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May 20, 2008 1:41 PM

Mini review of the amazing Wii Fit: What's hot and what's not

Posted by Brier Dudley

A few thoughts on the Wii Fit, after several days testing Nintendo's summer blockbuster that goes on sale tomorrow.

The great:

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May 20, 2008 12:00 AM

Seattle backhaul shop TTM calls up $20 million

Posted by Brier Dudley

Telecom Transport Management was already in a good position, serving wireless companies building out their next-generation networks.

Today the Seattle company, with headquarters in the Fremont neighborhood, is announcing that it has raised $20 million to expand into new markets, bringing its total funding to $140 million.

The latest round came from Washington, D.C.-based Columbia Partners Private Capital.

TTM's president and chief executive, Mark Hamilton, is a former McCaw Cellular and AT&T executive. His press release comment on the funding:

"Columbia Partners' strong financial support during a time when the capital markets are strained is a validation of TTM's business,'' he said. "This debt facility along with our recently completed equity round provides TTM with the resources we need to expand our current networks and move into new markets where we identify opportunities with our customers."

TTM is currently managing and building wireless backhaul networks in Virginia, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, the release said.

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May 20, 2008 12:00 AM

Virtualized apps, from Seattle startup with Microsoft pedigree

Posted by Brier Dudley

Long before virtualization was the hottest thing going in enterprise software, software engineer Kenji Obata started a little company called Xenocode to earn some pizza money while in graduate school.

He had worked on SQL Server at Microsoft, starting as an intern in 1996, but left to get his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 2001.

Then his little side business took off, particularly a product virtualizing Microsoft's .Net framework, which is now used by more than 100,000 developers. He moved the venture to Seattle in 2006 after hiring several former co-workers from Microsoft.

"Pizza money turned into rent money and soon rent money was more than I was making at Microsoft," he said.

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