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Seattle’s Pelago Updates Whrrl App With New Local Recommendation Engine

Seattle Tech and Online Marketing Roundup for Friday, March 11, 2011

Whrrl Upgrades Personalization Engine To Fuel Discovery Search Engine Land

Whrrl promises to harness the magic of serendipity by matching users to relevant local experiences with its recommendation engine, in the manner of Foursquare and Gowalla. Pelago chief Jeff Holden hopes to earn exposure at this week’s SXSW event for the Seattle startup’s software application that is accessible online and on a range of mobile platforms.

Amazon ends affiliate program in Illinois CNet

Illinois will join a growing list of states where Amazon has pulled its affiliate programs as a result of disputes over sales tax collection, a fate that recently jeopardized California’s thousands of affiliates. The move by Amazon comes after Gov. Pat Quinn gave his signature to a law that seems to contradict a Supreme Court decision made nearly two decades earlier.

Dendreon gets OK to quadruple cancer drug’s output Seattle Times

Dendreon can amp up production of its breakthrough cancer treatment Provenge courtesy of an FDA go-ahead that enables the addition of 36 New Jersey workstations. The news gave a boost to shares of the Seattle biotech firm that now looks forward to approval of a like number of new stations in Los Angeles.

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