Friday, December 19, 2014

Report: Starbucks, Square Part Ways On Mobile Payments

Friday, December 19, 2014

A report today says that Seattle-based Starbucks and Square are going separate ways on their mobile payments, as Starbucks has opted to build its own, mobile ordering products....

 
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Mercent Acquired By CommerceHub

Friday, December 19, 2014

Seattle-based Mercent, which develops cloud-based software to help market e-commerce catalogs across the web, has been acquired by CommerceHub. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed....

 
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

FolioMetrix Lands $5M

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Portland-based FolioMetrix, a developer of mutual fund asset management software, has raised $5M in a funding round, the company said Wednesday. The funding came from Grail Partners. FolioMetrix was co-founded by Greg Rutherford and Jerry Murphey....

 
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Skytap Scores $35M

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Seattle-based Skytap has raised $35M in an investment round, led by Insight Venture Partners, the company announced this morning....

 
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Amazon Ups Ecommerce Ante With One Hour Delivery

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Seattle-based Amazon.com is further upping the e-commerce delivery ante, saying this morning that it has launched one hour delivery through a new service called Prime Now. Amazon....

 
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Redfin Gets $70.9M Funding Round For National Expansion

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Seattle-based online real estate brokerage Redfin said this morning that it has raised a $70.9M funding round, as it continues to expand out the number of markets it serves....

 
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kymeta Raises $20M, Swaps CEO

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Redmond-based Kymeta has raised $20M in a financing round, and has shuffled its CEO, the company said earlier this week. Kymeta said the investment came from existing investors, including Bill Gates and lux Capital....

 
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Utrip Gets $850K For Personalized Travel Service

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Seattle-based Utrip said today that it has raised $850,000 in a funding round, to go towards the company's personalized travel planning services. Source of the funding was not announced. Utrip is led by Gilad bernstein....

 
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amazon Fire TV Gets HBO GO

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

HBO GO, HBO's subscription video service, is now available on Amazon.com's Fire TV service, the company said yesterday, allowing Amazon customers access to yet another streaming video service. The two said that HBO GO will be accessible via Amazon Fire TV voice search....

 
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Microsoft Rolls Out The Closest Thing To Babelfish Yet, Via Skype

Monday, December 15, 2014

In what might be the closest thing to the fictional "babelfish" from the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Microsoft has rolled out a feature of Skype which will translate spoken language between Spanish and English....

 
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Cray Wins $30M Contract

Monday, December 15, 2014

Seattle-based Cray reported another win over at the Department of Defense, saying that it has been awarded a $30M supercomputer contract for two of its CX40 supercomputers and two Cray Sonexion storage systems. Cray said the new systems will be installed at the U.S....

 
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Intellicheck Mobilisa Names CRO

Monday, December 15, 2014

Port Townsend, Washington-based Intellicheck Mobilisa>, which develops identification technology, said today that it has named Robert N. Williamsen as its new Chief Revenue Officer. Williamson was previously at Pyxis Corporation, and also served at IntelliDOT (now Patient Safe Solutions)....

 
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NRGindependence Gets Backing From Oregon BEST

Monday, December 15, 2014

NRGindependence, a new startup spun out of Oregon State University, has scored commercialization funding from Oregon BEST, the commercialization organization created by the Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Portland State University, and University of Oregon....

 
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

QuestionPro Acquires RapidEngage

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Seattle-based online survey software developer QuestionPro said Wednesday that it has acquired RapidEngage, a developer of survye sftware used for collecting customer insight on websites. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed....

 
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Microsoft Ventures Launches New Seattle Accelerator

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Microsoft Ventures has launched a new, accelerator effort in Seattle, focused on what it describes as "Digital Work", to help startups build productivity applications, cloud software, and enterprise software....

 
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HBO's Seattle Engineering Office In Jeopardy After Executive Shakeup

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A team of engineers in Seattle, working for HBO, might be looking for new jobs soon--after a high profile shakeup of the organization yesterday, which resulted in CTO Otto Berkes resigning Tuesday....

 
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Amazon's New Surprise! Targets Birthdays, Occasions

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Amazon.com rolled out a new mobile app today, aimed at helping its customers remember the birthdays and other special occasions of family members and friends--using a connection into Facebook....

 
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Tripwire Sold To Belden For $710M

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Portland-based security software developer Tripwire has been sold to Belden, in a deal worth $710M in cash, the companies said Tuesday. According to Belden, the move will help its customers improve the robustness and security of their networks. Belden is based in St. Louis, Missouri....

 
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Amazon.com To FAA: US Stifling Drone Industry

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Amazon.com--in its attempt to bring commercial delivery of products via drone to reality--is becoming impatient with the slow and restrictive pace of drone regulation in the United States, and says it is considering moving its drone research and development efforts overseas....

 
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Porch.com Launches Mobile App, Booking Service

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Looking for a home professional to help you with your remodel or other home tasks? Seattle-based Porch has rolled out its first app today, the Porch App, for both iPhone and iPod touch. Porch said the app will provide "one-click" help to find home profeessionals....

 
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Portland Sues Uber, Seeks Shutdown

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The City of Portland has sued on-demand ridesharing service Uber, accusing the startup of operating an "illegal, unregulated transportation service", saying that Uber is in violatoin of the city's Private for Hire Transportation Regulations and Administrative Rules....

 
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Monday, December 8, 2014

CenturyLink Buys DataGardens

Monday, December 8, 2014

CenturyLink said today that it has acquired disaster recovery provider and technology developer Datagardens, whose service is used to protect the servers of corporate customers. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed....

 
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Icebrg.io Gets $2.5M For Network Security Efforts

Monday, December 8, 2014

Seattle-based Icebrg.io, a startup founded by former Microsoft Security veterans William Peteroy and Josh Carlson, said last week that it has raised $2.5M in a seed financing round....

 
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Spare5 Finds $3.25M

Monday, December 8, 2014

Seattle-based Spare5, a provider of an on-demand, mobile service which pays people for helping with image tagging and data cleanup on their spare time, has raised $3.25M in a seed funding, the company said this morning....

 
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Redfin Expands In Colorado

Friday, December 5, 2014

Seattle-based online real estate brokerage Redfin is continuing to expand out the markets where it is offering its services, saying this morning that it has opened up its home buying and selling services in Colorado Springs, Colorado....

 
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Microsoft Sells Stake In Nook

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Microsoft Corp. has sold its stake in electronic book device maker Nook Media LLC, back to partner Barnes & Noble, Barnes & Noble said Thursday, in a deal worth $125M in cash and stock. Microsoft had owned 16.8 percent of Nook Media....

 
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Dropbox Opens Engineering Office In Seattle

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Seattle continues to attract Silicon Valley firms looking to tap into the area's rich wealth of engineering talent--with the latest entrant into the city being Dropbox....

 
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Redfin Expands To Indianapolis

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Seattle-based real estate site Redfin said today that it has expanded to Indianapolis, Indiana, in an expansion of its business into yet another local market. Redfin said it will offer up its home buying and selling services throughout central Indiana....

 
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Blab Nabs $8.8M

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Seattle-based Blab, a developer of predictive analytics software aimed at social conversations, said this morning that it has raised $8.8M in a funding round, the initial close on an ongoing $11.6M funding for the company....

 
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Zillow Sued Over Sexual Harassment Claim

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Seattle-based Zillow is facing a new, employment lawsuit claiming that the company fostered a "frat house" culture in its Irvine, California offices, allowing for widespread sexual harassment at the location....

 
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Basho Moves Headquarters To Bellevue

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Basho Technologies, which develops the popular NoSQL database Riak, said today that it has moved its corporate headquarters to Bellevue, and also appointed two new executives. The company said it has named Amy Kelleran Pelly as CFO, and Heath McKelvey as VP of Engineering....

 
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Micasense Gets $2M From Parrot For Drone Technology

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Seattle-based Micasense, which develops drone-based hardware and software for monitoring crop health, has raised $2M in a Series A funding....

 
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Socrata Scores $30M

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Seattle-based cloud data software developer Socrata said this morning that it has raised $30M in a venture funding, the company's Series C....

 
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Tripwire: Online Shoppers Easily Duped By Bogus Links

Monday, December 1, 2014

Is that Cyber Monday email you are getting really from that brand you think it's coming from? Maybe not. Portland-based Tripwire said that it has found that consumers are too quick to click on malicious links which they think are coming from "trusted brands"--but are actually from cyber attackers....

 
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Microsoft Buys Acompli

Monday, December 1, 2014

Microsoft said this morning that it has acquired email software maker Acompli, which develops email apps on iOS and Android. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed, howevever, reports place the buy at over $200M. Acompli's email connects into Microsoft's popular Outlook email software....

 
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