Seattle Tech and Online Marketing Roundup for Monday, March 21, 2011
The planned debut of Amazon’s own Android-based app store hints at a forthcoming Android tablet from the retail king, with reports suggesting its app prices will be set below the competition’s. Amazon is borrowing the Apple iTunes model requiring reviewer approval of apps, rather than the wide open Google Android Marketplace.
As Dallas-based AT&T’s $39B buyout of T-Mobile awaits federal approval, its impact on the Northwest is raising concern. Although AT&T is claiming the new conglomerate will carry on its Seattle presence, including retaining employees, some have concerns about the potential negative impact on region’s tech and entrepreneurship landscape.
Doxo, the paperless payment biz that recently scored a key partnership with Puget Sound Energy, led February’s $1M+ fundraising club in the state of Washington. Daily deal contender Kashless came in second, followed by Bellevue’s PhysioSonics and Datacastle, whose latest ad campaign capitalizes on post-Wikileaks paranoia.