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Bing Don’t Lie: Microsoft algorithm accurately predicts outcome of ‘The Voice’

So far, so good for Microsoft’s foray into pop-culture predictions. By crunching data from social networks and the company’s Bing search engine, Microsoft was able to correctly predict the two contestants eliminated from “The Voice” on Tuesday night. Sorry, Dani Moz and TJ Wilkins, but the algorithm was right. Maybe that’s what Shakira was pissed about. Microsoft had originally predicted that… Read More

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Whole Foods is turning overripe produce into fertilizer with this geeky machine

Just when you thought Whole Foods couldn’t get any more green, well, now the organic grocery store is. The Austin-based market announced today that its Bellevue, Wash. location will soon begin converting food scraps into organic fertilizer that can be sold to farmers and consumers. The process is made possible by Redmond-based WISErg, which has built a geeky machine called the “Harvester.” WISErg… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Gadget of the Year

An iPad-enabled microscope camera. A sensor that can detect water leaks in homes. A camera lens for mobile phones. These are just a few of the sweet devices up for our GeekWire Awards Gadget of the Year category, which features some of the most impressive pieces of hardware that entrepreneurs in this region have built. As… Read More

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Analysts project flat March quarter financials from Apple

Apple is going to announce its quarterly earnings tomorrow, and investors are skeptically watching the company to see what’s new. Last quarter, Apple’s stock fell following its earnings release after the company announced guidance for this quarter that showed a year-over-year revenue decline, in part because of some changes in accounting practices. But while the drop… Read More

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Kids activity Web site Sigby shuts doors; Tohula fades away too

Seattle-based Sigby is saying sayonara — just fifteen months after the company raised $1.2 million in cash from WRF Capital, Clear Fir and Trilogy Equity Partners. “Thanks for coming on the adventure with us, but Sigby is closing its doors,” says a message on the company’s Web site. Founded by former venture capitalist Katie Thompson, Sigby created a… Read More

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Placester closes $5.5M round for yet another online real estate idea

Here’s another spin on bringing the real estate industry online that could enable any agent to compete directly with the likes of Zillow or Redfin. Boston-based Placester announced today it has raised $5.5 million in capital to create a publishing platform that offers consumer search, real estate inventory info and related ad products. The company’s founder, Matt Barba, who was a… Read More

TINYpulse founder David Niu (right) spent six months abroad with his family, interviewing business owners and learning all about people management, culture and leadership.

Startup advice: CEO shares lessons in company culture, employee morale with free book

When you travel to 15 countries and interview entrepreneurs about their advice on management, culture and leadership, you’re bound to come away with some useful insight. That’s exactly what TINYhr CEO David Niu did two years ago, buying a one-way ticket to New Zealand with his wife and 10-month old daughter. Not only did the six-month trip… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for the Next Tech Titan

We’re back with another category in the GeekWire Awards, and today is a biggie. Next Tech Titan recognizes the company that’s on the brink of stardom, a fast-growing enterprise that could knock off a traditional powerhouse or dominate (or change) an industry altogether. Past winners of the this award have included Tableau Software and Zulily… Read More

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Study: Sales tax cuts into Amazon’s sales, as consumers look to other online retailers

Laws that require online retailers to collect local sales tax are hitting Amazon particularly hard, according to a new study by researchers at Ohio State University. Amazon’s sales in states where it collected sales tax decreased about 10 percent, compared to states that don’t require tax collection. In turn, brick-and-mortar retailers in those states saw a 2… Read More

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Lytro’s new angle reflects the future of photography

Lytro this morning unveiled its second-generation light field camera, called the Illum — a DSLR-style device that creates “living images” designed to be refocused after taking the shot. As a follow-on to the company’s original Lytro device, the new Illum is getting strong early reviews. But beyond the photographic magic, the camera’s hardware is also notable. Artefact, the Seattle-based product design… Read More

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Online presentation startup 9Slides buys Seattle’s Now Meeting

Two Seattle area startups are joining forces with the goal of helping workers communicate more effectively. 9Slides, the 3-year-old online presentation company started by former Microsoftie Ruchit Garg, is buying Now Meeting, the latest startup from serial entrepreneur Shane Jones. As a result of the deal, Jones, who previously founded Seattle-based Daptiv, is joining 9Slides… Read More

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This startup figured out how to charge devices wirelessly through walls from 40 feet away

It’s been more than 12 years since Hatem Zeine first shared his crazy idea for wireless power with friends and colleagues. Back then, though, none of his peers really believed anything Zeine said. “And your next invention is time travel, right?” they would respond. Well, time travel isn’t quite here yet. But wireless charging — the kind that… Read More

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Portland startup and TechStars Seattle grad Glider acquired by FPX

TechStars Seattle grad Glider, a Portland startup developing tools to streamline the sales contract process at organizations, has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by Dallas-based FPX. It marks the second acquisition in the past two months of a Portland startup which graduated from the TechStars Seattle program, following the acquisition of Vizify by… Read More

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ServiceNow expands in Seattle, opens new tech center with room for 250

ServiceNow, a publicly-traded enterprise cloud services company, is the latest Silicon Valley tech powerhouse to mine the Seattle area for talent. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based, with $424 million in sales last year and about 2,000 employees worldwide, recently took over 42,000 square feet of space at Kirkland-based office complex Carillon Point, GeekWire has learned. The… Read More

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Utrip raises $750K to help plan your next vacation itinerary

Planning a trip can be a stressful task, and one Seattle startup wants to use artificial intelligence and local expertise to do it for you. Utrip today launched out of beta and also announced that it has raised $750,000 in a round led by Virtuoso CEO Matthew Upchurch and New York-based CB Alliance. Utrip, founded in April 2011… Read More

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Bertha delayed: World’s largest tunnel boring machine won’t dig again until 2015

Bertha must be real bored by now. The world’s largest tunnel boring machine, which is digging a 1.7-mile underground tunnel in Seattle, will not resume operations until March 2015. Bertha was damaged in December after digging just 1,000 feet and has not moved since. Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), the contractor group managing the project, said today that it will spend… Read More

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Nokia smartphone business to be called ‘Microsoft Mobile’ after $7.2B deal closes

“Microsoft Mobile” — that’s a name you might hear more often once Microsoft’s $7.2 billion deal to acquire Nokia’s Devices and Services business officially closes on Friday. In a letter obtained by NokiaPowerUser that was reportedly sent from Nokia to its suppliers, Microsoft will change the “Nokia” name to “Microsoft Mobile,” at least for behind-the-scenes legal documentation, and… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Geek of the Year

It’s time to kick off the voting in another key GeekWire Awards category — Geek of the Year. This is a special award, designed to recognize not just technical prowess but also efforts to strengthen the broader technology community. Reflecting that spirit, the voting in this category last year resulted in a rare tie, with computer scientist Oren… Read More