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Two Seattle Online Electronics Startups Gain Momentum

Seattle Tech Roundup for Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Maveron, Ram Shriram, Hugh Crean and others invest $6 million in Decide.com GeekWire

With $6M in new backing, Decide.com aims to bolster its staff, build a strong brand and battle the buyer remorse that often occurs with consumer electronic buys. Despite the obvious comparison to Sparkbuy, Decide CEO Mike Fridgen – who brings an impressive travel background – insists there’s room for both players in Seattle.

Sparkbuy Adds Product Selection from Best Buy in Quest to Make Electronics Shopping as Powerful as Online Travel Xconomy

Taking a cue from the online travel biz, Sparkbuy is teaming with Best Buy to enhance electronics shopping. The potent pairing gives Dan Shapiro’s company a jump on Decide.com, another Seattle contender vying in the same online arena.

Is Amazon’s new Kindle deal good for the public library? TechFlash

The planned debut of Kindle Lending Library by Amazon.com, in partnership with digital content provider OverDrive, will give users around the nation access to public library collections. It remains to be seen if a trip to the library can compete with the Whispersync enhanced ebook experience.

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