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Amazon’s Hiring Spree, Microsoft Paid Nokia $1B to Feature Mobile OS

Seattle Tech and Online Marketing Roundup for Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Amazon’s Hiring Spree Will Fill 1.7 Million Square Feet of Office Space in Seattle All Things Digital

With its employee roster growing by nearly 400% just last year, online retailer Amazon literally outgrew its patchwork Seattle base. A new 1.7 million square foot base of operations in South Lake Union should solve the space dilemma, and its newly revitalized neighborhood promises to be a hub for technology companies – offering mega opportunities for tech talent, including a bevy of openings at Amazon.

Microsoft Seeding Windows Phone 7 On Nokia With A Billion Dollars Up Front Mobile Crunch

News of details of the Microsoft-Nokia deal, regarded almost equally as dubious or genius, don’t completely settle the debate of whether it’s a match made in heaven or somewhere further south. It’s now reported that Microsoft beat out Google with a bid in excess of $1B for a 5 year partnership and the chance to get its Windows Phone 7 operating system – and not Android – on Nokia products.

TechFlash Duo, Todd Bishop and John Cook, Quit PSBJ to Start New Site, GeekWire Xconomy

Departing the online Puget Sound Business Journal for a firsthand taste of entrepreneurial adventure, the original TechFlash duo are heading up GeekWire where they’ll continue to cover their respective beats based in the Seattle tech scene while blending cultural topics with wider appeal in a free online format. Reporting on an industry that’s all about innovation, Todd Bishop and John Cook are excited about their own reinvention – and the move won’t spell the end for TechFlash either.

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