Seattle Tech Roundup for Tuesday, May 24 2011
Google’s acquisition of Sparkbuy gives Dan Shapiro and crew a chance to turbocharge their shopping search concept and reach a wider demographic, while Seattle neighbor Decide.com works on its own consumer electronics decision tool. While Sparkbuy service is slated for discontinuation, the recent startup’s team looks forward to bigger things under Google’s massive wings as it joins a list of names absorbed by big players in the tech sector.
The purchase of OffiSync by Jive Software is the latest in a buying spree by the San Francisco social business networking company headed by Tony Zingale. The plug-in interface created by Roy and Oudi Antebi gives Jive the benefit of appealing to Microsoft Office fans, while the brothers head to important posts with their new owner in Tel Aviv and Palo Alto.
Free app tells you when your bus is coming Seattle Times
Born in the pre-iPhone era as a University of Washington student project, OneBusAway now boasts 50,000 weekly users and partnerships with area transit companies – while creator Brian Ferris heads to Google’s Zurich branch to take his brainchild global. The free app accessible by iPhone, Android or internet is perfectly timed for today’s market, promising to enhance the mass transit experience with bus ridership and gas prices both on the rise.