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San Francisco Chronicle, 3/27/2012 –
After 3-month alpha test attracts a million users and a Best of CES award, company releases beta-1 version of “App Player”
BlueStacks announced the availability of the beta-1 version of its App Player for PC today. The software supports Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, and enables Android apps to run in windowed or fullscreen mode on PC.
The beta-1 version incorporates the company’s patent-pending Layercake technology. Layercake enables Android apps to run seamlessly on x86-based PCs. This includes apps written for the ARM processor like Angry Birds Space and Fruit Ninja, as well as apps that use hardware graphics acceleration. These latter capabilities were not part of last year’s alpha test version. Apps designed for high-end tablets that use graphics-intensive engines such as Unity can also run on the new platform.
GeekWire, 3/25/2012 –
Opscode has raised $19.5 million in venture capital financing, the second large funding round in a Seattle area business-to-business software company this month. The deal, which was led by Bellevue-based Ignition Partners and included participation from Battery Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, follows the $50 million round that Bellevue-based Apptio raised on March 15th.
As a result of the financing, Ignition’s John Connors — the former chief financial officer at Microsoft — has joined the Opscode board.
Opscode is an emerging player in the arena of cloud automation technologies, essentially helping developers more easily push code across an array of platforms and scaling servers quickly.
The company has been on a significant growth curve in recent months, tapping former Avanade boss Mitch Hill as CEO last August. The new money will help propel the company forward even further.
Techcrunch, 3/23/2012 –
Remember Batch, the photo-sharing app that lets you share iPhone photos on Facebook, Twitter, and via email? Wait, before you roll your eyes - photo-sharing app? Sigh… – let me stick up for Batch: it’s one of the good ones. But today’s update makes Batch even better than before because it addresses one of the major pain points I had in using the app – something that I’ll admit led me to drop it after initial tests – Facebook album support.
Prior to the newly updated version, Batch allowed you to create albums and share them on Facebook, but the photos themselves remained within Batch’s service. When users clicked a shared link, they were taken to Batch, not a Facebook album. But with the update, that has changed. Batch now uploads all of the photos to Facebook for you. And it does soincredibly fast.
I also have to point out that Batch actually lets you name the Facebook albums whatever you want. It doesn’t just lump all the photo uploads into a bucket called “Batch Photos,” or something dumb like that (which I’ve seen other apps do).
The change may finally allow Batch to live up to Mike Arrington’s earlier suggestion that Batch “may be the perfect mobile photo sharing app.” I’ll admit, it definitely had a lot going for it when it launched last fall, but I (like many of Batch users, apparently), found that I still wanted to share photos directly on Facebook. That is, I wanted the photos to reside on Facebook itself, not within a third-party service.
Xconomy, 3/19/2012 –
One of the biggest recent acquisitions in the Seattle area is paying some more dividends today. EMC’s Isilon storage division, which was added to the IT behemoth in a $2.25 billion deal two years ago, is now acquiring Bellevue, WA-based Likewise Software.
No price was given in the announcement from Likewise CEO Barry Crist, and in a follow-up e-mail he referred my questions to EMC officials, who I’m still trying to reach. Privately held Likewise’s investors include Bellevue’s Ignition Partners, Silicon Valley’s Trinity Ventures, and Intel Capital.
Likewise last raised venture financing in 2009, when it reported a $10 million Series C roundled by those three firms. At that time, Likewise said it had raised a total of $27 million in venture capital.
Geekwire, 3/13/2012 –
DataSphere Technologies already helps power the hyperlocal news sites for TV stations owned by Fisher Communications, Gannett, Meredith and others. And now with a fresh $8 million round of new financing the Bellevue company is looking to add even more.
“DataSphere’s dramatic growth trajectory is a reflection of the value it provides to over 100 media partners and tens of thousands of local advertisers,” said Satbir Khanuja, CEO of DataSphere. At this point, DataSphere said that its ads are now targeted across more than 1,900 neighborhoods in the U.S.
Investors in the company include new investor First Analysis as well as existing venture capital partners Ignition Partners and OVP Venture Partners. Total funding in the company, which now employs 420 people primarily in Bellevue and Tempe, Arizona, now stands at $32.5 million.
Xconomy, 3/12/2012 –
Are you sick of platforms yet? I know I am. But I’m not sick of sports.
Hence, let’s talk about Korrio, a sports-automation software company that has an interesting bicoastal story. Korrio is based in Seattle, but one of its biggest markets is Massachusetts. Specifically, Massachusetts youth soccer clubs. The Bay State is “sports crazy,” and its soccer clubs are “seen as progressive,” says Steve Goldman, Korrio’s founder and CEO.
I spoke with Goldman on his recent trip to Boston last month. Seattle techies know him as the former CEO of Isilon Systems (now part of Massachusetts tech giant EMC) and, before that, senior vice president at F5 Networks. Goldman helped take both companies public, with IPOs in 1999 and 2006 respectively, so he has a fair bit of operating experience from before and after the dot-com bubble. Besides Seattle, he has also lived in the Boston area, back in the mid-1970s and again in the mid-‘90s.