Seattle Tech and Online Marketing Roundup for Tuesday March 15th, 2011
Austin’s SXSW event was the stage for the unveiling of IE9, where it beat the competition in a side-by-side demo, at least according to Microsoft, its maker. The newest Internet Explorer claims to bring graphic images to life with a version that is more intuitive, interactive, private and especially speedy – but this amped up advantage could be a drawback if developer designs for IE9 disappoint on other browsers.
Seattle newcomer Zaarly has already earned kudos for its speedy launch in a contest at LA’s Startup Weekend and a cool million from investors like Ashton Kutcher. Now the hyper-local mobile auction app created by Erik Koester and Bo Fishback, debuting in beta at SXSW, needs to carve its niche in a crowded field.
No more new models for Zune Seattle Times
The music and video player Microsoft expected to eclipse the iPod instead never managed to emerge from its shadow, so its HD version is the end of the line. Now there will be no new generation of Zunes, leaving Microsoft to devote its energy elsewhere and migrate Zune software to cell phones.