. DogVacay....

 
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Microsoft Azure Clobbered By Downtime

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It hasn't been a good last few days for Microsoft's cloud services, Microsoft Azure, as the service saw widespread issues and downtime over the last few days -- which limited customer's access to its SQL databases, storage, virtual machines, and more in Asia, Europe, and elsewhere....

 
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Algorithmia Finds $2.4M

Monday, August 18, 2014

Seattle-based Algorithmia, which operates an online marketplace for software algorithms, said this morning that it has raised $2.4M in a seed funding round. The funding came from Madrona Venture Group, and also included Rakuten Ventures, Deep Fork Capital, Oren Etzioni and Charles Fitzgerald....

 
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Elemental Powers Horse, Greyhound Racing Video Network

Friday, August 15, 2014

Portland-based Elemental Technologies, which develops products which are used to encode video content in real time into different formats, says it is powering the operations of a new mobile streaming service for Roberts Communications Network, which simulcasts horse and greyhound racing....

 
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Avvo Updates iPhone App

Friday, August 15, 2014

Seattle-based Avvo, the online directory and forum focused on lawyers, said this week that it has updated its iPhone app, adding a new question and answer feature to the app....

 
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INRIX Taps Former GM Exec For Board

Friday, August 15, 2014

Kirkland-based traffic information and technology developer Inrix has added a former General Motors executive, Tony Posawatz, to the company's board of directors, the company said Thursday, as it continues to work with automakers on in-car data services....

 
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Vadio Raises $2M For Music Video Streaming

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Portland-based Vadio, the developer of music video streaming technology headed by Bryce Clemmer, said Thursday that it has raised $2M in a seed funding round....

 
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Redfin Launches Home Selling Dashboard

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Seattle-based online real estate brokerage Redfin said today that it has launched a new tool aimed at home sellers, called the Redfin Home Dashboard....

 
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Amazon Expands In California

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Seattle-based Amazon.com said today that it is opening up yet another fulfillment center, this time in California. Amazon said it is opening up its fifth fulfillment center in California, and is looking to hire 2500 people for the new, 700,000 square foot center....

 
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bezos Puts Bet On Mobile Security Developer Lookout

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has just made a late stage bet on a developer of mobile security software. According to Lookout, a Bay Area mobile security software company, Bezos Expeditions has joined a number of new investors--including T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc....

 
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Payrange Raises $2.75M

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Portland-based mobile payment firm Payrange said today that it has raised $2.75M in a funding round, with investors such as Nyca Partners, Google Ventures, Jared Leto, Hans Morris, Jonathan Weiner, Anil Aggarwal, Barbara Coroan, and Phil Nadel....

 
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Intel To Invest $100 Billion In Oregon

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chip maker Intel is investing $100 billion in investment in Oregon, as part of a new deal this week with Washington County and the city of Hillsboro which gives the company thirty years worth of property tax breaks....

 
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RealNetworks Cuts 10 Percent

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Seattle-based RealNetworks said late Tuesday that it is cutting 10 percent of its workforce, or approximately 86 people, as part of a move to make the business more efficient....

 
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Amazon Takes On Square With Local Register

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Seattle-based Amazon.com launched a new product this morning, aimed directly at payment company Square and its ubiquitous smartphone-connected credit card readers. According to Amazon.com, it has launched Amazon Local Register, a secure card reader and mobile app aimed at local businesses....

 
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Express Metrix Acquired By Cherwell Software

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Seattle-based Express Metrix a developer of IT software asset management products, has been acquired by Cherwell Software, Cherwell announced today. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed by the companies. Express Metrix develops software used for IT management....

 
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Techstars Seattle Picks Ten Companies For New Class

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Techstars Seattle, the startup accelerator here run by Andy Sack, has announced ten companies for the program's 2014 class. According to Sack, the group receive over 600 applications for the ten spots this year....

 
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Airbiquity's New Tie To Twitter Lets You Drive And Tweet

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Seattle-based telematics technology developer Airbiquity has connected its systems to Twitter and TuneIn Radio, the company announced this morning. The link allows drivers to view, reply, and post tweets on Twitter--using text to speech technology--all while driving....

 
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Weckey Takes On Smart Lobby Reception

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Liberty Lake-based Telect, which manufactures copper, fiber, power, and rack network infrastructure equipment, has spun out and funded its own iPad startup, Weckey, the company said today, to take on the "reception-less" lobby....

 
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Amazon To Launch Third, Pilot Season

Monday, August 11, 2014

Seattle-based Amazon.com said today that it is getting set to launch the third, pilot season of its original content efforts, launching three comedies and two thrillers to audiences in the US and UK....

 
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Microsoft Rolls Out New, $25 Phone

Monday, August 11, 2014

Redmond-based Microsoft has a new phone, and it's making it available at a bargain price: only $25.00, with no requirements for long term contracts....

 
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Intellicheck Mobilisa Names COO

Friday, August 8, 2014

Port Townsend, Washington-based Intellicheck Mobilisa said this morning that it has named William H. Roof, Ph.D., as its Chief Operating Officer....

 
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Zillow Adds Mortgage Pre-Approvals On Mobile

Friday, August 8, 2014

Seattle-based Zillow said it has added the ability to get a mortgage pre-approval on its mobile app for iOS....

 
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Symform's Cloud Storage Service, Team Acquired By Quantum

Friday, August 8, 2014

The cloud storage services platform and team from Seattle-based Symform, have been acquired by storage device maker Quantum Corp., Quantum said Thursday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed....

 
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

AssureStart Sets Marketing Chief

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Seattle-based AssureStart, the online small business insurance website which is backed by American Family Insurance, said Wednesday that it has named Chad Zenner as the company's Chief Marketing Officer. Zenner was previously at Principal Financial Group, serving as director of Digital Marketing....

 
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Google's Calendar Feature Loss Is CompanionLink's Gain

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A move by Google to eliminate the ability to synchronize its online calendar with the popular, Microsoft Exchange corporate email server is giving an opportunity to Portland-based CompanionLink--if only, users are willing to pay for what had been a free Google feature....

 
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