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May 28, 2008 3:45 PM

UW software for blind Web users wins Microsoft prize

Posted by Brier Dudley

Microsoft is flying University of Washington student Jeffrey Bigham to Paris where he'll collect a grand prize in the Imagine Cup, a student programming contest sponsored by the company.

Bigham, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science, won for a project called WebAnyWhere. The Web-based screen reader helps blind people access the Web from almost any computer that can produce sound, without requiring expensive accessibility software. It basically reads Web pages aloud.

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May 28, 2008 1:38 PM

Gates to Ballmer at D6: Wake me when there's news

Posted by Brier Dudley

That's one possible caption for this image, captured by David Geller at the conference.

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Geller said the Bill Gates-Steve Ballmer interview by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher had more beef than it seemed from afar. But it's hard for anyone to match the seminal Gates-Ballmer interview that Mark Leibovich did in 2000 for the Washington Post.

A few more shots from the Eyejot founder, that I took out of context and gave inappropriate captions:

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May 28, 2008 12:43 PM

Jobster's Jason Goldberg back in town ...

Posted by Brier Dudley

... but only temporarily, for a Thursday event to discuss startup strategies.

Goldberg left Jobster in December after a turbulent reorganization. Then he left Seattle for New York, where he's launching socialmedian, a "social news" venture being built mostly in India.

Thursday afternoon, he'll be at the Edgewater Hotel hosting an event for current and potential entrepreneurs to discuss "the issues, challenges and big decisions facing founders." Topics include fundraising, forming a founding team, strategic decisions and on-shore versus offshore development models.

He's charging $25 per head. Details and registration are at socialmedian.

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May 28, 2008 12:35 PM

AT&T's new regional wireless boss in Redmond

Posted by Brier Dudley

Glad AT&T still has some brass at its wireless offices in Redmond.

It announced Tuesday the promotion of Fred Devereux to president of wireless operations in the West, overseeing "all wireless financial and operational matters, including all company-owned retail stores, in a region that includes Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming."

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May 28, 2008 11:43 AM

SourceLabs adds Eclipse support

Posted by Brier Dudley

SourceLabs ought to get a bump from its latest move: The Seattle open-source development tools company added Eclipse to the list of supported projects.

That makes its testing tools and resource libraries available to 2 million Eclipse developers, although I wonder how many of those people are already using SourceLabs for their work on other open-source projects.

I didn't yet see Eclipse in the list of supported projects on SourceLabs' Web site, but a spokesman e-mailed me around midnight last night to say the support is now live.

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May 28, 2008 10:26 AM

Visible Technologies releases 2.0, names Microsoft and other key clients

Posted by Brier Dudley

A milestone today for the Pioneer Square Web analytics startup: It released version 2.0 of its TruCast software that companies can use to monitor and enage in blogs, forums and other online social media.

A screenshot:

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Visible never formally released version 1.0 of TruCast, but it's being used by clients and shown by the company. That makes today a sort of coming out party for a product that's expected to be a cornerstone of their business.

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