Excerpts from the blog Pioneer Square startup Dipiti formally launched its "human-powered" Web search service this week. It also announced that...

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Pioneer Square startup Dipiti formally launched its “human-powered” Web search service this week. It also announced that it has hired a chief executive: Dave Rice, formerly chief executive of online classifieds venture AdPay.

Dipiti reviews and scores thousands of community forums and discussion Web sites, then draws on this information to answer queries about “life questions,” such as health, pets, finances and legal issues. Users can also review and rate the information sources.

The site says its “goal is to help online users gain answers and support through available and hard to find online resources.”

Here’s how Dipiti’s initial investor, Scott Oki of Bellevue’s Oki Developments, explained it in the release:

“Dipiti has a unique opportunity to link the contextual strength of human-filtered search with the wealth of information and advice found in vertically focused online community content,” he said.

Dipiti was founded in January 2007, launched a beta version in August and has nine employees. Its board includes Oki, Erik Anderson of WestRiver Capital and Chuck DelGrande of Presidio Merchant Partners.

Broader broadband

Qwest’s hoping to increase its share of consumer broadband service to 45 percent from its current 32 percent, according to a presentation Chief Executive Ed Mueller made to analysts Monday, part of a series of investor presentations he’s making.

My Monday column in the newspaper mentioned one he was going to make Tuesday at the Merrill Lynch Communications Services Forum. In the presentation materials Monday, Mueller said Qwest plans fiber-to-the-node upgrades reaching 1.5 million homes in 23 markets, which will cost the company $175 per home. Fiber to the node means fiber is brought to neighborhood relay stations, which then connect to homes using existing wiring.

After testing the fiber system in Colorado, Qwest found the majority of customers moved to the faster tiers of service (up to 7 megabits per second).

I haven’t listened to the material yet, but the presentation slides don’t say much about faster speeds up to 20 Mbps.

They do, however, say Qwest wants to continue its video delivery partnership, meaning it would rather resell satellite video services provided by DirectTV than offer broadband video over its network. That lessens the urgency of the company upgrading home broadband service to the 10-20 Mbps range it would need to deliver multiple streams of high-def video.

In the game

Rob Glaser is becoming the Larry Ellison of the casual-games industry.

Last week, Real bought games syndicator Trymedia from Macrovision, the latest in a series of acquisitions that Glaser’s done in the last few years to bulk up Real’s games publishing business.

Trymedia doubles Real’s game-syndication business, increasing its number of partners from 250 to 500. Trymedia also gives Real A-list partners, such as AOL, Yahoo!, Telstra, IGN and T-Online.

As Real’s syndication business grows, the company will presumably reach more fans, attract more game developers and increase the game advertising business that Real’s emphasizing.

Still to be determined is the fate of Trymedia’s 60 employees. They’re based in the Bay Area with offices in Fribourg, Switzerland; in Alicante, Spain; and in Maidenhead, U.K.

A spokesman noted that Trymedia has previously been integrated into a larger company, when it was purchased by Macrovision in 2005, “so our first step will be making sure we get the right employees and bring them into the RealGames team.”

Real didn’t discuss financial details, but it sounds as though that info will be disclosed, maybe after the deal closes later this quarter.

This material has been edited for print publication.

Brier Dudley’s blog appears Thursdays. Reach him at 206-515-5687 or bdudley@seattletimes.com.