Seattle Tech Roundup for Tuesday, April 5, 2011
A new PopCap Games brainstorming facility aimed at capturing lightning game-design concepts in a bottle rolled out its first title with the debut of Unpleasant Horse. The aptly titled 4th & Battery studio takes the frenzied Warhol Factory model into 21st century mobile game development, and it could signal the start of an IPO drive for the Seattle company.
The acquisition of Mozy by Palo Alto-based VMWare forges a powerful new cloud-computing partnership, with EMC the common denominator. EMC is the parent company to Seattle’s Mozy and VMWare is a spin-off, so the merger promises seamless customer service and opportunities for expanded offerings.
The scheduled discontinuation of Jott is less an exit than an absorption of the voice-to-text service into Nuance Communications, the company that has purchased a number of Seattle startups and maintains a sizable staff in Pioneer Square. Jott co-creator John Pollard reports that bigger projects are in the works for the crew.