Seattle Tech Roundup for Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Tango Card intends to revolutionize an industry where big name credit cards still reign by offering a fee-free, multi-purpose gift card solution with the lure of a cash-back option and mobile app access. Along with the capital efficiency of a pre-paid card service, partnerships with retail leaders are giving entrepreneur and Seattle transplant David Leeds ample reason for confidence.
As the perennial holder of the biggest slice of the search engine pie, Google is finally yielding some of its share to Microsoft’s Bing. The upstart is starting to look like a real contender, nearly doubling its pull to 17% while rivals like Yahoo barely edged ahead and Google suffered a double digit drop, according to a Compete survey covering the past year.
An updated makeover for Microsoft’s SkyDrive follows the unveiling of Apple’s iCloud and reflects a movement by the IT industry monolith toward modernization that includes the fresh look of Windows 8. The free SkyDrive platform competes with Apple’s fee-based service for a chance to help users declutter their computer hard drives.