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May 6, 2008 11:26 AM

Marcelo's April startup ranking: Zillow still leads

Posted by Brier Dudley

This month Marcelo gets to note that his own venture, Sampa, is one of the fastest-gaining Seattle-area Web startups with a 17 point gain, to rank 30th.

From his introduction:

"The biggest drops this month were Likewise (down 87), TagCow (down 43) and Lilipip (down 40). The biggest gains come from EfuRa, Sampa, Inrix, OwnYourPhone and Sawggle, all moving 17 positions in the rank."

The top 10, based on his Seattle Startup Index compilation of traffic stats:

1. Zillow
2. 43 Things
3. iLike
4. Wetpaint
5. CarDomain
6. I Can Has Cheezburger?
7. BuddyTV
8. ActiveRain
9. PayScale
10. Faves (formerly BlueDot)

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May 6, 2008 9:18 AM

HTC's sparkly Touch Diamond smartphone

Posted by Brier Dudley

Taiwanese phone maker HTC, which has its U.S. headquarters in Bellevue, is making a splash with its new "Touch Diamond" phone unveiled today in London.

The Touch Diamond has a "3D" touch interface that will be compared to the iPhone.

But I wonder how soon we'll start taking multitouch interfaces for granted on high-end smartphones -- they'll all feel a little bit like the iPhone soon. Then we can start comparing other features and capabilities, like speed and battery life, or just argue about which phone looks cooler.

The Touch Diamond looks nice, if you like that angular look that you see on new Cadillacs:

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May 6, 2008 12:00 AM

Ex-Amazon VP launching "Web for seniors"

Posted by Brier Dudley

A Kirkland startup called BigScreenLive is formally launching a complete Web experience aimed at older adults and their families, especially people who have been too intimidated to go online or really dislike using the Web.

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