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Amazon’s Zocalo launches broadly, taking on Google, Box and Microsoft in enterprise collaboration

Amazon Zocalo, the new enterprise collaboration service from Amazon Web Services, is now available for everyone to use, the company announced in a blog post today. After spending a little more than a month in an invitation-only preview, the service has now hit general availability for any AWS user. The service is designed to serve… Read More

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AT&T and Verizon beef up cell service at Oregon, Washington college football stadiums

College football fans in the Northwest will have an easier time sending tweets and uploading pictures from their smartphones this fall. The University of Oregon announced today that both AT&T and Verizon have installed a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at Autzen Stadium, just in time for the 2014 college football season. The addition will help… Read More

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Twitter now lets anyone use its free analytics tool

If you’re wondering how many people — or how few — interacted with your most recent tweet, well, Twitter has the answers. Twitter’s analytics tool, which was previously available only to verified users, advertisers, and card publishers, is now open to any English, Spanish, French, and Japanese user who has had an account for at… Read More

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Bluetooth-enabled cooler breaks Kickstarter record for most-funded campaign

Most successful Kickstarter campaigns exceed funding goals by a couple hundred, or maybe even a thousand dollars. But what Ryan Grepper has accomplished is unprecedented. The Portland inventor of the “Coolest Cooler” just set a new Kickstarter record for the most-funded campaign ever. The geeked-out cooler, which features a built-in bluetooth speaker, USB charger, blender, cutting board,… Read More

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Microsoft lobbies vacationing D.C. decision-makers with full-page ads in Martha’s Vineyard and Outer Banks newspapers

It’s the build-up to the long Labor Day weekend, so how can someone reach key decision-makers from Washington, D.C.? Take out ads in local newspapers in some of the most popular East Coast vacation destinations, apparently. That’s exactly what Microsoft is doing to bring attention to its Digital Constitution campaign, its challenge to the U.S. government’s attempt to obtain customer email… Read More

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Starbucks cancels thousands of Gold accounts over issues with birthday information

Loyal Starbucks customers are waking up to some frustrating news this morning. The Seattle coffee giant is canceling Gold Card reward accounts of members over issues with its compliance policy. Scott King, a writer and photographer from Texas, told GeekWire that his membership card was canceled because Starbucks didn’t have proof that he was over 13 years… Read More

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Dropbox Pro picks up new features, lower prices

Dropbox has updated its Dropbox Pro premium online storage product today in order to make large amounts of storage more affordable and provide some key new security features. Starting today, premium subscribers will get 1 TB of storage for $9.99 a month, or $99 a year, which is a major upgrade over Dropbox’s past pricing…. Read More

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Microsoft to sell standalone Xbox One Kinect sensor for $150 this October

Four months after it began selling the Xbox One without a Kinect sensor in June, Microsoft will now offer up a way for customers to purchase the motion-tracking device separately. The company announced today that a standalone Kinect will be available starting Oct. 7 for $149.99 — that’s $50 cheaper than the Kinect for Windows. The Kinect for Xbox… Read More

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Amazon touts Student program with $5K college scholarships

Amazon is handing out college scholarships in an effort to have more people sign up for its Amazon Student program. The Seattle company today announced that it will award 50 full-time undergraduate students with $5,000 for tuition and another $500 to spend on textbooks on Amazon. The scholarships will be awarded to students who “demonstrate extraordinary ability in leadership and… Read More

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Porch adds former Market Leader CEO Ian Morris to board

Ian Morris, the former CEO of real estate technology company Market Leader, has joined the board of directors of Porch, the fast-growing home improvement data startup headquartered in Seattle. Morris brings a “tremendous amount of expertise” in areas including ramping up a sales team and selling to small businesses, said Porch CEO Matt Ehrlichman via phone… Read More

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Sticking close to innovation roots, Arch Venture Partners raises oversubscribed $400M fund

Arch Venture Partners has operated longer than most venture capital firms by sticking close to its knitting.  And now the 28-year-old firm has even more cash to continue funding early-stage biotechnology, materials science and energy startups, capitalizing on a good run of late. The firm, with offices in Chicago, Seattle, Austin, San Francisco and Europe,… Read More

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Watch out, GoDaddy: Google’s no-fuss domain service poses threat to traditional registrars

Yesterday morning, Google let me into its new invite-only domain registration service, and I decided to give it a test run to figure out how scared traditional domain registration companies should be of the Internet giant encroaching on their territory. After my tests, if I were an executive at GoDaddy, Namecheap, or any other company that… Read More

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Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser moving to Seattle’s Pioneer Square tech hub

Weyerhaeuser, a 114-year-old forestry company based in Federal Way, Wash., is moving its workforce to the 200 Occidental building in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood.    Brian Wilson, chief of staff to Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, told GeekWire via telephone this afternoon that the company will move 800 employees to Seattle in late 2016 and sell… Read More

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Poll: Will Uber’s questionable marketing tactics force you to choose Lyft, or a taxi?

The Verge has a fascinating story today that examines Uber’s questionable recruiting tactics that is part of an attempt to take down its largest competitor. Internal documents show that Uber hires independent contractors to take Lyft rides as a way to convince drivers to leave Lyft and work for Uber. Some of these recruiters cancel Lyft rides to… Read More

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T-Mobile expands family plan deal, adds data for tablet owners

Another day, another deal from T-Mobile. The Bellevue-based wireless carrier today revealed yet another promotion, this time expanding its family plans and offering more data capacity for tablet owners. T-Mobile customers on a family plan can now add up to 10 lines for $10 each per month, up from a previous allotment of five lines. The… Read More