Amazon Buys European Version of Netflix and New App Blocks Text Drivers

Seattle Tech and Online Marketing Roundup for Thursday January 20, 2011

Market Leader acquires kwkly TechFlash

With the help of a mobile app called kwkly, real estate giants like Century 21, RE/MAX and Prudential obtain instant leads while house hunters get on-the-spot property details via text. Market Leader just acquired Fort Lauderdale-based kwkly whose app stands out for its compatibility with any text-enabled cell phone.

Amazon Buys Full Control of LoveFilm Wall Street Journal

Amazon’s purchase of LoveFilm, Europe’s counterpart to NetFlix, is fueling predictions of a bid for the nearly $10B online movie rental company. Already invested in LoveFilm, Amazon’s buyout of the remaining share solidifies its position in the European movie rental and digital streaming market.

T-Mobile offers app to block DWT – driving while texting Seattle Times

T-mobile’s new app that blocks texting by drivers highlights a dangerous practice, but the steep subscription and limited phone compatibility detract from the message. Created by Location Labs, DriveSmartPlus is just one of many tools for parents whose concerns are backed up by collision research.

Other Tech News

Google Voice Is About To Take Off: Number Porting Coming Soon For $20 TechCrunch

LivingSocial Sells 1 Million Amazon Vouchers and Counting Mashable

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