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Imprezzio purchases Portland Web firm

Tue., April 30, 2013

Spokane software company Imprezzio has acquired Portland-based Web design firm Bad Kitty Studios.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Imprezzio is a custom developer of software services for enterprise clients around the world. Its offices are in downtown Spokane.

The company said buying Bad Kitty is a part of its corporate “evolution.”

Bad Kitty Studios has been in business in the Portland area since 2002.

An Imprezzio news release said the newly acquired Bad Kitty team will complement the services of Imprezzio Marketing. That subsidiary, also based in Spokane, offers social media consulting, search engine optimization and other services.

Red Lion in Arizona marks first for chain

Red Lion Hotels will brand its first Arizona hotel, the 162-room Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Tempe-ASU.

The hotel will change into a leased Red Lion facility at the end of May.

While it has 50 hotels across the western United States, this will be Red Lion’s first location in Arizona. The new hotel is near Arizona State University in Tempe, helping make it attractive to both sports and leisure travelers, Red Lion Vice President Ron Burgett said.

The existing owner, VRE Holdings LLC, will continue operating the hotel.

Google releases foe for Apple’s Siri

SAN FRANCISCO – Google is trying to upstage Siri, the sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

The duel began Monday with the release of a free iPhone and iPad app that features Google Now, a technology that performs many of the same functions as Siri.

It’s the first time that Google Now has been available on devices that aren’t running on the latest version of Google Inc.’s Android software. The 9-month-old technology is part of an upgrade to Google’s search application for iOS, the Apple Inc. software that powers the iPhone and iPad.

Google Now’s invasion of Siri’s turf marks Google Inc.’s latest attempt to lure iPhone and iPad users away from a service that Apple built into its own devices.

Sprint can pursue information from Dish

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Sprint Nextel says SoftBank is allowing it to seek more information from Dish Network related to its rival bid for the third-largest U.S. cellphone company.

Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint has agreed to sell 70 percent of itself to Japan’s Softbank Corp. for $20.1 billion. But it recently got a competing $25.5 billion offer from Dish Network Corp. for the whole company.

Under the agreement with SoftBank, Sprint can enter into a nondisclosure agreement and talks with Dish so it can clarify and obtain additional information from Dish related to its bid for the company.

Sprint isn’t allowed to provide nonpublic information to Dish and can’t enter into negotiations with the company.

SoftBank says it is confident in its offer and expects the deal to close in July.

Safeway picks Edwards to replace CEO Burd

Safeway Inc. has named company President Robert Edwards as its new CEO, to succeed Steven Burd when he retires in May.

The supermarket chain announced in January that Burd would retire this spring after more than 20 years with the grocer.

Burd has been CEO of Safeway since 1993 and was named chairman in 1998. Edwards will join the board upon taking his new position.


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