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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

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March 31, 2008 6:09 PM

Spring break

Posted by Brier Dudley

I'm taking a break for a week, but a few posts may appear while I'm gone.

Enjoy the spring, Brier

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March 31, 2008 5:18 PM

Microsoft's newest recruiting tool: The Jobcuzzi

Posted by Brier Dudley

Microsoft is reaching out to college students with a zippy new campaign developed by Seattle marketing shop Wexley School for Girls. In addition to a special Web site and viral ad spots, the "Hey Genius" campaign includes branded laundry detergent, sandwich boards and the Jobcuzzi:

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Competition for the Google pool?

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March 31, 2008 5:05 PM

Biznik and Eyejot partner, add video to LinkedIn challenger

Posted by Brier Dudley

A little cross-town collaboration led to a redesigned version of Biznik that launched today.

Biznik, a localized social networking site for business communities based in Ballard, upgraded its profile pages with videos using technology from Eyejot in Pioneer Square.

Here's the profile page of Eyejot founder David Geller, with his video profile on the lower right.

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March 31, 2008 4:17 PM

Wetpaint's Balco project surfaces on Mariners opening day

Posted by Brier Dudley

Wetpaint Chief Executive Ben Elowitz told me he'll have a big product announcement in a few months, but while we were talking at his office in Pioneer Square today, one of his potential customers was apparently talking to Michael Arrington.

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March 31, 2008 12:29 PM

DreamBox Learning debuts Wednesday

Posted by Brier Dudley

The stealthy Bellevue education startup founded by Ben Slivka, a key player in Microsoft's rise in the 1990s, and Lou Gray, former UIEvolution president, is finally opening its kimono.

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March 31, 2008 11:12 AM

Home automation player Lagotek's next phase

Posted by Brier Dudley

Expect more news soon about Lagotek, the Bellevue home automation technology company profiled in today's column.

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March 27, 2008 4:17 PM

Why Ballmer can't get anyone for Yahoo board: The pay stinks

Posted by Brier Dudley

Some think it's hogwash and Microsoft's about to close the Yahoo deal amicably, but the New York Post is reporting whispers on Wall Street that Ballmer & Co. is having trouble finding friendly faces to stuff onto Yahoo's board.

Maybe it's because Yahoo board compensation has been awful lately.

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March 27, 2008 2:14 PM

NYTimes' David Pogue frenchifies Microsoft blogger

Posted by Brier Dudley

Pogue channeled Robert Scoble and wrote a piece today about how companies should use blogs and Web 2.0 tools to open up to customers and the world.

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March 27, 2008 1:49 PM

Microsoft sorts out online name scheme, sort of

Posted by Brier Dudley

Mary Jo Foley is reporting that Microsoft will rename its online "CRM Live" product "CRM Online," reflecting a new approach.

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March 27, 2008 10:32 AM

Amazon offering more reassurance, tools to developers

Posted by Brier Dudley

Amazon Web Services introduced two new tools today, including one offering more assurance to its users. The new "Availability Zones" feature lets developers assign applications to Amazon's different regional processing centers, giving them more specific benefits from Amazon.com's redundancy.

I wonder if it will also shed light on the super secretive company's infrastructure. It's like pulling teeth to get Amazon to say anything at all about where its operations are located, particularly data centers.

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March 26, 2008 11:40 PM

More on Live Current startup deal: It's just the start, more buyouts coming

Posted by Brier Dudley

The acquisition of Auctomatic was just the beginning, according to Live Current Media President Jonathan Ehrlich, who briefed me on the deal this afternoon.

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March 26, 2008 5:23 PM

WebTV take two?

Posted by Brier Dudley

It's been obvious at CES for the past few years, but the number of TVs with Internet connections is about to take off, according to a new report.

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March 26, 2008 4:16 PM

Launch roundup: Golf on the phone, online time clocks and a health network

Posted by Brier Dudley

Is it launch week for companies around here? New products debuting the past few days:

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March 26, 2008 10:11 AM

Vancouver dot-com snags SF startup

Posted by Brier Dudley

Communicate.com of Vancouver, B.C., is undergoing an extreme makeover today with the acquisition of tiny San Francisco startup Auctomatic for $5 million -- $2 million cash plus $3 million in Communicate stock.

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March 26, 2008 9:50 AM

Finally, the $500 ultramobile with touch coming in May

Posted by Brier Dudley

At least that's what it sounds like from this report, outlining the product map for Asustek's low-cost computers.

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March 25, 2008 5:09 PM

Lazy coder geek pubfest Wednesday

Posted by Brier Dudley

The Seattle startup crowd gets attention for networking events like the Lunch 2.0 series and Open Coffee (especially since OC founder Andy Sack started an investment fund).

It's not quite the same, but I hear via Phil Haack that "Lazy Coder" Scott Koon is organizing an Eastside shindig Wednesday night at the Three Lions Pub in Redmond.

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March 25, 2008 4:39 PM

Choose your battle: Obama vs. Clinton or Mozilla vs. Apple

Posted by Brier Dudley

It's getting harder to keep track of the bitter fumes clogging the blogosphere this week, and it's only Tuesday.

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March 24, 2008 4:07 PM

Protect your privacy with snoop-blocking phone software

Posted by Brier Dudley

In case you missed it: Privacy god Phil Zimmermann's new software for encrypting phone calls became available for download last week. Here's a Forbes interview where he discusses the Zfone project.

The feds can still get info on bad guys from traffic patterns that aren't blocked by the encryption, Zimmermann contends. A quote from the Forbes piece:

"From the point of view of law enforcement, traffic analysis can be quite useful. But for a criminal trying to get information for insider training, he's only interested in the content. So encryption actually hits criminals harder than it hits law enforcement agencies."

The beta software is free, but enthusiasts may want to send him a few bucks so he can start building something to protect passport data and library records.

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March 24, 2008 12:43 PM

More details on Harmony, top-selling remotes

Posted by Brier Dudley

Here are a few tidbits supplementing today's column on the Harmony One remote.

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March 20, 2008 2:06 PM

It's not the Dream, but HTC's Origami 2.0 coming Monday

Posted by Brier Dudley

It's not getting the attention of the HTC "Dream" phone being developed with Google's new mobile platform, but the company's new "Shift" looks pretty nifty as well.

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March 19, 2008 4:36 PM

Seattle broadband update: Bids out in fall, but tension over approach

Posted by Brier Dudley

Seattle will formally ask companies in September for proposals to construct a fiber-to-the-home broadband network, a project that would challenge the Comcast-Qwest lock on the market.

But at least one City Council member today questioned whether Seattle should give more consideration to managing the system itself, rather than simply offering its assets to subsidize the $450 million project.

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March 19, 2008 12:54 PM

WildTangent's surge makes top 10 Web list, St. John aiming high

Posted by Brier Dudley

Traffic to WildTangent, the Redmond-based game network, leaped 35 percent from January to February, putting the site on comScore's list of the top 10 fastest growing U.S. sites.

WildTangent boss Alex St. John had a quick answer when I e-mailed to find out what's going on.

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March 18, 2008 5:22 PM

Seattle fiber broadband plans resurfacing Wednesday

Posted by Brier Dudley

Expect an update on Seattle's broadband plans Wednesday.

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March 18, 2008 3:30 PM

Report calls iPhone sweet spot: Rich youngish geeky guys

Posted by Brier Dudley

That's one data point from a report issued today by Seattle's M:Metrics on iPhone usage.

The sound bite is that 85 percent of iPhoners used their devices to access news and information in January - consuming far more mobile content than other phone users.

But that's just one of the interesting nuggets.

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March 18, 2008 3:11 PM

Goldman: Adobe beats street, but economy stinks ...

Posted by Brier Dudley

Check out the bearish tone of Goldman Sachs' quick take on Adobe's smoking earnings report today:

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March 18, 2008 2:43 PM

Awards: UW's Allstot lauded by semi group, Asian American engineers tapped

Posted by Brier Dudley

I'm catching up on recent awards to local engineering luminaries:

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March 18, 2008 2:22 PM

Ex-Microsoft architect riffs on startups vs. big companies

Posted by Brier Dudley

Blist Chief Executive Kevin Merritt is calling bull on people who say they're working for a "startup inside" a big company.

"What they mean is that their team is working on a new project and maybe at the outset has decided to try to be less bureaucratic than other teams at BigCo,'' he said, then listed some of the differences between startups and big companies.

A sample:

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March 18, 2008 1:36 PM

More on digital healthcare, electronic health records

Posted by Brier Dudley

I didn't realize how timely Monday's column on the future of digitized healthcare would be -- apparently it's electronic health record week in Seattle.

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March 18, 2008 12:00 AM

SourceLabs launches open-source support suite, new Linux play

Posted by Brier Dudley

I keep waiting for a big tech company to buy SourceLabs, an open-source software and tools developer in Pioneer Square.

Maybe the new product it's launching today, SourceLabs' Self-Support Suite, will speed the process.

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March 17, 2008 12:16 PM

Amazon pre-announces Microsoft's Vista SP1 ship date

Posted by Brier Dudley

It's March 19, according to a post the tech press and punditocracy pounced on today.

Microsoft has said mid-March, thought it has already released the update to developers through MSDN, where it acknowledges the pack has been released to manufacturers.

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March 17, 2008 9:32 AM

A vision of the Web services future Microsoft is developing

Posted by Brier Dudley

Here's the top of today's column, a rumination on where Microsoft's software and services strategy could lead:

"A few years from now, when you drive into a McDonald's parking lot, your dashboard computer will start beeping.

"The computer is synced to your phone, and both devices have geographic location services. They know where you are and, based on your credit-card activity, they guess you're about to order another burger and supersized fries.

"But because you've subscribed to Microsoft Personal Trainer 2015, a premium feature of the online health-management system you've been using since 2012, technology intervenes. The services are gathering information on your behalf, using a new software platform that began taking shape in 2008."

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March 14, 2008 2:15 PM

MySpace goodies coming to WSJ, CTO says

Posted by Brier Dudley

I just had an interesting chat with MySpace CTO Aber Whitcomb, a Bellingham native and University of Washington alum who is in town for a DevJam developer event Saturday.

After talking about the MySpace Seattle office, which is growing like crazy, we got into ways the company's technology could help other News Corp. properties, like Hulu and the Wall Street Journal.

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March 13, 2008 4:43 PM

Nanaimo gaga for Google

Posted by Brier Dudley

The Vancouver Island city has been dubbed the capital of Google Earth, according to a story in Time magazine that I found via CNET.

An excerpt:

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March 13, 2008 2:20 PM

Robot showdown coming to Tacoma

Posted by Brier Dudley

The Tacoma Aroma next week will feature the smells of hot electric motors and WD40, during a student robotics competition at the Tacoma Convention Center.

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March 13, 2008 2:01 PM

Blog and social media researchers' Seattle confab

Posted by Brier Dudley

The big-brained researchers data-mining blogs and social media are coming to town for a March 30-April 2 event: The International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media.

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March 13, 2008 12:42 PM

Ex-Microsoft exec: Apple's iPhone doing what Windows Mobile should have

Posted by Brier Dudley

For another take on Apple's moves to push the iPhone into the business space, check out the blog posting by Scott Gode, who used to lead Windows Mobile marketing.

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March 12, 2008 5:44 PM

Report: Jason Goldberg's now backed by Washington Post

Posted by Brier Dudley

The former Jobster chief executive has left Seattle and started a social news site called socialmedian.

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March 12, 2008 4:15 PM

Verizon update: FiOS TV coming to the Eastside

Posted by Brier Dudley

This will give some Eastsiders something to be smug about: They already get the region's fastest residential Internet service from Verizon's fiber optic network, and soon they'll get TV service over the same pipe.

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March 12, 2008 2:02 PM

A new Fremont-Ballard tech fair: Frelardex?

Posted by Brier Dudley

I love the idea of a neighborhood tech show around here, especially one for Ballard and Fremont, where the First Annual Ballard/Fremont Tech Fair is happening next week.

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March 12, 2008 12:03 PM

Hulu goes live, watch out iTunes/Unbox/Netflix/XboxLive/Comcast

Posted by Brier Dudley

Finally, the Hulu online video service is open to the public, offering free and legal TV shows and movies online.

It's not a universal collection, but for the casual video watcher, there's enough free stuff to keep you out of the video store (online or off) for months.

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March 11, 2008 12:00 AM

GridNetworks' secret investor: Cisco

Posted by Brier Dudley

When GridNetworks received $9.5 million in Series A funding in October, it didn't disclose two strategic investors involved in the deal.


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March 11, 2008 12:00 AM

Airbiquity wins major Ford telematics deal

Posted by Brier Dudley

Rounding out a garage full of top-tier automotive customers, Airbiquity today is announcing that its technology will be used in the next version of Ford's Sync system.

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March 10, 2008 2:48 PM

Startup tidbits: Lunch 2.0 gets game, entrepreneur forum deadline

Posted by Brier Dudley

Scot Baker, a recruiter at Parker Technical, called with an update about the Lunch 2.0 event his company's hosting at its Chinatown office.

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March 10, 2008 10:37 AM

Passionate reaction to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft and the Sonics

Posted by Brier Dudley

There's been a whole range of comments in response to today's column about how Steve Ballmer could influence the Sonics if he becomes majority owner of the team.

Most passionate were the people who told me to stuff it. A sample:

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March 10, 2008 9:43 AM

Wetpaint gets friendly, adds networking tools

Posted by Brier Dudley

In a major upgrade of its popular "social publishing platform," Seattle's Wetpaint today added social networking tools to its wiki service.

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March 7, 2008 3:53 PM

Bungie unscrews Xbox 360 gamer

Posted by Brier Dudley

The Xbox group (current and former) may fumble things now and then, but they seem to go overboard trying to make things right.

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March 5, 2008 3:59 PM

Momentum reports: Amazon Web Services and iLike

Posted by Brier Dudley

Passing its two-year mark, Amazon Web Services has 330,000 developers registered, up 30,000 from the previous quarter, the company said today in a release. Among the marquee customers name-dropped in the release are Nasdaq, the New York Times, SanDisk and RedHat.

An interesting tidbit:

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March 5, 2008 10:25 AM

Top Microsoft blogger goes on hiatus

Posted by Brier Dudley

Dare Obasanjo, the most fearless, non-anonymous Microsoft blogger, last night said he's taking an "indefinite hiatus" from his online diary.

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March 4, 2008 4:26 PM

QL2 chief executive out, split over company's direction

Posted by Brier Dudley

This is a little awkward, but the chief executive of QL2, the company I profiled Monday, quit after a disagreement with its founder.

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March 4, 2008 3:52 PM

Forget Google, Microsoft taking on Galileo

Posted by Brier Dudley

In showing off its WorldWide Telecope at annual TechFest science fair today, Microsoft Research played a recording of Harvard astrophysicist Roy Gould saying the project will have "as profound an impact on the way we view the universe as Galileo's telescope."

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