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Seattle’s ride-sharing regulations are suspended; Mayor wants to negotiate with stakeholders

Seattle’s ride-sharing controversy just took an unexpected turn. A coalition group has collected enough signatures to suspend a newly-passed ordinance regulating companies like UberX and Lyft, and now Mayor Ed Murray wants to work with all stakeholders to reach a new agreement. The group, which received more than $400,000 in donations from Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, submitted more than… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Innovation of the Year

We’re back with another day of voting in the GeekWire Awards, our annual community-wide effort to identify the top technology companies and innovators in the Pacific Northwest. And today’s category is an important one: Innovation of the Year. As with each of our categories, the five finalists below were nominated by the community and then selected with… Read More

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Amazon Fire TV voice search will soon work with Hulu, Crackle, Showtime content

Amazon announced today that it is expanding voice search capability for its Fire TV set-top box to include Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime Anytime content. Currently, the voice search feature only scours Amazon’s own content on Prime Instant Video and Vevo TV, the music video app. This summer, however, when you search for something by speaking into… Read More

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Intellectual Ventures’ licensing chief resigns, leaving deputies in charge

Intellectual Ventures’ top licensing executive, Andy Elder, has resigned his post for personal reasons and will depart at the end of the month, the company said today. It’s a major departure for Intellectual Ventures, which relies heavily on licensing revenue. Elder has been the company’s dealmaker-in-chief, leading the team that licenses Intellectual Ventures’ large portfolio of… Read More

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Windows Phone Diary: My 5 favorite tweaks in WP 8.1

Using previous versions of Microsoft’s Windows Phone could feel at times like interacting with a high-school graphic arts project, with its tendency toward large, spaced-out typography (as shown on the device to the right) creating a general lack of information density. But that’s no longer the case in Windows Phone 8.1 (as you can see in the device at left). That’s… Read More

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Facebook’s new ‘Nearby Friends’ feature aims to help users connect in real life

Facebook is rolling out a “Nearby Friends” feature to its mobile app, aiming to help users get together with people they know. When two friends who both have the feature enabled come into range with one another, they’ll get a push notification that says they’re in the area. Don’t worry, it’s optional, and opt-in. The feature… Read More

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This marijuana startup is looking to raise $50M to help people find, purchase pot

For Brendan Kennedy, Michael Blue and Christian Groh, raising money a few years ago was a real slog. The reason was simple: Investors were wary of putting money behind a company that was involved in the marijuana industry. But now, as cannabis use has become more accepted and a majority of Americans now favor legalization, the three founders of Seattle-based Privateer Holdings are rolling… Read More

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New data: T-Mobile leads Q1 subscriber growth in U.S.

It seems like T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” moves are continuing to work. According to a report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, T-Mobile saw the greatest subscriber growth out of any U.S. carrier during the first quarter of 2014. The Bellevue-based carrier has been working hard to woo new subscribers with a number of competitive moves, and announced in… Read More

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Nokia suspends sales of Lumia 2520 tablet in Europe over faulty chargers

Nokia today told users of its Lumia 2520 Windows 8.1 tablets to discontinue use of travel chargers purchased in several countries, including the U.S., as well as a wall charger sold with the device in several European countries. The company has “temporarily delayed” sales of the tablet and the travel charger in the affected European countries, and… Read More

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Google Fiber signs franchise agreement with Portland

Portland is one step closer to having laser-quick Google Fiber Internet installed throughout its city. Google has signed a preliminary 10-year franchise agreement with the Rose City, The Oregonian reports. It’s not a done deal quite yet. City Council must approve the agreement, details over where to set up infrastructure need to be decided and Google still must assess… Read More

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Amazon and Samsung partner on special Kindle app, book deals

A specialized app called “Kindle for Samsung” will debut this month, starting on the Samsung Galaxy S5, under an agreement announced this morning between Amazon and Samsung. Under the partnership, Samsung tablet and smartphone users will also get one free Kindle book a month. The deal is notable in part because Amazon is separately poised to become… Read More

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Streik! German workers at Amazon to walk off job today

Some German workers at Amazon.com are expected to walk off the job today, part of an ongoing protest organized by the labor union Verdi. The Wall Street Journal reports that hundreds of workers at fulfillment centers in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld are set to stage an all-day strike, beginning with the first shift. Amazon employs about… Read More

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PlayStation 4 sales hit 7M

Sony announced a new milestone for the PlayStation 4 today, as the company has sold through more than 7 million consoles globally as of April 6. On March 4, Sony noted that it passed 6 million consoles sold worldwide. The company, which launched the PS4 on Nov. 15, also announced today that more than 20.5 million copies of… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for App of the Year

Marijuana, music, a secure Internet connection and the iPad. What more could a person want? OK, that’s a stretch, but those do represent some of the top trends in technology and our broader culture over the past year, and they’re also well-represented among the finalists for App of the Year in the GeekWire Awards: Leafly, Cloak… Read More

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Cardiac Dimensions raises $20M to sell heart-valve repair technology

AlCardiac Dimensions, a Kirkland-based company building heart-valve repair technology, today announced a $20 million round of financing led by M. H. Carnegie & Co. and Lumira Capital. Founded in 2001, Cardiac Dimensions has developed a way to address cardiovascular conditions with its Carillon Mitral Contour System, a non-surgical device that treats a form of congestive heart failure… Read More

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Google sells out of its one-day supply of Glass

Google says it ran out of slots for people interested in purchasing Google Glass during a one-day promotion Tuesday when the head-mounted device was available for sale to the public. Like previous buyers of Google’s hardware, purchasers from this latest round had to pay $1,500 plus tax for the latest “Explorer Edition” hardware in their choice of… Read More