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LinkedIn's purchase of mSpoke puts Pittsburgh on the map, says Sean Ammirati

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Nothing could be better for the region than LinkedIn's purchase of Pittsburgh startup mSpoke, says an ecstatic Sean Ammirati this week following the news that the premier social networking company planned to integrate the technology into its social networking platform.

"This is definitely good news for the region!" says the co-founder and CEO. "It's fantastic to see one of the best Silicon Valley companies take advantage of mSpoke's technology, which will flourish when infused with LinkedIn's 75 million members. I've never been more optimistic about Pittsburgh.

"Pittsburgh has long been a leader in recommendation search engines and text analysis capabilities, given its ties to CMU," Ammirati adds. "These connections bode well for the region because it puts us on the map."

Ammirati will remain in Pittsburgh to focus his energy as COO of ReadWriteWeb, one of the largest technology blogs in the country offering insightful commentary on the Internet and industry. Only two of the company's employees will move to Linked In, including mSpoke co-founder Dean Thompson, CTO.

Founded in 2006, mSpoke helps to manage Internet information by analyzing a person's Internet history to deliver relevant content to users. mSpoke's FeedHub is an online web platform that works like other RSS tools to give readers the content they care about. Mspoke is an Innovation Works company.

Writer: Deb Smit

Source: Sean Ammirati, mSpoke

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