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April 24, 2008 5:04 PM

Ramping up and hiring: WatchGuard, Attachmate, Ontela ...

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The economy stinks and venture funding may be slowing a bit, but the WTIA Investment Forum was packed with companies saying they're expanding and hiring like crazy.

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April 24, 2008 1:45 PM

Buyout guru: Ballmer has to buy Yahoo, no need to raise bid

Posted by Brier Dudley

More from the WTIA Investment Forum today:

During his lunchtime keynote, Francisco Partners founder Benjamin Ball was asked whether Steve Ballmer should be going after Yahoo.

Running a buyout firm specializing in turnaround tech deals -- his firm snapped up Seattle's Watchguard, Attachmate and WRQ -- Ball has a little perspective here.

"I think he has to buy Yahoo,'' Ball said.

"I like mergers of this type of nature because we've crated a lot of a value that way," he explained. "I don’t think he has to pay anything more because I think Jerry Yang and the guys at Yahoo are in a lot more trouble than they think."

But Ball said he didn't know whether the Yahoo deal will be enough for Microsoft to knock the Google guys off their perch. "Those guys, they're not going to fall off, so to speak,'' he said.

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April 24, 2008 11:48 AM

Microsoft kills MSN Spot watches, repurposing data network

Posted by Brier Dudley

It's a sad day for geek fashion.

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April 24, 2008 10:15 AM

WTIA's startupalooza investment forum

Posted by Brier Dudley

A few tidbits from the morning session of the tech trade group's forum at Bell Harbor conference center:

The outlook is uncertain for venture capitalists, according to Stephen Sommerville, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers who presented data from the MoneyTree Report.

Washington state is still doing relatively well, ranking fifth in investments in the first quarter and fourth in terms of deals, with software and biotech still getting the lion's share.

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April 24, 2008 9:44 AM

Qwest bringing fiber broadband to Seattle, other cities, but to everybody?

Posted by Brier Dudley

Finally, the company is offering truly high-speed broadband services with new packages announced this morning - a $50 per month package offering up to 12 Mbps, and a $100 per month package offering up to 20 Mbps.

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