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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Blab Nabs $8.8M

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. The Series B Pref...

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Opal Labs Lands $8M

Portland-based Opal Labs said Friday that it has raised $8M in a Series A funding. The funding was led by Madrona Ventures. Opal is a developer of collaborative planning software aimed at brand and social marketing teams. The company is led...

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Smarsh Connects Into Instagram

In an odd intersection of corporate compliance and instant photo messaging, Portland-based software maker Smarsh said this morning that companies can now meet their regulatory and e-discovery requirements, even if they are using Instagram. ...

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Friday, September 26, 2014

TigerLogic Names Chairman

Portland-based TigerLogic, a developer of mobile, app development, and social media products and services, has named Philip D. Barrett as its Chairman. The company said that Barrett replaces Richard W. Koe, who will remain on the company's ...

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mixpo Buys ShopIgniter

Seattle-based Mixpo said this morning that it has acquired Portland-based ShopIgniter, the developer of social advertising technology. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Mixpo said that it will continue to operate ShopIgniter's ...

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Jive Updates Software

Jive Software, which develops social business software and has major operations in Portland, said this week that it has launched a new version of its external community platform, JiveX, as well as rolled out a new release of its flagship so...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Anomo Scores $800K In Convertible Debt Funding

Seattle-based Anomo, the latest startup from James Sun, recently raised $800,000 in a convertible debt funding, according to the company. The funding came from Maveron, Lee Zehrer (Kiss.com) and Amit Mital (Symantec). Anomo is developing a ...

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Chirpify Buys Measureful

Portland-based Chirpify, the developer of social commerce software led by Chris Teso, said today that it has acquired fellow Portland company Measureful. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Measureful was a provider of automated,...

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Insightful Launches Business Network Search Service Into Beta

Seattle-based Insightful said today that it has launched a brand new, search tool specifically aimed at enterprises--helping employees to find people using the social network of an entire company's employees. The startup--led by Ilya Billig...

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

ReadyPulse Gets $2M In Series A

ReadyPulse, the developer of social content marketing software which spun out of Bellevue's Moxie Software two years ago, has raised $2M in a Series A funding round, the company said this week. The company--which now says it is headquartere...

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Simply Measured Raises $20M More In Series C

Seattle-based Simply Measured, the developer of social analytics software, said this morning that it has raised $20M more in funding. The Series C funding round was led by Trinity Ventures, and also included Bessemer Venture Partners, Four ...

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Chirpify's ActionTags Connects Consumers, Brands, TV

See something you'd love to buy on TV, and want to know more? Portland-based Chirpify said this week that it has launched a new product, #Actiontags for TV, which it says will let consumers request products and promotions via Twitter, Faceb...

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Vizify Acquired By Yahoo

Portland-based Vizify, which develops software to let users create vanity domains which incorporate a user's social media, has been acquired by Yahoo. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Vizify said it will no longer be allowing ...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Classmates: We're 18!

Remember the dot com boom and bust? The folks over at Seattle's Classmates.com probably do, as the company trumpeted this morning that it has just hit 18 years of business. Classmates said it started its website in 1995, as a place to recon...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Little Bird Lands $1.7M For Social Media Search

Portland-based Little Bird, which is led by Marshall Kirkpatrick, said Tuesday that it has raised $1.7M in a Seed financing round, for its efforts in helping find social influencers and track emerging news. The company said the funding will...

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Askem Gets Funding From Microsoft Ventures

Askem, a startup developing social apps to let users ask their friends and others for personal advice, has scored some funding from Microsoft, via Microsoft Ventures. Size of the funding round was not announced. According to Microsoft Ventu...

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Zynga Cuts Seattle Offices

Social game developer Zynga said this week that it is cutting 15 percent of its staff, a move which impacts its Seattle software development offices. According to multiple reports, Zynga is cutting its entire Seattle development office as p...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

G5 Targets Multifamily Housing Industry With SEO Product

Bend, Oregon-based G5, which develops software for the multifamily housing industry, said it has launched a new, search engine optimization (SEO) product specifically aimed at the multifamily industry. The company said its new G5 Social SEO...

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Glympse Powers New Gogo Inflight Location Service

Seattle-based Glympse is powering a new, in-flight, location service being offered by in-flight wireless provider Gogo, the two said yesterday. According to the two, all of Gogo's flights will allow travelers to send Glympse inflight inform...

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Friday, November 1, 2013

G5 Launches New Social Media, SEO Software

Bend, Oregon-based G5, which develops software for the senior living industry, said this week that it has launched a new product which provides social media and search engine optimization functionality to its customers. The company said the...

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ActiveBuilding Acquired By RealPage

Seattle-based ActiveBuilding, which develops a community portal and platform around the life of apartments residents, has been acquired by RealPage, a developer of apartment and rental management software. Financial terms of the deal were n...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Perion Debuts New Social Email App

Perion, the parent company of Seattle-based Smilebox, said today that it has launched a new mobile email app called Molto. According to the company, the new iOS app adds such social features as automatically updated newsfeeds and photos, co...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Perion Debuts New Social Email App

Perion, the parent company of Seattle-based Smilebox, said today that it has launched a new mobile email app called Molto. According to the company, the new iOS app adds such social features as automatically updated newsfeeds and photos, co...

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Persona Aims To Clean Up Social Profiles

In a bid to clean up all those social media posts you regret from late night college drinking binges, a Seattle-based startup, Persona, said today that it has launched a new tool to clean up their social media profile. The startup--founded ...

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Banyan Branch Acquired By Deloitte

Seattle-based digital and social media agency Banyan Branch has been acquired by accounting and consulting giant Deloitte, Deloitte announced this morning. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to Deloitte, the ...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BevyUp Debuts New Analytics Product

Seattle-based BevyUp said today that it is launching a brand new product, aimed at providing online retailers into shopper buying sentiment. The company said its new Social Revenue Optimization (SRO) analytics platform provides information ...

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

RealNetworks' GameHouse Gives Out $100,000 Prize

Seattle-based GameHouse, the developer of casual and social games which is a division of RealNetworks, said today that it has given out its first prize in its $100,000 sweepstakes effort. RealNetworks has been using the sweepstakes to attra...

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Monday, September 23, 2013

BevyUp Adds Two E-commerce Retailers

Seattle-based BevyUp, a developer of social analytics and targeting software, said today that it has signed up two new e-commerce retailers to its service. The company said it has added Jewelry designer Amrita Singh and fashion designer Van...

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Chirpify Debuts New Product, Actiontags

Portland-based Chirpify said this morning that it has launched a new product, #actiontags, which lets people make purchases, enter contests, donate, or conduct other activities by just posting a hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. T...

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Gratafy Finds New Funding, Expands To LA

Seattle-based social gifting startup Gratafy disclosed this week that it has raised $1.45M in a new angel funding, and expanded its service into its second market, Los Angeles. The startup was founded by Brian Erke and Ryan Halper. The fund...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tagboard Gets $2M For Hashtag Search, Management Software

If you're at all connected into social media, you're very familiar with hashtags--those keywords, indicated by #hashtag--used by users to indicate different topics. A new, Seattle startup, Tagboard, is looking to make it easier to track and...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Big Fish Whacks Staff As Mobile, Social Games Pressure Casual Model

Seattle-based Big Fish Games is going through a big layoff today, as the shift from PC-based casual games to mobile platform has taken its toll on the company. Big Fish has laid of 49 of its employees at its Seattle headquarters, and also s...

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Simply Measured Ties With Tumblr

Seattle-based Simply Measured, the provider of social media analytics software, has scored a big win today, announcing a deal with photo blogging site Tumblr. According to the two, Tumblr is partnering with Simply Measured to add enterprise...

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

HootSuite Lands $165M, Largest Canadian Software Funding, Ever

It's been fairly quiet over the border in Vancouver, Canada, for funding lately. At least, until today. Vancouver-based HootSuite, which develops social media management tools, said this afternoon that it has raised $165M US in what it says...

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

RealNetworks Buys Slingo For $15.6M

Seattle-based RealNetworks said this morning that it has acquired social casino games maker Slingo, in a deal worth $15.6M. RealNetworks said, as part of the acquisition, that it will be creating new version of Slingo for Facebook, iPhone, ...

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chirpify Raises $6M

Portland-based social e-commerce service Chirpify announced this morning that it has now raised $6M in its Series funding round, which it will use to expand its social commerce platform. The company said it raised an additional, $4M in the ...

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Persona Takes On Social Media Reputations

Seattle-based Persona said this week that it has launched an effort to develop tools to help Facebook, Twitter and Google+ users protect their professional reputations on social media. The startup--led by former aQuantive exec Lee Sherman--...

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Concur Invests In Two More Companies

Bellevue-based Concur has made investments in two companies, the software company said today, out of the company's $150M Concur Perfect Trip Fund. According to Concur, the company invested in StayNTouch, a developer of cloud-based software ...

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Trover Lands $2.5M From Concur For Travel Photo Sharing

Seattle-based Trover, which operates a social travel photography sharing service, has raised $2.5M in a new funding round this morning from Concur. According to Trover, the funding came via Concur's Perfect Trip Fund, and also included prio...

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

NW Social Venture Fund Aims At Social Impact, Entrepreneurship

How can you use the principles of startup acceleration and entrepreneurship to help make the world better? Portland-based startup accelerator and investment fund NW Social Venture Fund's mission is just that: to help support philanthropic e...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

ReadyPulse Takes On Social Content Marketing

Bellevue-based ReadyPulse, which develops social content marketing software, said today that it has officially launched its product. The company said its Pulse Marketing Suite is aimed at brands, to help them find their most liked photos, v...

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Simply Measured Adds LinkedIn Reporting

Social media marketers looking to understand how their marketing efforts are playing on LinkedIn have a new tool today, from social analytics software developer SimplyMeasured. The Seattle startup said that it has started offering up an ent...

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

AddToAny Founder Buys Back Firm From Lockerz

Seattle-based Lockerz has sold back AddToAny, which developed social sharing tools, to its founder, Pat Diven II. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Diven said that he is "back at it full time" working on AddToAny. Locke...

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Bing Searches Now Bolster Klout Scores

Are you friends searching for you on Bing? If they do, it will boost your score on social media measurement service Klout, the two announced today. According to the companies, the number of times someone searches for you on Bing now contrib...

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Jive Software Eyed For Takeover, Says Report

Jive Software, the developer of enterprise collaboration and social software, is being eyed by a number of companies as a takeover candidate, according to a report today. The Portland Business Journal says that IBM or Oracle Corp. have been...

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Plants vs. Zombies Adventures Debuts On Facebook

Seattle-based mobile and social games developer PopCap Games has debuted a new, Plants vs. Zombies offshoot on Facebook, the company said this week. According to PopCap, the new Plants vs. Zombies Adventures on Facebook is the first, social...

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Maveron Backs Newsle To Help You Track Your Contacts

Seattle-based venture investor Maveron is one of the firms backing Newsle, a developer of technology to help surface and track news on your social contacts and connections. Newsle said it raised $1.65M in a Series A financing round today, w...

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Clipboard Acquired By Salesforce, Shut Down

Bellevue-based social bookmarking service Clipboard has been acquired by Salesforce.com, in a positive return for the company--but one which will shut down the service. According to Clipboard, Salesforce has acquired the company, but will s...

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chirpify Raises $2M More For Social Payments

Portland-based Chirpify has $2M more in its pocket for advancing its social payments service, after a new investment from Voyager Capital. Chirpify said the initial, Series A close comes in addition to the $1.3M it raise earlier from Voyage...

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

PopCap's Bookworm Heroes Hits iOS

Fans of Bookworm Heroes, the word game from PopCap Games, can now download and play the game on the iPad and iPhone, PopCap announced today. PopCap said the new game is available as a free download from Apple's iTunes store. Bookworm Heroes...

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

BevyUp Looks To Make Shopping More Social

Are you someone who looks to your friends and family to help decide what to buy online? A new, Seattle startup, BevyUp launched today, saying that it has launched a cloud service for retailers to let consumers browse and buy products togeth...

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Bing Ties Directly Into Pinterest

Bing, the online search engine which is part of Microsoft, is continuing to tie into third party services, this time linking up with social media site Pinterest. Bing said today that it now lets users of Bing image search directly "Pin" pho...

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bing Adds Klout Scores

Search engine Bing said this morning that it has ramped up its partnership with Klout, the startup which operates a service which measures the social influence of people on the web. According to Bing, it is now including Klout scores to the...

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chirpify Launches Payments For Facebook

Portland-based Chirpify, the developer of in-stream purchasing software for Twitter and other social sites, has debuted its payment system for Facebook, the firm said Tuesday. The startup, led by Chris Teso, lets businesses, non-profits, an...

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bing Backs Sonar

Sonar, a New York-based developer of mobile, social networking applications, is the latest firm to gain backing from Microsoft's Bing Fund, the company's seed investment and incubation effort. According to Bing, Sonar will be part of the Bi...

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

LiveMocha Lands $240K In Funding

Bellevue-based online language learning site LiveMocha has raised $240,000 in new funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. Details on the funding have not been announced by the company. The filing indicates the funding c...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Celly Gets $1.4M For Mobile, Social Networking Tool

Portland-based mobile, social networking tool developer Celly announced this morning that it has raised $1.4M in a funding round, to power its service for allowing groups to create their own, mobile social networks focused on families, scho...

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

NextDoor Finds New Funding

Nextdoor, the online, neighborhood-focused social networking site backed by such local investors as Rich Barton, has raised $21.6M in a new funding, the firm said today. The San Francisco company said the funding was led by Greylock Partner...

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Blab Pulls Up $1.5M For Decoding Social Conversations

Blab, a new Seattle startup focused on applying big data to online, social conversations, said Thursdya that it has raised $1.5M in a funding round. The firm said the funding was led by Barry X Lynn, and also included other angels. The firm...

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

PopCap Games Debuts Murder Mystery Game On Facebook

Seattle-based PopCap Games said today that it has debuted a new Facebook game, called Hidden Agenda, into beta. The new game is a hidden object game revolving around a murder mystery. The firm said that it plans a mainstream launch of the t...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Simply Measured Finds $8M

Seattle-based Simply Measured, the social media and web analytics software developer headed by Adam Schoenfeld, has pulled in $8M in a new funding round, the firm announced today. The company said its Series B funding came from Bessemer Ven...

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Bing Gets (Even More) Social With Update

Bing, the search engine site owned by Microsoft, has gotten even more social, saying this week that it has expanded the search results it pulls from Facebook's social networking service. The firm, which has already been incorporating some d...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lockerz Cuts Staff, Offices

Seattle-based social marketing firm Lockerz is shutting down its office in San Diego, and has laid off around 30 percent of its Seattle staff, according to the firm. According to the company, the move came to "realigning our organizational ...

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Redfin Collections Let You Collect Real Estate Photos

Seattle-based Redfin said Wednesday that it has launched a new feature called Redfin Collections, which lets users share listing photos with their friends, real estate agents, and real estate aficianados. The new feature--which looks to be ...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Bing Rolls Social Results Out On iPad

Bing announced this morning that it has rolled out its social sidebar feature on the iPad, when using the search engine on Safari on iPad. The feature--which has been available on Bing's website since last week--makes it easier for users of...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

schoolFeed Piles Up Digitized Yearbooks

Seattle-based schoolFeed, the social networking application for Facebook run by Seattle-based Classmates, said today that it now has over 160,000 digitized yearbooks loaded into the service. The app lets users connect with other people in t...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Favery Partners With Maternity Brand

Portland-based Favery, an online site which helps users gather fashion and other feedback from their friends in a highly visual way, said it has tied with maternity guru Rosie Pope. Favery .said it will feature Rosie Pope Maternity content,...

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Radio Runt Gets $1M For Social Tools

Seattle-based Radio Runt, the developer of a mobile app called Rallee, said today that it has raised $1M in a funding round. The firm said the funding came from Kenges Rakishev, a wealthy investor from Kazakhstan. Rallee said it is launchin...

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Amazon Game Studios Debuts First Social/Mobile Game, Air Patriots

Amazon Game Studios, the newly launched videogame development venture from Amazon, has unveiled its first game today, Air Patriots, which the firm said runs on both Android and iOS platforms. The new social and mobile game is free, and revo...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Buck Takes On Social Shopping

Buck, a new social shopping service, has launched out of what was Seattle's Billing Revolution, saying today that it has launched a curated, social shopping platform to help consuemrs discover, share, and buy products. Buck's site takes a c...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Big Fish Bets On New Gambling App

Seattle-based game maker Big Fish said late Monday that it has launched its real money, betting game in the United Kingdom. Big Fish said its new app, Big Fish Casino UK, allows users to make bets with real money while playing the iOS game....

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Boosts School Networking Startup

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has boosted its investment in Inigral, a startup developing Facebook, iPhone, and Android apps which help universities engage with admitted students, Inigral said Thursday. Inigral said it raised $3.25M i...

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Lockerz Gets $7.5M

Seattle-based social shopping service Lockerz has raised another $7.5M in funding, as part of an ongoing, $9.6M funding effort for the company, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. The filing looks to be a convertible debt round. L...

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Friday, October 5, 2012

ShopIgniter Updates Social Media Marketing Product

Portland-based ShopIgniter, which develops software to help brands promote and sell their products online, said yesterday that it has launched a new version of its flagship product. The company said the new product, Igniter 4.0, includes fe...

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Microsoft Integrates Klout Into Bing, Makes Investment

Microsoft has integrated social influence tracking firm Klout into its search engine, Bing, and also made a strategic investment in Klout as a part of the deal. Klout announced the move Thursday afternoon. Bing is now including Klout's scor...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

cyPOP Launches Online Community Centered On Interests

Are you interested in connecting with other people who share your interests? A new Seattle startup, cyPOP, said Tuesday that it is looking to help people share, explore, and discuss similar interest through its new service. The startup-- f...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Familiar Gets $1.3M For Digital Photo App

Seattle-based Familiar, which develops an app which turns your Mac, PC, iPad, or Android phone into a digital photo frame, has raised $1.3M in a funding round, the firm said this morning. The funding came from Greylock Partners, Redpoint ...

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Wishpot Acquired By Lockerz

Seattle-based Wishpot, the online social shopping and gift list site founded by Max Ciccotosto, has been acquired by Lockerz, the firm disclosed yesterday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Wishpot was venture backed by Monster...

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Maveron-backed Swaylo Acquired By Facebook

A San Francisco-based startup, Swaylo which is backed by Maveron Capital, has been acquired by social networking giant Facebook. Threadsy, the firm behind Swaylo, said in a blog post over the weekend that it will become part of Facebook, bu...

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Big Fish Casino Offers Real Gambling Via Mobile

Big Fish Games has moved into a new territory with its release yesterday of a new game, Big Fish Casino, which offers real, casino gambling via iPhone, Facebook, and Android, both on Google Play and Amazon. Big Fish said it was tying with r...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ant's Eye View Acquired By PwC

Ant's Eye View, a social media consultancy which has offices in Seattle, San Jose, and Austin, has been acquired by accounting and auditing giant PwC. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. PwC said that Ant's Eye View will join PwC...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Amazon Unveils Social Games Studio

Amazon.com is making a move into the social games world with the launch of a new game studio, Amazon Game Studio, the company unveiled Monday. Amazon said it has launched a new, social game, called Living Classics, and detailed its social g...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bing Tags Friends On Facebook

In a further integration of search engine Bing with social networking site Facebook, Bing said last night that it will now allow users to tag their Facebook friends when they share a search. Bing said that users can "Tag" their friends when...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Barton's Nextdoor Gets $18.6M In Funding

Nextdoor, the online private social networking site geared around connecting people with their neighbors, and which is backed by Zillow's Rich Barton, has scored a big funding round, the firm said today. Nextdoor said it has raised $18.6M -...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Z2Live Names Fasulo CEO

Seattle-based mobile and social games developer Z2Live said Monday that it has named Lou Fasulo as its new CEO. Fasulo, who was COO, replaces co-founder David Bluhm, who becomes Chairman of the company. Z2Live said that Fasulo oversaw launc...

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Friday, June 15, 2012

PopCap Pulls Bejeweled Blitz From Google+

Seattle-based casual games maker PopCap has pulled its popular Bejeweled Blitz title from Google+, the social networking effort run by Google, saying that it has decided to suspend the title to "redeploy" its resources to other efforts. The...

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Friday, June 15, 2012

PopCap Pulls Bejeweled Blitz From Google+

Seattle-based casual games maker PopCap has pulled its popular Bejeweled Blitz title from Google+, the social networking effort run by Google, saying that it has decided to suspend the title to "redeploy" its resources to other efforts. The...

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Buzz Monkey Acquired By Zynga

Eugene, Oregon-based Buzz Monkey, a developer of videogames, has been acquired by social games maker Zynga, according to reports. Details of the acquisition have not yet been announced by the companies. Buzz Monkey was founded by Randy Thom...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

GameHouse Names New Operations VP

Seattle-based GameHouse, the gaming arm of RealNetworks, said Tuesday that it has named a new Vice President of Operations. GameHouse said that Keela Robison is joining the company to oversee its mobile and downloadable games business. Robi...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Medify Acquired By Alliance Health

Seattle-based Medify, which operates an online site which allows users to learn more about health conditions via the experiences of other patients, has been acquired by healthcare social networking provider Alliance Health Networks. Financi...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

ShopIgniter Wins Omaha Steaks

Portland-based ShopIgniter, the developer of social commerce software used by retailers to generate revenue through social networks, has scored a win with Omaha Steaks. ShopIgniter said it is powering the new Omaha Steaks Facebook store, wh...

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Fledge Takes On Socially Conscious Startup Incubation

Looking to apply the startup accelerator models pioneered by TechStars and YCombinator to socially conscious companies, Seattle-based Fledge said this week that it has launched a new incubator/accelerator aimed at fostering "conscious" comp...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

ReadyPulse Spins Out Of Moxie With Funding, CEO

Bellevue-based ReadyPulse, a developer of tools to help companies find brand advocates through social media, has raised an initial round of funding, and appointed a CEO, the company said Tuesday. The firm--a spinout of Moxie Software--did n...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Crowd Factory Acquired By Marketo

Portland-based Crowd Factory, which develops software for managing social marketing campaigns and word-of-mouth marketing efforts, has been acquired by Marketo, a developer of marketing automation tools, the firms said today. Financial term...

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Facebook Grows To 90 In Seattle

Facebook's small Seattle office is not so small anymore, after a move to a new, larger office on Minor Ave. The social networking firm--which had less than a handful of employees in Seattle a year ago--now reports it now has over 90 employe...

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Gist Updates BlackBerry App

Seattle-based Gist, the developer of contact management software which is headed by T.A. McCann, is apparently still hard at work after being acquired just over a year ago by Research And Motion. The company said today that it has launched ...

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Visible Technologies Acquires Cymfony

Bellevue-based Visible Technologies said Friday morning that it has agreed to acquire Cymfony, a social media analytics software firm. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to the companies, Richard Pasewark, the ...

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Crowdverb Acquired By Direct Impact

Seattle-based Crowdverb, a provider of service that use the social web and other technology to influence political campaigns, legislation, and products, has been acquired by Direct Impact, a Washington, D.C. based grassroots advocacy firm s...

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

OpConnect Connects EV Charging Systems To Social Media

Portland-based OpConnect, a developer of electric vehicle charging systems, said today that it has launched a new product which connects its chargers with social media service like Facebook. The firm said the new product--its "Wireless Vale...

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

BigDoor Raises $5M

Seattle-based BigDoor, the developer of website gamification tools, said today that it has raised $5M in a new round of funding. The round was led by Foundry Group, an existing investor in the company. BigDoor develops software which makes ...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

ReadyPulse Takes On Social Marketing

Bellevue-based ReadyPulse, a developer of loyalty and social marketing tools aimed at brands, said Tuesday that it has launched a platform aimed at connecting social marketers with brand advocates and champions. The startup, founded by Srin...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Banyan Branch Launches Media Buying Practice

Seattle-based Banyan Branch, the venture backed social media agency which pulled in a Series A $1.7M funding round in October, announced Tuesday that it has launched a new, media buying practice. The firm said the practice will help provide...

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Big Fish Games Buys Self Aware Games

Seattle-based Big Fish Games said Tuesday that it has acquired Self Aware Games, along with its parent firm Social Concepts. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Self Aware is maker of mobile games such as Card Ace: Casino; Fleck ...

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

PopCap Launches Solitaire Blitz

Seattle-based PopCap Games has launched another, social Facebook game, the firm said this morning, called Solitaire Blitz. The new game is a timed, 60-second solitaire game which pits users against their friends in a "treasure hunt". The fi...

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Z2Live Buys Big Sandwich Games

Seattle-based Z2Live, the developer of mobile and social games, announced today that it has acquired Big Sandwich Games, a game development studio based in Vancouver, BC. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Z2Live said that Big S...

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Buteeq Raises $2M

Seattle-based Buteeq, the startup providing social marketing and web site management to hotels, has raised $2M in funding from a number of angel investors. Buteeq's service provide online, mobile, and social features to help hotels -- parti...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

MSN Gets Trendy With msnNOW

Redmond-based Microsoft has jumped onto the trend of surfacing news based on social buzz and popularity with a new service, msnNow, which it launched this week. The new service tracks the most popular topics and news articles in real time, ...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

PopCap Launches Facebook Solitaire Title

Seattle-based PopCap Games announced this morning that it has launched a new Facebook title. The firm said its Solitaire Blitz is a new, original card game offering an "underwater experience" and social features. The firm said the title is ...

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Zillow Gets Social With Facebook

Seattle-based real estate site Zillow has added more social features to the site, saying today that it has launched a new, social service called Neighborhood Advice. The new feature allows buyers and renters to ask their Facebook friends fo...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Vizify Gets $1.2M

Portland-based Vizify, which is working on a service it says will create a highly visual, interactive profile of users based on their social media usage, has raised $1.2M in a seed funding round. The round included Jonathan Sposato (Picnik)...

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

GameHouse Expands In Canada

GameHouse, the gaming division of Seattle-based RealNetworks, said last week that it is expanding in Victoria, BC, with a new social game studio. GameHouse said it expects to double its staff in the location, to at least 45 people by the en...

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ignition Funds Keas

Bellevue-based Ignition Partners has co-led a funding in a developer of social games, aimed at boosting employee wellness. According to Keas, it raised $6.5M in a Series B funding, led by Atlas Ventures and Ignition Partners, which will go ...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jive Rises In IPO

Jive Software, the maker of social networking software for businesses which started in Portland, had a great debut on the NASDAQ Global Market this morning, trading as high as $16.50 in morning trading. The firm priced at $12.00 last night,...

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Jive Prices IPO

Jive Software, the developer of social networking software for business which has its roots in Portland, has priced its IPO at $12.00 per share, above its initial, $8 to $10 per share range. Jive Software will start trading Tuesday on the N...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jive Software Sets Range For IPO

Jive Software, which develops social networking software for businesses, and which has its roots and develops its software in Portland, has set its anticipated IPO pricing range, as the firm gears up for going public. The firm said in an up...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Blue Rooster Launches Business Collaboration Product

Seattle-based Blue Rooster, a provider of information technology consulting services, said today that it has launched a new, social enterprise collaboration product called 'Sepulveda'. The firm said it has create a "social enterprise soluti...

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

SEOmoz Adds Social Analytics

Seattle-based SEOmoz, the developer of search engine optimization tools, said today that it has added social analytics capabilities to its suite of software. The firm--which is headed by Rand Fishkin--said its social analytics features allo...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

RealNetworks Makes RealPlayer More Social

Seattle-based RealNetworks has enhanced its RealPlayer media player, saying today that it has added a number of social features connecting the software to Facebook. According to RealNetworks, its new RealPlayer now automatically collects Fa...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

ShopIgniter Names Marketing Chief

Portland-based ShopIgniter, the developer of e-commerce and social commerce software, said Tuesday that it has named Kevin Tate as its Chief Marketing Officer. Tate joins the firm from Dachis Group, where he was Vice President of Business D...

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Pelago Gets To An IPO, Via Groupon

What do former stockholders and employees of Pelago, the former developer of the mobile social networking application Whrrl, have to cheer about this weekend? It turns out that at least part of the sale price of Pelago to Groupon back in Ap...

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Microsoft Ramps Sustainability Efforts After Shareholder Pressure

Redmond-based Microsoft Corp. said today that it has launched a new effort, which will require annual sustainability reports from its vendors, after pressure from a shareholder activist. Microsoft Corp. said that, starting in 2013, it will ...

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wishpot Takes On Travel Deals

Seattle-based Wishpot, the online social shopping site headed by Max Ciccotosto, is expanding into travel today, saying it has launched a new Travel Channel and accompanying travel deals on the site. Wishpot said the new travel deals come v...

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Spring Creek Group Acquired By Mediabrands

Seattle-based social media agency Spring Creek Group said Wednesday that it has been acquired by Mediabrands. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Spring Creek Group was founded and headed by Clay McDaniel, who previously been at ...

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Banyan Branch Finds $1.7M

Seattle-based Banyan Branch, a provider of social media marketing services, said this morning that it has raised $1.7M in a growth funding round. The funding came from Bob Gay (Huntsman Gay Global Capital), Bill Bryant (Draper Fisher Jurvet...

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Visible Technologies Adds $4M

Bellevue-based Visible Technologies said this morning that it has added $4M in funding for the firm, from existing investors Investor Growth Capital, Ignition Partners, and Joe Grano. According to the firm, the funding will go to expand opp...

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bobber Interactive Raises $1.4M

Seattle-based Bobber Interactive, a developer of financial games and savings products aimed at young adults, has raised $1.4M in a Series A funding round, the firm has announced. The firm said the round was led by PEAK6 Investments, as well...

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

SEOmoz Gears Up For Social Analytics Features

Seattle-based SEOmoz, the search engine optimization outfit run by Rand Fishkin, said last night that it is gearing up for a launch of a new, social analytics feature in its PRO Web App. According to Fishkin, it is gearing up to allow a 1,0...

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rhapsody Gets More Social, Revamps Interface

Seattle-based music service Rhapsody has revamped its interface, adding a number of social features and integrations. Rhapsody said that starting today, it will allow its members to create profiles, to show what music they have been listeni...

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

BigDoor Buys OneTrueFan

Seattle-based BigDoor, the developer of online "gamification" software, which allows websites to add badges, awards, and other social gaming features, has acquired OneTrueFan, a San Francisco developer of social media widgets. Financial ter...

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Smilebox Launches iPhone App

Redmond-based Smilebox, the social photo sharing site which is now owned by IncrediMail, said Thursday that it has launched a new iPhone application. According to Smilebox, the new app, Smilebox for iPhone, is free, and lets people add stic...

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Blade Games Releases 3D Game Creation Site

Bellevue-based Blade Games World, the online social game maker headed by Virl Hill, said Thursday that it has launched a limited beta release of Jumala, the firm's free gaming destination focused on creating 3D games. Jumala allows users to...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Jive Software Files For IPO

Jive Software, the developer of enterprise social networking software whose roots and development center is in Portland, has filed for an IPO. According to an S-1 filing by Jive Wednesday afternoon, it is looking to raise up to $100M in an ...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

ShopIgniter Partners With Social Marketing Firm

Portland-based ShopIgniter, the social commerce software developer headed by Matt Compton, said Tuesday that it has partnered with social marketing firm Involver. The two said that they will deliver a product which will help business manage...

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bing Launches New Social App

Microsoft's Bing said Thursday that it has released a new, social app for the Windows Phone called "We're In", targeted at helping people organize activities with friends. Bing said the new app is geared at organizing get-togethers, carpool...

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jive Looks Towards IPO, Hires Bankers

Jive Software, the maker of enterprise social networking tools, is prepping for an IPO, and has hired four investment banking firms to manage the offering, according to Bloomberg. Citing un-named sources close to the firm, Bloomberg said J...

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lockerz Lands Deal With EMI, Opens Site

Seattle-based Lockerz, the social commerce site backed by Liberty Media, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, DAG Ventures, and Live Nation, said Wednesday that it has opened up the site to non-members, and also tied in a deal with EMI. In the...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lockerz Raises $36M

Seattle-based Lockerz, the social advertising firm headed by Kathy Savitt, said today that it has raised $36M in a Series C funding round. The round was led by DAG Ventures, and also included Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Live nation...

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

ChoozOn Gets $3.2M For Deal Discovery

Bellevue-based ChoozOn, an online startup focused on deal discovery and social shopping, said today that it has raised $3.2M in a Series A angel funding. According to the firm, the round was led by Michael Orsak of Worldview Technology Part...

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Simply Measured Gathers $750K

Seattle-based Simply Measured, the formerly known as Untitled Startup Inc., has raised $750,000 in a new round of funding, according to a regulatory filing form the firm. The funding came from Founders Co-Op and MHS Capital. The firm was co...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hivemyne Acquires AskMe In Buyout

Seattle-based Hivemyne, a new startup focused on social business products, said yesterday that it has acquired AskMe, the former Seattle startup developer of social business software, from parent firm Realcom. Realcom acquired AskMe in 2008...

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lockerz Buys AddToAny

Seattle-based Lockerz, the Liberty Media and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers-backed social marketing and shopping service, said today that it has acuqired AddToAny, a developer of social sharing services. Financial details of the acquisiti...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

TripAdvisor Acquires Where I've Been

TripAdvisor, the online travel information and reviews site owned by Bellevue-based Expedia, said today that it has acquired Where I've Been, LLC, an online travel site based in Chicago. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Unsocial Kicks Off Fundraising Effort

Kirkland-based Unsocial, a location-based, networking service for business professionals, has kicked off a new, fundraising effort aimed at netting the firm around $760,000, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Friday. No details ...

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wishpot Rolls E-commerce Software

Seattle-based Wishpot, the online gift tracking and social shopping service, said today that it has launched a new product, Venpop, a new social e-commerce software platform. According to the firm, the new Venpop product provides Facebook a...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Glympse Finds $7.5M

Redmond-based Glympse, which develops a location sharing application, said today that it has raised $7.5M in a series B funding round. The round was led by Menlo Ventures and Ignition Partners. The firm said the funding will go towards grow...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bing Makes Mobile Site More Social

Bing has updated its mobile browser site, m.bing.com, the search engine said Wednesday afternoon, adding a number of social features to the site. According to Bing it now makes it easier to share items via Facebook, find news headlines, vie...

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Faves Returns From The Grave

Seattle-based Faves.com, the social bookmarking service and site, is returning from the grave, and will be returning into service soon, according to a blog post late Friday by CEO Mike Koss. The firm--which had announced in May that it woul...

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Avvo Bolsters Social Features

Seattle-based Avvo, which operates online directories of lawyers and doctors, said today that it has bolstered its social media features. According to the firm, it has added new social media features to allow doctors to share their actions ...

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Redfin Gets More Social With User Photos

Seattle-based Redfin said today that it has added new photos to profiles on the site. The real estate site said that it will ask users to add photos when they create an account, register for an alert, sign up for a tour, ask about a website...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ShopIgniter Raises $8M

Portland-based Shopigniter, which develops social commerce software to help companies sell products via Facebook and other social channels, has raised $8M in funding. The new funding round came from Trinity Ventures and Madrona Venture Grou...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

OffiSync Acquired By Jive Software

Seattle-based OffiSync, a developer of social business integration applications, has been acquired by Jive Software, Jive announced Monday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. OffiSync has headquarters in Seattle, but most of its...

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Faves.com Shuts Down, Looks For Buyer

Seattle-based Faves.com, the operator of an online social bookmarking and discovery service, told its users Wednesday that it is shutting down the site "within a matter of days." In a post from Mike Koss, the firm's CEO, the site said that ...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lockerz Launches New Web Series

Seattle-based Lockerz, the social shopping and commerce site backed by Liberty Media Corporation and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, said Tuesday that it has launched a new, original content series called "Marcy". The series is its third,...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bing Tightens Facebook Ties

Redmond-based search engine Bing has tightened up its ties to Facebook, saying Monday that it has enhanced the personalized search results its provides with additional information from Facebook. According to Bing, it is now using the "Like"...

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Zillow Adds Facebook Tabs For Agents

Seattle-based Zillow told its real estate agent users today that it is now offering Facebook Tabs for agents using its free web tools. The new tabs add information into Facebook for agents, including listings, local information, contact inf...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Second Porch Acquired By HomeAway

Portland-based Second Porch, a developer of software being used to market vacation home rentals through Facebook, has been acquired by vacation rentals site HomeAway. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. HomeAway said Second Por...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

BuzzLabs Acquired By CityGrid Media

Seattle-based BuzzLabs, the developer of social media monitoring and analytics software, has been acquired by CityGrid Media, a unit of IAC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. BuzzLabs, which was founded by former Microsoft emp...

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Friday, April 29, 2011

PopCap Buys ZipZapPlay

Seattle-based PopCap Games said today that it has acquired ZipZapPlay, a developer of social games. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. ZipZapPlay makes the social games Baking Life and Happy Habitat. ...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Decide.com Gets $6M

Seattle-based Decide.com has scored $6M in a Series B funding, the firm said today. The firm, which is developing a consumer electronics shopping service, said the funding was led by Maveron, and also included Madrona Venture Group and ange...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bezos Gets Exit At Social Gaming Network

Jeff Bezos is having a very busy exit week for his portfolio companies, via his Bezos Expeditions venture investments arm. According to a report today, one of his investments--Social Gaming Network, based in Silicon Valley--has just been ac...

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Whrrl Creator Pelago Acquired By Groupon

Seattle-based Pelago, the firm behind mobile social networking software service Whrrl, has been acquired by Groupon. Pelago announced the acquisition on Monday afternoon. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Pelago was venture bac...

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Jive Acquires Proximal Labs

Jive Software, the developer of social networking software which started in Portland, said today that it has acquired Proximal Labs, a developer of data mining and intelligence software used to improve online communities. Financial terms of...

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Zynga Opens Seattle Office

Fast growing social games maker Zynga has officially opened up its Seattle offices, with a reception Tuesday night with Zynga CEO Mark Pincus. The game maker--known for such Facebook games as Farmville and Mafia Wars--is looking to tap into...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lockerz Lands $30M

Seattle-based Lockerz, the social commerce and marketing firm headed by Kathy Savitt, has raised $30M in a new funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. The funding is part of an ongoing $45M fundraising effort for ...

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Visible Technologies Scores $6M

Bellevue-based Visible Technologies, which develops services for social media brand monitoring, said today that it has raised $6M in a new funding round. The round came from current investors Investor Growth Capital (IGC), Centurion Holding...

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Bing Adds More Twitter, Facebook Links

Search engine Bing added two new social features over the weekend, deepening links with social media sites Twiter and Facebook. Among the additions are the integration of Twitter data into Bing news, which now features the latest updates fr...

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Whrrl Enhances Recommendations

Seattle-based Pelago, the maker of the Whrrl mobile social networking application, said today at SXSW that it has launched an "anti-search" technology which recommends activities, ideas, and places, based on a user's check-ins, social graph...

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ignition Boosts Topsy

Seattle-based Ignition Partners has re-upped its investment in real time, social search service Topsy. According to Topsy, which is based in San Francisco, it has raised $15M in a Series C funding round. That round included prior backers Bl...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Whrrl Dangles Prizes at SXSW

Mobile social networking service Whrrl, which is operated by Seattle-based Pelago, said Tuesday that it has over $125,000 in prizes it is giving away at the SXSW event in Austin, Texas this week. According to Whrrl, the prizes include two c...

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Zynga Snags Evri's Roseman As VP In Seattle

Social gaming firm Zynga has bolstered its new Seattle offices, hiring away Neil Roseman, the former CEO of Evri, to lead its engineering and product development office here, according to a story at BusinessWeek. Roseman has previously serv...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Classmates Becomes MemoryLane.com

Seattle-based ClassMates Online, the unit of United Online which provided a way for people to connect with high school classmates, has transformed itself into MemoryLane.com, a website focused on nostalgic content, United Onlines announced ...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CupidsPlay.com Applies Social Games To Dating

Bellevue-based CupidsPlay said today that it has launched a new, dating website which combines online dating with social games. The firm, which said it also received seed funding from venture capital investor Clearstone Ventures, says is it...

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

HipCricket Extends To Facebook

Kirkland-based mobile marketing and advertising firm Hipcricket reports today that it has extended its platform into Facebook. The firm said that it has integrated Facebook Pages with mobile marketing campaigns, allowing advertisers to capt...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Lockerz Launches Android App

Seattle-based Lockerz, the provider of social commerce services and software which is backed by Liberty Media and Kleiner Perkins, said Friday that it has launched a new mobile application for Android. The firm said it has launched an Andro...

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Whrrl Partners With FunnyorDie.com

Seattle-based Pelago, maker of the Whrrl mobile social networking and checkin software, said yesterday that it has inked a partnership with FunnyorDie.com, the online humor video site started by Will Ferrell. According to Whrrl, it will be ...

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Backs Education Software Firm

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has put $2M into a Silicon Valley, social networking and education firm Inigral, the firm said today, as part of a $4M, series B funding round. According to Inigral, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in...

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Lockerz Launches Web Series

Seattle-based Lockerz, the social commerce site backed by Liberty Media and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, said Friday afternoon that it has launched a new, original web series on its site. The firm said it has launched a new series call...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Drugstore.com Launches Facebook Store

Bellevue-based Drugstore.com has launched a new Facebook store, according to social shopping provider Adgregate Markets. According to Adgregate, Drugstore.com has tapped the firm's ShopFans social shopping software to enable shopping on Dru...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Crowd Factory Raises $6.5M

Crowd Factory, a provider of social marketing applications which has its roots in Portland, announced today that it has raised $6.5M in funding. The firm, which is now based in San Francisco, said the funding was led by Storm Ventures and a...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

ShopIgniter Wins Trail Blazers

Portland-based ShopIgniter, the online social ecommerce firm backed by Madrona Ventures, said today that the Portland Trail Blazers are using the firm's technology to power a Facebook Store and for social promotions. Financial details of th...

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Whrrl Signs UPS Store

Seattle-based Pelago, the makers of the Whrrl mobile social networking and check-in software, said this week that it has partnered with The UPS Store. According to Pelago, the two have inked a deal which will give users a chance to win a $1...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

buuteeq Launches Online Marketing Service For Hotels

Seattle-based buuteeq, a new startup focused on social marketing and web site management services for hotels, said this morning that it has launched its services. According to the firm, headed by Adam Brownstein, buteeq provides a web-based...

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Friday, January 14, 2011

ShopIgniter Trumpets Growth

Portland-based ShopIgniter, a developer of software to help companies promote themselves through social networks, said earlier this week that it saw a "record year" for growth at the firm. The firm said it had a 190 percent increase in reve...

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Whrrl Launches New Year's Contest

Seattle-based Pelago, the operator of the Whrrl mobile social networking service, said this week that it has launched a new contest to help its users stick to New Year's resolutions. The firm said it is giving out more than $500 in prizes--...

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Friday, December 10, 2010

SPARQcode Takes On QR Codes For Local Businesses

Seattle-based SPARQcode is looking to help small business owners jump on the social media bandwagon, the firm said this week, by making it easy for those companies to generate 2 dimensional barcodes which link to a firm's Facebook, Twitter,...

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Lockerz Debuts Web Series

Seattle-based social networking and commerce firm Lockerz said over the weekend that it has launched a new, original content series on its site, called "Kill Spin". The firm said the original content is aimed at making it the "homepage of G...

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Valuevine Finds Funding

Snoqualmie, Wash.-based Valuevine, a developer of social media and location-based marketing software for brands, said Tuesday that it has raised a new round of investment. Amount of the funding was not disclosed, however, a recent regulator...

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

PopCap Ties With TAITO On Japanese Game Service

Seattle-based PopCap Games, the developer of casual and social game titles, said today that it has inked a deal with Japanese firm TAITO Corporation, to launch a new dedicated, mobile social game service in Japan. The companies said the new...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Janrain Wins Ning

Portland-based Janrain, the developer of software used to manage single sign-on of users into online services, has been selected by social networking site Ning, Ning said Wednesday. Ning said it will use Janrain to add the ability to add s...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lockerz Claims 17.5M Members

Seattle-based Lockerz, the startup developing a socially driven shopping service, said today that it has officially launched its service to its 17.5 million members. The firm develops what it calls a "social commerce" service which allows m...

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Whrrl Inks Deal With USA WEEKEND

Seattle-based Pelago, maker of the Whrrl mobile social networking and check-in software, said today that it is in a partnership with Gannett's USA WEEKEND. Pelago said today that it is launching an in-store, mobile shopper marketing program...

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Bing Tweaks Social Features

Online search engine Bing, which is run by Microsoft, announced today that it has tweaked its deployment of new social search features. According to Bing, it has modified the new social features which it announced in October in a partnershi...

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Visible Technologies Targets Social Web With New Platform

Bellevue-based Visible Technologies, the developer of software-as-a-service for monitoring Internet brand reputation, said today that it is developing a next-generation platform aimed at the social web and social media. The firm said its ne...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Whrrl In Promo With Murphy USA, Due Date

Seattle-based Pelago, the maker of the Whrrl mobile social networking services, has inked a deal with gas station operator Murphy USA to promote the upcoming film Due Date. According to Whrrl, Murphy USA--which colocates with Walmart nation...

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Lockerz Announces Social Commerce Platform

Seattle-based Lockerz has rolled out what it calls a "social commerce" platform, which it describes as a hybrid of e-commerce and social networking. The firm, which is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Liberty Media, said its n...

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Amazon Backs New $250M Kleiner Perkins Social Fund

Amazon.com is backing a new, $250M investment fund from venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers today, as a major investor. According to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, it has established the $250M fund to specifically invest in ent...

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

ShopIgniter Names Jive's Hersh To Board

Portland-based ShopIgniter said today that it has named Dave Hersh, CEO and Chairman of Jive Software to its board of directors. ShopIgniter, which makes e-commerce software which taps into social media and social networks, said Hersh's soc...

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Interview with Matt Compton, CEO of ShopIgniter.

For this morning's interview and profile, we thought we'd chat with Matt Compton, CEO of Portland-based ShopIgniter (www.shopigniter.com), a developer of social e-commerce software. We spoke with Matt about what the firm is all about. Wh...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Whrrl Launches Recommendations Feature

Seattle-based Pelago, the makers of the Whrrl mobile social networking software, said Wednesday that it has added a new, personalized recommendation feature to its service. According to Pelago, the new feature helps suggest places to go and...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bing, Facebook In Partnership

Microsoft's search engine, Bing.com said today that it has tied its search with social networking site Facebook. According to Bing, they are in a "significant expansion" of their partnership with Facebook, where Bing will start using Facebo...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Zynga Expands To Seattle

Social gaming firm Zynga, maker of the popular FarmVille and Mafia Wars social games on Facebook, is expanding into Seattle, according to recent job postings on its site plus widespread reports. Zynga has been in a major expansion, with ope...

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Whrrl Hits Android

Seattle-based Pelago, the makers of the Whrrl mobile social networking software and service, said Monday afternoon that it has launched its software for Android powered devices. Whrrl said the new software is available for download from the...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Plannr Shuts Down

Seattle-based online social calendar firm Plannr told its users last night, that the firm is shutting down the service. In a letter to users, the firm said it has "decided to put our time and efforts elsewhere" and have closed down the serv...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

ShopIgniter Looks Towards Holidays

Portland-based ecommerce software firm ShopIgniter, the Madrona-backed startup which provides e-commerce stores for Facebook and other social networking sites, said today that it has launched an effort aimed at holiday shoppping for retaile...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

ShopIgniter Looks Towards Holidays

Portland-based ecommerce software firm ShopIgniter, the Madrona-backed startup which provides e-commerce stores for Facebook and other social networking sites, said today that it has launched an effort aimed at holiday shoppping for retaile...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Peanut Labs Acquired By e-Rewards

Peanut Labs, an operator of an online market research and survey service targeted at social networking, social games, and online games sites, which has offices and operations in Seattle, has been acquired. According to Peanut Labs, it was a...

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Vote iQ Targets Grassroots Activists, Angry With Facebook

Looking to capitalize on a widespread flap over the banning of a page calling for the boycott of Target over its funding of anti-gay politicians, Gig Harbor, Washington-based Vote iQ, the operator of a social networking site focused on pol...

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

WildTangent Ties With MindJolt

Redmond-based WildTangent, a developer and publisher of casual games, said today that it has partnered with MindJolt, which offers up casual games to social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. According to WildTanget, it will offer ...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

RealNetworks Buys Backstage Technologies

Seattle-based RealNetworks said Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired Backstage Technologies, a Canadian firm developing social gaming software. According to RealNetworks, Backstage Technologies will become part of its GameHouse digital ga...

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Visible Technologies Powers Vail Resorts Social Network

Bellevue-based Visible Technologies, the provider of Internet brand and reputation management services backed by Ignition Partners, In-Q-Tel, Investor Growth Capital Ltd., and WPP, reported yesterday that it is powering some of the efforts ...

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wetpaint Launches Dedicated Show Channels

Seattle-based Wetpaint, the online wiki firm started by Ben Elowitz, is going full out on its focus on entertainment content, saying today that it has launched a new set of fifteen channels, dedicated to such shows as Glee, The Vampire Diar...

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Vote iQ Targets Politicians, Groups with Free Pages

Gig Harbor-based Vote iQ, a developer of social networking software for political social networking, said Wednesday that it is making its platform available for free, to any politician and group. According to the firm, it will now allow any...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Jambool Acquired by Google

Seattle- and San Francisco-based Jambool, a developer of social networking application development software, has been acquired by Google, the firm said late last week. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Jambool develops software...

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Lockerz Launches Internationally

Seattle-based Lockerz.com, an invitation-only, social shopping and commerce startup backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, said today that it has launched its Lockerz SHOP services in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Webtrends Buys Social Marketing Firm

Portland-based Webtrends, a provider of web analytics software, said today that it has acquired Transpond, a developer of social marketing applications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to Webtrends, it is now immed...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

WildTangent Goes Social New New Online Games Service

Redmond-based WildTangent, the developer of applications for distributing videogame titles, said today that it has released a preview of a new online games service. The firm said the new service ties into social networking sites and connect...

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Jive, Fresh From HQ Move, Snags $30M More

Jive Software, the developer of enterprise social networking software, has made its first major move after transfering its headquarters from Portland--raising $30M in funding from Silicon Valley venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

PopCap Targets Zuma Blitz for Facebook

Seattle-based casual games developer PopCap Games said today that it is getting set to launch the firm's Zuma franchise as a free game on Facebook. PopCap said the new title, Zuma Blitz, will include a number of social features, including w...

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Imagekind Taps Wishpot To Tie Into Facebook

Seattle-based Imagekind, the provider of custom, framed photos and art which is now owned by Cafepress, told its users today that it has launched an application which allows users to create their own shops on Facebook. Imagekind said the ne...

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lockerz Launches With Backing From KPCB, Liberty Media

Seattle-based Lockerz.com, a new startup focused on social commerce, said today that it has officially launched, with backing from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Liberty Media. The firm said it is targeted at men and women between 13-...

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Whrrl Launches Rewards Program For Check-Ins

Seattle-based Pelago, the maker of the Whrrl mobile social networking service, said Thursday that it has launched a loyalty program where it will reward real-world prizes to people for checking into retail locations. The firm said that it h...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Whrrl Partners With Red Bull

Seattle-based Pelago, the maker of the Whrrl mobile social networking software, has inked a deal with beverage maker Red Bull, the company announced today. Pelago said that it has created an exclusive "Whrrl society" for Red Bull fans as pa...

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Vote iQ Targets Political Social Networking

Seattle-based Vote iQ, a new startup tackling the political social networking, said late Friday that it has launched a preview of its platform to users. The firm said it would help match voters with candidates who reflect their views, provi...

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Jive Moves HQ To Silicon Valley, Names Zingale Permanent CEO

Jive Software, the Portland-based maker of social networking software for businesses, said today that it has moved its headquarters to Palo Alto, California, and appointed interim CEO Tony Zingale as permanent CEO. According to Jive, the mo...

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Visible Technologies Expands In Europe

Bellevue-based Visible Technologies, a developer of social media monitoring tools, announced this morning that it has opened up a new office in London, to serve the EMEA market. According to the firm, the new office will serve top European ...

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Real Launches GameHouse

Seattle-based RealNetworks said today that it has launched a new effort, GameHouse Fusion, focused on social gaming. The firm said the new unit--a division of GameHouse, formerly RealGames--will focus on providing game developers with acces...

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Jive Integrates Filtrbox, Spins New Product

Portland-based Jive, a developer of social networking software for the enterprise, said Thursday that it has completed its integration of Filtrbox, which it recently purchased, and incorporated the product into its Jive Market Engagement pr...

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Microsoft Rolls Out Kin Phones

Redmond-based Microsoft said Monday that it has rolled out a two phones focused on the social networking set--the Kin One and Kin Two. According to Microsoft, the phones will be available exclusively through Verizon, and feature built-in so...

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Schakra Looks To Sync Social Media

Redmond-based Schakra, a new firm developing applications for synchronizing social networking status, said today it has launched a new application called GoGoStat Sync. The firm, which has links to Microsoft and development out of Hyderabad...

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Friday, April 9, 2010

DocuSign Launches On Salesforce.com

Seattle-based DocuSign, a provider of software-as-a-service for electronic signatures, said this week that it has launched its application on Salesforce.com's ChatterExchange product. ChatterExchange is a part of Salesforce.com's Force.com ...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Strings Connects Into Twitter

Bellevue-based Strings.com, a startup focused on tracking activity streams, said today that it has integrated the firm's services with Twitter. According to Strings, its service now allows users to track all of their past and future links, ...

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Friday, March 19, 2010

RealGames Names New Execs

Seattle-based RealGames, the game division of RealNetworks, announced this morning that it has appointed Wilf Russell as its Chief Technology Officer, and Jeffrey Revoy as its Vice President of Social Games. Revoy was most recently at Centu...

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pelago: Stop Playing Farmville

Seattle-based Pelago, the maker of the Whrrl mobile social networking software, is looking to dislodge users from playing Farmville, Mafia Wars, and other virtual games, saying today that it has launched its latest version of its Whrrl appl...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Offbeat Creations Acquired By Playdom

Bellevue, Washington-based Offbeat Creations, a developer of Facebook and other social media games, has been acquired by Playdom, Playdom said Wednesday afternoon. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Offbeat Creations was...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

thePlatform Rolls Social Media Player

Seattle-based thePlatform, a developer of video publishing tools, announced today that it has unveiled a new social media player. The firm said its new player allows companies to embed and share their online videos across social networks, v...

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Pelago Links With Rock History

Seattle-based Pelago, the venture backed firm behind the Whrrl mobile social networking software, has inked a partnership with the Seattle's Experience Music Project (EMP) and The Max's Kansas City Company, to add information about rock mus...

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Jive Collects Ideas With New Offering

Portland-based Jive Software is looking to help companies collect ideas, with a new part of its social networking software for businesses. According to Jive, its new Jive Ideation product allows its customers to gathering ideas from employe...

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Webtrends Adds Facebook Analytics

Portland-based web analytics software developer Webtrends said Thursday that it has added new Facebook analytics and measurement capabilities to its Webtrends Analytics software. Webtrends said that the new capability can be used to figure ...

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Swift Notion Acquired By Syncapse

Portland-based Swift Notion Software, LLC, a provider of customization, training, and development of Portland-based Jive Software's enterprise social networking products, has been acquired, according to Toronto-based Syncapse. Financial ter...

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Strings.com Takes On Activity Tracking

Bellevue-based Strings.com, a new online startup focused on activity streams, said today it will help consumers track, share, and discover content online with friends. The new site--headed by Edward Balassanian--said it will help users to c...

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Jive Names Zingale CEO

Portland-based Jive, a developer of social networking software for business, said Monday that it has named board member Tony Zingale as its new CEO. The firm said that current CEO Dave Hersh has become Chairman of the firm. Zingale will ser...

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Big Fish Games Launches Faunasphere On Facebook

Seattle-based Big Fish Games announced this morning that it has launched Faunasphere, its massively multiplayer online game, on Facebook. According to Big Fish, the new Facebook title links into the same virtual world as the firm's online, ...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Jive Wins Insurer Swiss Re

Portland-based Jive reported today that it has signed on Swiss Re, a major insurance firm, as a client. According to Jive, Swiss Re is using the firm's Jive Social Business Software (SBS) platform. Financial impact of the customer win was n...

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Jive Wins Toshiba

Portland-based Jive Software, which develops social networking software for businesses, said today that Toshiba America Business Solutions is using its software. Financial details of the win were not disclosed. Jive said that Toshiba has ov...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

AboutUs Buys Jyte

Portland-based AboutUs, an online wiki-style site which allows people to add information about web sites, has acquired Jyte, the firm said Wednesday afternoon. Jyte operates an online site which allows users to debate various opinions and s...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Visible Technologies Gets Big, $22M Funding Round

Bellevue-based Visible Technologies said today that it has scored a $22M, Series C funding round for the firm's social media monitoring software. According to Visible Technologies, the round was led by new investor Investor Growth Capital, ...

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

StepChange Acquired By Powered

Portland-based social media firm StepChange Group has been acquired by Powered, as part of a rollup deal along with social media agencies Drillteam and Crayon. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. StepChange said the firm ...

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Jive Claims Revenue Growth

Portland-based Jive Software, a developer of social networking software for businesses, said Monday that it had an increase in revenues of 85 percent over 2008. The firm--which did not disclose its financials--said it was cash flow positive...

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Jive Software Buys Filtrbox

Portland-based Jive Software, a developer of social networking software for businesses, said this morning that it has acquired Filtrbox, a Colorado-based developer of real-time, information monitoring services. Financial terms of the deal w...

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Microsoft Pits Students Against Social Challenges

Microsoft said today that it has launched its eighth annual U.S. Imagine Cup competition, which pits students 16 and over against a number of "challenging social issues". According to Microsoft, it will award $36,000 in prize money and a tr...

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Whrrl Adds Checkins

Seattle-based Pelago, the company which develops the Whrrl mobile social networking software, rolled out its newest released today, saying that it has added such features as social "check ins" to the software, as well as added "fun facts" a...

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Pelago Updates Whrrl

Seattle-based Pelago, maker of the mobile iPhone social networking application Whrrl, said Thursday that it has rolled out a new release of its software. The firm said Whrrl v2.3 includes a new feature which tracks where a person has been i...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Jive Expands In Bay Area

Portland-based Jive, a developer of social networking software for businesses, said it is expanding in the Bay Area today, and has opened up a new office in Palo Alto. The firm said its new office reflects "dramatic growth" and an increasin...

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Jive Signs Economics Organization

Portland-based Jive Software has snagged another customer of its business social networking software, the firm said today, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). Jive said that the OEDC is piloting the use of Jiv...

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

AppBank: 30,000 New Users

Seattle-based AppBank, a developer of tools which helps people create their own quizzes on Facebook, said today that it has added nearly 30,000 new users since its launch six weeks ago. The firm said its users are making up to a thousand do...

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Jive Raises $12M

Portland-based Jive, a developer of social networking software for businesses, said this morning that it has raised $12M in a Series B round of funding. The round came from Sequoia Capital, the firm's original backer. According to Jive, the...

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Pelago Ties With Social Media Firm

Seattle-based Pelago, the firm behind the Whrrl mobile social networking application, said Friday that it has inked an exclusive partnership with social media firm Collective Bias. The firm said the deal calls for its to product a co-brande...

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jive Ties Into SharePoint

Portland-based Jive said today that it is launching a new strategy to connect its business social networking software into third party, content management systems. As part of that strategy, the firm said it has created a new software module...

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Jive Powers Government Networking Site

Portland-based Jive reported last night that it has launched a social networking site for National Journal Group, targeted at members of Congress and their staff. Jive said it is powering 3121, a social collaboration site named after Capita...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Jive Claims Government Gains

Portland-based Jive Software, a developer of social networking software for companies, is claiming that it has seen a huge increase in the firm's adoption by Federal government customers. The firm claims that it has seen a 900% increase in ...

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Jive Targets Federal Government With New Reseller

Portland-based Jive Software is targeting its enterprise social networking software toward the Federal Government, saying today that it has inked a deal with Carahsoft Technology Corp., a GSA schedule IT solutions provider. Carahsoft is bas...

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Whrrl Speeds Up Software

Seattle-based Pelago, developer of the Whrrl mobile social networking application, has released an update to the firm's client software today, saying that the software is now searchable, faster, and easier to use. The firm said it has added...

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Jive Wins Toshiba

Porland-based Jive Software, a developer of social networking software for businesses, has scored a win with Toshiba America Business Solutions, the U.S. salses and marketing arm of Toshiba's copiers, facsimiles, and printer arm, Toshiba sa...

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

iLike Acquisition Confirmed

Social networking site MySpace confirmed it acquisition of Seattle's iLike Wednesday, without revealing any new information about the buy. MySpace said it acquired iLike, partly to bring "world class talent" into the company, and will be br...

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Jive Software Lands Lufthansa

Portland-based Jive Software, a developer of enterprise social networking tools, announced today that it has been selected by airline Lufthansa AG. Jive said that Lufthansa is using the firm's software for a company-wide, networking initiat...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Jambool Digs Up $5M For Social Gold

Jambool, a startup started by two ex-Amazon employees, said today that it has raised $5M in a financing round, for the firm's software for handling virtual goods and payments. The funding came from Madrona Venture Group and Bay Partners. Th...

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Report: MySpace Looking To Acquired iLike

A report today from TechCrunch reports that online social networking site MySpace is looking to acquire Seattle-based iLike. No details or confirmation of the deal have been announced by either company. TechCrunch puts the acquisition price...

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Strands Shuts Music Service

Corvallis, Oregon-based Strands, which develops social recommendation software, said Thursday afternoon that it has discontinued its MyStrands Music Service. Reason for the shutdown was not given, but the firm said it will continue to offer...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Cozi Wins Nestle

Seattle-based Cozi, which has developed an online service to help families track schedules and communications, said this morning that the firm has inked a deal with consumer brand Nestle to launch a co-branded version of its service. Accord...

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Shelfari Improves Search, Community Features

Seattle-based Shelfari, the book-focused social networking now owned by Amazon.com, told its users Monday that the site has improved its overall search experience, boosting its search speed and giving users such community features as allowi...

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Starbucks Targets Facebook Users With Ice Cream Giveaway

Seattle-based Starbucks is jumping into the social media space, saying Monday that it will give away 20,000 pints of Starbucks ice cream, each day, to people who add its Facebook application to their profile. According to Starbucks, from Ju...

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Jive Gets Win With Electronics Distributor

Portland-based Jive, a developer of enterprise social networking software, said today that it has been selected by electronics distributor Premier Farnell. Jive said that the firm will use it software to power a online community for electro...

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Strands Adds ING

Corvallis, Oregon-based Strands has scored another win in the personal finance market, saying yesterday that it has been selected by ING for their customers in the Netherlands. Strands, which operates a personal finance product used to moni...

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Livemocha Racks Up 3 Million Members

Seattle-based LiveMocha, an online site focused on helping users learn foreign languages, said Thursday that the firm has recently reached 3 million members. According to the firm, which is venture backed by Maveron, it now has members from...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Visible Revs Social Media Monitoring Software

Seattle-based Visible Technologies reports today that it has released a new version of its social media monitoring software, TruCast 2.8, which will allow its users to filter information in the service by country. The firm's service allows ...

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Wetpaint Ranks TV Shows

Seattle-based Wetpaint announced this morning that the firm has released a new tool which helps measure "online engagement" of users of popular TV programs. According to Wetpaint, it is using online sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google, and...

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Friday, June 19, 2009

CrowdEye Tackles Twitter Search

Seattle-based CrowdEye said yesterday that it has launched a new, real-time social search engine which tracks what people are saying on the popular, micro-messaging service Twitter. According to CrowdEye, its search results are built based ...

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Pelago Revs Whrrl

Seattle-based Pelago has released an update to its iPhone social networking application, Whrrl, saying today that it has made a new 2.1 version of the software available to users. The software--which allows iPhone users to share photos, com...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Jive Names Marketing Exec

Portland-based Jive, a developer of business collaboration and social networking tools, said today that it has named a new Chief Marketing Officer. According to Jive, it has hired on Ben Kiker to the position, where he will be responsible f...

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Faves Clamps Down On Spammers

Seattle-based Faves.com, the online social bookmarking service run by Mike Koss, is clamping down on spammers on the site. According to a blog post by Koss, the firm is now hand-picking users who will be allowed to post content to the firm'...

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Jive Targets Cloud With Express Offering

Portland-based Jive Software, a provider of collaboration and social networking tools for businesses, announced Monday that the firm has rolled out a cloud-powered version of its products, "Jive Express." The firm said it is tapping Amazon ...

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Konnects Names New President, COO

Tacoma-based Konnects, publisher of a social media platform for the newspaper industry, reported Wednesday that it has hired Jay Gallinatti as president and chief operating officer. Gallinatti, Konnects said, boasts more than a quarter cent...

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Picnik, Wetpaint Partner

Seattle-based Picnik and Wetpaint have teamed up, saying Monday that Wetpaint will incorporate Picnik's photo editing tools. According to the two, Picnik's tools will be available to Wetpaint user when they upload photos to Wetpaint's site....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

CarDomain Merges With StreetFire

Seattle-based CarDomain, a social networking and community site for automotive enthusiasts, said Wednesday that it has merged with fellow social networking site StreetFire. Financial terms of the merger were not disclosed....

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pelago Adds SMS, Eye-Fi Support

Seattle-based Pelago, maker of the Whrrl mobile social networking application, announced Thursday that the firm has added support for SMS and email to its service, along with inking a deal with digital camera card maker Eye-Fi. According to...

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Faves Moves To WowRack

Seattle-based Faves.com, which operates a social bookmarking service and site for sharing web pages with friends, said this weekend that the firm has moved its service to colocation services at Seattle-based Wowrack.com. Faves.com said the ...

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Jive Partners With Social Intelligence Firm

Portland-based Jive Software is in a partnership with a developer of social intelligence software, Networked Insights. According to the firms, Jive is using Networked Insights' technology to allow its clients to get a real-time view into co...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Jive Rolls Out Upgraded Social Software

Portland-based Jive Software announced this morning that it has upgraded the firm's enterprise social networking software, Jive SBS. The software was formerly known as Clearspace. According to Jive, the upgraded Jive SBS 3.0 software will b...

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Pelago Revs Whrrl Software

Seattle-based Pelago, the firm behind the mobile social networking software Whrrl , announced a beta of the firm's Whrrl v2.0 software last night, saying that it has upgraded its location-based software to allow users to share stories and p...

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Visible Technologies Hires New, Local CEO

Seattle-based Visible Technologies, a developer of social media software, announced Monday that it has hired on Dan Vetras as CEO of the firm. Current CEO Adam Selig becomes Divisional President of Strategic Alliances. Vetras was most recen...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Visible Technologies: 2008 A Good Year

Seattle-based Visible Technologies said Tuesday that the firm had what it described as "robust sales growth" in 2008, saying that its sales jumped "nearly 300%" in 2008 over 2007. The firm, which provides social media software used by brand...

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

FriendlyFavor Launches Social Site

Seattle-based FriendlyFavor has launched the company and a new site today, focused on helping people manage favors and requests from friends. According to the company, its new site is designed to complement social networks such as Facebook,...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wetpaint Hires Marketing Head

Seattle-based Wetpaint said today that it has hired on Rob Grady as the firm's new Senior Vice President of Marketing. Grady joins the firm from Starbucks, where he was most recently the firm's Vice President, Global Beverage. Wetpaint deve...

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Jive Software Lands Director, Hires Sales Leader

Jive Software, a publisher of social networking applications for businesses, reported Monday that it has added a new board member and completed its search for a senior vice president of worldwide sales. The Portland, Ore.-based firm introdu...

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Jive Gets Austrian Customer

Portland, Oregon-based Jive Software said Monday that the firm's products have been selected by an Austrian electric utility. Jive said that Bewag, an Austrian electric utility with over 1,000 employees, will use its Clearspace software for...

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Whrrl Links With Maponics

Seattle-based Pelago, which makes the mobile social networking service Whrrl, said today that it has partnered with Maponics on a location-based services application. According to Pelago, it will use Maponics Neighborhood Boundaries, which ...

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

SplashCast Gets Major Win With Hulu

Portland-based SplashCast, a provider of content syndication software, said this morning that it has signed on Hulu, the television-network backed effort to provide major TV shows, movies, and clips, as a customer. According to SplashCast, ...

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Jive Software Gets UK Win

Jive Software, a publisher of internal collaboration and social networking software for businesses, revealed Tuesday that a direct international retailer has adopted Jive's flagship product. Jive said the client, Screwfix, is the United Kin...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Jive Reels in German Health Insurance Firm

Social business application publisher Jive Software reported Tuesday that a respected German health insurance firm, Deutsche Angestellten-Krankenkasse, is using Jive products to facilitate an upgrade of its information search and aggregatio...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

SplashCast Signs Radio Broadcasting Customer

Portland-based SplashCast, a developer of software for content syndication, said today that the firm has signed on radio broadcaster Entercom Communications Corp. According to SplashCast, Entercom will use its technology to provide local co...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Strands Books SkyMall

Corvallis, Oregon-based Strands, which develops social recommendation software, said Tuesday that retailer SkyMall has selected the firm to power its web site. According to Strands, SkyMall will use its Social Recommender product to power p...

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Wetpaint Deploys On Sites

Seattle-based social publishing toolmaker Wetpaint said this morning that the firm's software, Wetpaint Injected, has been deployed on a number of web sites, including Flixster, NuWire Investor, Freewebs, IGN, Pathable, Mixxer, AvantBride, ...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Strands Get Win At DollarDays

Corvallis, Oregon-based Strands, which provides social recommendation software, said Tuesday that the firm has been selected by DollarDays International to power personalized product recommendation on its website. Financial terms of the dea...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

SplashCast, Clearspring Debut Social Ad Platform

SplashCast Corp. revealed today that it has partnered with Clearspring Technologies Inc. to develop an integrated service that allows brands and advertisers to reach audiences across all major social networks. According to the firms, Splash...

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Konnects Upgrades Business Networking Site

Tacoma, Washington-based Konnects said Wednesday morning that the firm has upgraded the company's online site focused on business networking. Konnects said that it has added a new, Web 2.0-style site for its interface, along the same lines ...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Jive Upgrades Clearspace

Portland, Oregon-based Jive Software said today that it has launched the latest version of the firm's collaboration software, Clearspace 2.5. Jive said the upgraded software adds new Salesforce.com integration, links to email and external w...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Whrrl Adds New Facebook App

Seattle-based Whrrl, the mobile social networking service run by Pelago, Inc. said Wednesday that it has released a new Facebook application focused on showing friends where they've been. The firm said its new "Been Here? Like it or Not?" a...

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Monday, July 21, 2008

iLike Launches Ad Platform, New Features

Seattle-based social music service iLike said today that the firm has unveiled a new advertising platform specifically focused on concert promoters, full-length song playback, and a new initiative to syndicate music to third party developer...

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Whrrl Connects With Apple

Seattle-based Pelago, operator of the Whrrl mobile social networking service, said today that its service will be available starting today on Apple's new App Store. The App Store is Apple's online marketplace for iPhone and iPod touch appli...

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Visible Technologies Teams With Beyond Interaction

Seattle-based Visible Technologies, a venture-backed firm developing social media monitoring tools, said Wednesday that it has teamed with Beyond Interaction, the interactive marketing firm owned by MediaCom. According to Visible Technologi...

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Wishpot Debuts Baby Service for Expecting Parents

Seattle-based Wishpot Inc., operator of an online social shopping community, revealed Wednesday that it has added a new section to its Web site geared specifically for parents who are expecting. Wishpot said the new feature, called Wishpot ...

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Monday, June 30, 2008

Whrrl Expands Phone Support, Adds Features

Seattle-based Pelago, which runs the mobile social networking service Whrrl, announced Monday that it has added new support for a number of new phones. According to the firm, it now supports the BlackBerry World 8830, multiple Motorla RAZR ...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Microsoft Buys Mobile Software Firm

Microsoft said today that it intends to acquire MobiComp, a developer of technology used to backup and restore mobile data, and post content to social networking sites such as Facebook. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. MobiCo...

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Shelfari Updates Site

Seattle-based Shelfari, the online book focused social networking site backed by Amazon.com and Curious Office Partners, has rolled out an update to the firm's web site. Shelfari launched the changes on Monday, adding new navigation feature...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Whrrl Adds BlackBerry Support

Seattle-based Pelago, operator of the Whrrl mobile social networking service, said today that it has added support for the BlackBerry Pearl and Curve mobile devices. Pelago said that its social networking, discovery, and user generated cont...

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pelago Raises $15M

Pelago Inc., operator of a social networking Web site for mobile users, announced Tuesday that it has secured $15 million in Series B venture financing. Pelago said the money will be used to help deploy and extend the service, called Whrrl,...

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Strands Buys Expensr

Corvallis, Oregon-based Strands, a provider of social recommendation software, said today that it has acquired Expensr, a provider of online personal finance applications. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. As part of th...

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

SplashCast Raises $4M

Portland, Oregon-based SplashCast said today that the firm has raised $4M in a Series A funding round. The round came from Mark Bayliss, an individual investor, and also included Emergent. Bayliss joins the firm's board of directors. Splas...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

MyStrands Dangles $100,000 To Recommendation Startups

Corvallis, Oregon-based MyStrands, which is developing social recommendation software, said Wednesday that it is offering an investment of $100,000 from the firms which are developing projects in the area of recommendation technology. Accor...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Wetpaint Enhances Wiki Tools

Seattle-based Wetpaint said Monday that it has added a number of new tools for its wiki software. The firm said that it has added new social networking tools, including a way for users to connect with others and track activity, custom membe...

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

RIPL Names Execs, Board

Seattle-based RIPL, which is developing a service which pushes content to multiple social networking and other social websites, said today that it has made two new hires and appointed a number of advisors to the firm. RIPL said that it has ...

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Cozi Gets Major Win At Gannett

Seattle-based Cozi, which operates a service that lets families share calendars, to-do lists, and other information, has been selected by newspaper publisher Gannett for a private label service. According to Gannett and Cozi, localized edit...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

MyLifeBrand Launches Site For Brady Bunch Star

Seattle-based MyLifeBrand, which provides software that allows anyone to create their own social networking web site, said Tuesday that it has launched a new site for the Greg Brady community, in conjunction with The Blake Project. The new ...

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Friday, January 4, 2008

Sweat365 Launches Athlete Social Network

Seattle-based startup Sweat365 said Friday that it has launched a new social networking site targeting "everyday athletes." The firm, which was founded by ex-RealNetworks and Revenue Science exec Brad Hefta-Gaub and Phil Sabin, an ex-Revenu...

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

MyStrands Raises $24M

Corvallis, Oregon-based MyStrands said late Tuesday morning that it has raised $24M in a Series B-2 funding. The funding came from Spanish bank BBVA and existing investor Debaueque. MyStrands develops social recommendation technology used f...

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Blue Dot Becomes Faves.com

Seattle's Blue Dot, the online social discovery and bookmarking service which allows people to post web links and comment on web sites, said today that the firm has renamed itself to Faves.com. The company said that people were confused by ...

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

MyLifeBrand Enhances Software

Seattle-based MyLifeBrand, a provider of software for connecting to multiple social networking web sites, said Tuesday that it has released a "major" system upgrade to the firm's services. According to the company, it has improved blog feat...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Microsoft Invests $240M In Facebook

Microsoft said this afternoon that it has taken a $240M equity stake in Facebook, the popular online social networking web site. Microsoft said that the investment would come as part of Facebook's next round of financing, at a valuation of ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Treemo Raises $2.55M

Seattle-based Treemo, an online web site focused on sharing of social media, said today that it has secured $2.55M in a Series A-1 investment. The investment came from JK&B Capital. As part of the funding, Tasha Seitz of JK&B Capital has jo...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

mywedding.com Extends Coverage to Austin

Online wedding planning service mywedding.com revealed Wednesday that it has added Austin, Texas, to its library of local wedding guides. Mywedding.com said couples in the Lone Star State's capital city can now use the Web site to locate lo...

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

iLike Extends Platform

Seattle-based music discovery and social networking firm iLike said today that it has rolled out a new suite of services targeted at music artists. iLike said that it has created a platform that allows artists to manage web pages through a ...

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Amazon Launches Widgets

Seattle-based Amazon.com has jumped on the Web 2.0 bandwagon, saying today that it has launched a new set of software components, called "widgets" which will allow people to feature products from the firm's site on blogs, websites, and soci...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

IceBreaker Deploys On Boost

Mobile social-networking software developer IceBreaker Inc. announced Tuesday that its Crush or Flush messaging utility has passed trials and is now available for use with the Boost Mobile telephone network. Crush or Flush, IceBreaker expla...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

MyLifeBrand Adds Hip-Hop Music Label

Seattle-based startup MyLifeBrand said today that the firm has partnered with Delicious Vinyl, a music label, to provide the label with tools for their artists to create their own social networks. MyLifeBrand provides an online platform tha...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Blue Dot Reports Traffic, Sees 1M Pageviews

Seattle-based social bookmarking service Blue Dot announced yesterday on the company's blog that the firm has hit 1 million pageviews per month. The service, which allows users to share web pages with other users, also reported that its use...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Interview with Jim Crabbe, President and CEO, Konnects

Jim Crabbe is President and CEO of Konnects (www.konnects.com), which recently rolled out a service that allows any organization create their own social networking site. We spoke with Jim recently to learn more about the company fits into t...

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Konnects.com Targets Social Networking

Tacoma, Washington-based Konnects.com, a new startup in the social networking space, said earlier this week that it has begun to offer a service to create their own social networking communities. According to the firm, users can create thei...

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Monday, June 18, 2007

MyStrands Raises $25M

Corvallis, Oregon-based MyStrands announced Monday that it has raised $25M in a Series B funding round for the firm's social recommendation technology. The round came from Grupo Zeta, along with Debaeque and Sequel. MyStrands is developing ...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Newsvine Redesigns Site

Seattle-based Newsvine, an online social news site that uses user-input to rank news stories, announced Tuesday that the firm has relaunched its services. The firm has added new customization features, local headlines and weather, along wit...

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Zillow.com Adds Social Q&A Feature

Seattle-based real estate Zillow has added a new, user-driven Q&A feature, the firm said today, which will allow anyone to ask questions and share information about homes. According to Zillow, its new Home Q&A feature will allow anyone to a...

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Interview with Ashish Pandey, CEO and Founder of MegaBuzz

MegaBuzz (www.megabuzz.com) is a new, Seattle-based social media and community web site that launched last week, that allows people to post and answer questions and win rewards for participation. Northwest Innovation spoke with Ashish Pande...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

MegaBuzz Launches Social Media Site

Seattle-based MegaBuzz has launched a new web site today in the social media space. The firm is combining questions, opinions, and other user-generated content to create an online community focused on questions and answers. The new site was...

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Zoodango Launches Business Profiles

Seattle-based Zoodango announced today that it has launched a new program that allows businesses and nonprofits to list themselves in its social networking site. The firm said that businesses and non-profit organizations can create profiles...

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Thursday, March 8, 2007

eNom Adds .TV Social Networking Tools

Seattle-based eNom is set to begin offering free social networking web site tools to its resellers, the firm said this week. eNom, which is a unit of Demand Media, said that its resellers will get access to social networking tools from Dema...

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Trailfire Shows Social Discovery Platform

Seattle-based Trailfire is showing the firm's social discovery and web sharing service at DEMO today, the firm announced this morning. Trailfire operates a service that allows users to annotate and share web pages with other users, and to v...

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Blue Dot Rolls Out New Service

Seattle-based Blue Dot has rolled out a new service, saying last night that it has launched "Blue Dot Buzz", a new ranking service that shows the most popular topics tagged by the company's users. Blue Dot provides a social bookmarking serv...

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Thursday, December 7, 2006

Zoodango Launches Social Networking Site

Seattle-based Zoodango has launched a new social networking site that the firm said will focus on business professionals. The new startup is looking to create a business focused site that combines local events with social networking. The fi...

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Platial Rolls out Map Sharing Features

Portland, Oregon-based Platial.com, and online web site and social networking site for sharing photos and maps, has added a new tool to help bloggers and web site owners to create their own maps. The firm said that its new MapKit feature al...

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

iLike.com Launches Social Music Discovery Service

Seattle-based iLike.com launched a new social music discovery service yesterday, targeted at iTunes and iPod users. The firm said that its new service will help people discover new music, and leverages personalized recommendations from Gara...

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Shelfari Launches Social Network For Books

Seattle-based Shelfari has launched a new social media site focused on books, the firm said today. Shelfari said that its new service allows users to find and add titles to a personal bookshelf, connect with friends, and influence others by...

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mixxer Names New CEO

Seattle-based Mixxer said Wednesday that it has appointed a new CEO for the firm. Mixxer has appointed John Dearborn as CEO, and also appointed two new members to its board of directors. Dearborn was most recently general manager and senior...

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Pipestone Rolls Out Trailfire Blogging Service

Seattle-based startup Pipestone has rolled out a new web service today, Trailfire. The new service allows bloggers to annotate web pages with multimedia comments, and link to related web sites. The new service, which integrates with Interne...

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