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Cool hack: Here’s how to find your Uber passenger rating

One unique part about companies like Uber and Lyft is the ability for riders to rate their drivers, and vice versa. The transparent grading system helps the startups monitor driver performance, while also giving passengers a way to provide feedback on their experience. But while Uber and Lyft riders can see driver ratings, it’s not possible to… Read More

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GeekWire vs. Yedlin: What happened when we challenged a World Cup star at FIFA 14

As soon as DeAndre Yedlin initiated the slightly-difficult fake-shot trick just 30 seconds into our virtual match, it became obvious that I was facing off against an experienced FIFA 14 gamer. This was going to be fun. Thanks to Golazo and a massive truck filled with gaming consoles, we had the sweet opportunity this past Friday to see if professional soccer players are… Read More

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Some of the happiest states in the U.S. are the most ‘connected’

What makes you happy? Sunshine. Long walks on the beach. A cool mountain stream. How about Internet connectivity? A poll conducted by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that those states with the best home Internet connections, also happened rank high for having the happiest people. “Statistically significant evidence exists to conclude, in general, people who live… Read More

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Seattle City Council asks Jeff Bezos to treat Amazon.com’s security guards better

The Seattle City Council isn’t happy with how some Amazon.com security workers are being treated. All nine councilmembers penned a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos this week, asking that he address concerns shared by the Seattle Human Rights Commission over the treatment of workers hired by Security Industry Specialists (SIS), an Amazon subcontractor. The… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Fire phone, iPhone 6 and Microsoft’s smartwatch, with Essex Porter and Andru Edwards

We get a glimpse of the future this week on the GeekWire radio show, talking about Amazon’s newly released Fire phone, the widely rumored iPhone 6, and Microsoft’s unannounced smartwatch — with some Windows Phone thrown in for good measure. Joining me in the studio are Andru Edwards, editor of the GearLive tech news site, who extends his record as our… Read More

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App of the Week: CoupConnect lets you manage, buy and sell daily deals

So you bought a coupon for discounted car repair, or a haircut at the local salon, but it turns out you can’t use it? An app called CoupConnect aims to solve the problem — providing a secondary market for users to buy and sell daily deals. CoupConnect, developed by Seattle-area entrepreneur Prateek Jetly, was originally launched as a way for users… Read More

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Portland’s Househappy raises more cash for real estate listings portal

Portland-based real estate listings startup Househappy has raised $2 million of a $2.75 million round, according to a regulatory filing. The company, which launched last year and previously reeled in $1.5 million this past November, offers a simple photo-driven website that lists more than 2 million properties for sale. Real estate agents can post their listings on Househappy for free, while buyers… Read More

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Geeky study: Yes, Geocaching can help you lose weight

When you think about geocaching, the first thing that probably comes to mind are GPS-enabled nerds walking around the woods or city streets in search of hidden treasure. Well, that’s in part true. But there’s actually more to the hobby then meets the eye — or the waist line for that matter. A new study… Read More

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Uber launches in Oregon, but stays away from Portland for now

Uber is now operating in Oregon, but has yet to conduct business in the state’s most populous city. The transportation startup launched its UberX service in Salem and Eugene earlier this week, allowing citizens to hail rides from people driving their own personal cars. But Uber is still staying out of Portland. As we highlighted in January,… Read More

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Amazon shares dip more than 11% as Fire smartphone debuts

Investors aren’t too thrilled with Amazon’s most recent quarterly earnings report. Amazon shares were down more than 11 percent on Friday morning, one day after Amazon saw revenue increase 23 percent to $19 billion in the second quarter, but missed expectations with a quarterly loss of $126 million. The Seattle online giant warned that losses in the third quarter… Read More

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Microsoft says it will closely monitor the impact of contractor policy changes

Microsoft is getting lots of attention for a new policy that will prevent its large contract workforce from accessing company buildings and the internal network after 18 months on the job — requiring a six-month break even for “v-dash” vendors who previously were on indefinite assignments. It’s a significant change in policy that promises to make many Microsoft teams think twice about using large numbers of… Read More

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Cancer research company Immune Design raises $60M in IPO

Trading on the NASDAQ under the ticker IMDZ, Seattle biotech company Immune Design today priced its initial public offering at $12 per share and raised $60 million. The company, which is working on novel technologies that activate the body’s immune system to fight cancer, had previously set its IPO range at $12 to $14 per share with… Read More

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Amazon employee buzzes Seattle’s Space Needle with drone

An Amazon.com employee allegedly flew a drone right past Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, sparking even more debate in a city which has grappled with how unmanned aerial vehicles fit into society. The employee, who was visiting from out of town, told police that the drone did not hit the structure as some reports earlier indicated…. Read More