Seattle Tech Roundup for Monday, May 9, 2011
Search engine and Seattle startup Likester is the almost inevitable answer to Facebook’s “Like” feature, adding another layer to the social network experience. Created by Kevin McCarthy, the site is gaining traction worldwide and increasing the relevance of its user-based data, while contending with Facebook trend tracker Booshaka.
Startup of the Week: Gravity Jack TechFlash
With a new partner in ARToolworks, Gravity Jack applies a Ninja approach and a bit of Charlie Sheen bravado to mobile-enabled augmented reality. Strapped for time and space but boasting its first seed capital, the Seattle area startup headed by Luke Richey is aiming for browser domination by delivering an experience that promises to exceed expectations.
Even as it halts operations in Texas and South Carolina and the fate of facilities in Tennessee awaits legal resolution, Amazon.com isn’t letting sales tax disputes stop its expansion. Along with plans to build in Arizona, Indiana is slated for its third distribution center – measuring almost a million square feet – thanks to the warm Amazon welcome from Governor Daniels.