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July 8, 2008 9:00 PM

Wetpaint crosses a million, announces Web award program

Posted by Brier Dudley

Wetpaint's announcing tonight that more than a million free social Web sites have been created with its service.

Users in 177 countries have created nearly 8 million pages since the Pioneer Square company launched its service two years ago, the announcement said.

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July 8, 2008 3:32 PM

It's tech party time in Seattle, here's the list

Posted by Brier Dudley

Is it time to party like it's 1999?

The calendar's busting with tech parties this month, coinciding with conferences and events like BizJam starting Wednesday, BarCamp's SocialMediaCampSeattle on Saturday followed by Mashable's SummerMash. Then there are two game conferences here the week of the 21st.

Here's the social calendar:

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July 8, 2008 3:07 PM

Monthly Seattle startup ranking released; is it becoming a shopping list?

Posted by Brier Dudley

Marcelo Calbucci released his June index of Seattle tech startups, including two that made other news today.

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July 8, 2008 10:30 AM

Maritz named VMWare boss

Posted by Brier Dudley

Former top Microsoft exec Paul Maritz is moving up the ladder at EMC, taking over the chief executive position at its VMWare subsidiary from founder Diane Greene.

Maritz joined EMC as head of its cloud computing effort in February after it bought Pi, his Seattle cloud computing startup.

Today EMC announced that Greene is leaving her position as VMWare president and CEO and Maritz is taking her place.

The press release quote from Joe Tucci, CEO of EMC and chairman of VMWare, praised Greene and said Maritz "is a leader in the software industry. He has decades of experience building one of the greatest franchises in software history, Windows. Paul was instrumental as part of the core executive leadership team in building much of Microsoft's success."

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