Maybe former Microsoft executive Kai-Fu Lee will start feeling lucky in real estate, now that potential buyers of his Bellevue house know...

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Maybe former Microsoft executive Kai-Fu Lee will start feeling lucky in real estate, now that potential buyers of his Bellevue house know he’s not coming back to work in Redmond.

Lee left Microsoft for Google in July, then put his Bellevue pad up for sale last month and moved to California. But his job transfer bogged down in a little dispute over the noncompete agreement he signed at Microsoft.

Only last week did a judge give him the green light to start working at Google with some restrictions.

Lee’s legal limbo hasn’t affected efforts to sell the home, according to listing agent Tere Foster at Windermere.

“One is not really related to the other,” she said. “I don’t think people are aware [that it’s Lee’s house] other than a neighbor.”

Listing photos reveal the rooms are bare at the five-bedroom, 6,300-square-foot Lakemont house.

The house, with “high-tech cabling,” a wet bar and a jetted tub, is priced at $2.1 million and change.

Playing DVDs

About 30 percent of U.S. broadband households have three or more DVD players.

Source: The Diffusion Group

Legal filings in the case reveal that Google asked Lee to move south and become a California resident. Lee, in turn, asked the company to pay for the closing costs and commission on the sale of his Bellevue house.


We’re breathing easier now that America Online has found that most bloggers aren’t aspiring “cyberjournalists” after all.

Instead, most bloggers do it because it’s a form of self-therapy, according to an AOL survey released last week.

The survey of 600 Web users in July found that nearly 50 percent do it for self-therapy; a third write frequently about self-esteem topics.

It also found that when it comes to relieving the pressures of life or dealing with personal issues or tragedies, six times as many respondents prefer to write in their blogs or read the blogs of others suffering similar problems rather than seek professional counseling.

Only 16 percent were blogging because they’re interested in journalism, only 12 percent were trying to break news or gossip and only 8 percent were blogging to “expose political information.”

“What we’ve noticed is that bloggers aren’t necessarily wannabe journalists, or people out to break news or get noticed by the public,” Bill Schreiner, AOL Community vice president, said.

“They’re writing for themselves, and their blogs serve as a recreational and therapeutic outlet for their thoughts.”

We’re waiting for Schreiner and his boss, Dick Parsons, to share their thoughts on merging with MSN.

It’s all in the name

In telecom, everyone knows there are too many acronyms and abbreviations to count. But one Seattle company has been singled out as having a name that tells it all.

Speakeasy beat out four major competitors in a survey last week that found it had the most understandable brand name, say results released by TippingSprung.

The brand name was specific to Speakeasy’s VoIP offering. If you don’t know, that stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, also known as Internet phone service.

It figures that a survey by Verizon VoiceWing, a VoIP service, found that 87 percent of respondents didn’t know VoIP had something to do with making phone calls. Twenty percent thought it was a European hybrid car and 10 percent thought it was a low-carb vodka.

VIPs only

There was at least one ex-Microsoftie among the kings, heads of state and business bigwigs who huddled with former President Clinton last week in New York.

Brad Chase, a former Microsoft vice president turned entrepreneur and consultant, was among 600 participants at the Clinton Global Initiative session brainstorming solutions to world poverty, global warming and other challenges.

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