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Former MTV CEO Judy McGrath joins Amazon’s board

Former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath is joining the Amazon board of directors, boosting the company’s Hollywood credentials at a time when Amazon is attempting to compete aggressively in digital music and streaming video. The company disclosed McGrath’s election to the board in an SEC filing this morning. She brings the total number of Amazon directors to… Read More

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More than a great view: How Seattle’s iconic Space Needle is going digital

Take the elevator to the top and enjoy the view. That’s been the main attraction at Seattle’s iconic Space Needle for pretty much all of its 52-year history. The Needle hopes to change that starting this summer with a series of impressive digital enhancements. “We want to be the and,” says Karen Olson, the Needle’s vice president of marketing. “An amazing view,… Read More

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Expedia shares up 4% after posting Q2 revenue of $1.5B

Shares of Expedia rose Thursday after the Bellevue online travel giant beat analyst expectations with its second quarter earnings. The Bellevue-based travel giant reported adjusted net income of $137.6 million (up 52% from last year) on revenues of $1.5 billion (up 24% from last year), both of which eclipsed Wall Street’s predictions. The stock was up more then… Read More

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Tableau shares up 3% after earnings beat expectations with $90M in revenue

Shares of Tableau Software were up 3 percent in after-hours trading Thursday after the company beat analyst expectations in its quarterly earnings report. For Q2 2014, the Seattle-based maker of data visualization tools made $90.7 million in revenue, an increase of 82 percent from this time last year. Analysts expected $79.7 million in revenue. Tableau also posted a… Read More

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Jintronix raises more cash from Madrona to help patients rehab with Microsoft’s Kinect

Microsoft’s Kinect sensor isn’t just for playing games — it’s also being used to help physical therapy patients recover from injuries in more efficient ways than ever. One company making this possible is Jintronix, a Seattle-based startup that is set to raise a $1.2 million round led by Madrona Venture Group. The company, which moved its… Read More

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Office for iPad gets PivotTables, presenter view and more with new update

Microsoft’s Office for iPad suite received a massive update today, and gained a bunch of capabilities that users have been requesting. The refresh includes a number of suite-wide capabilities, including the ability to export a file to PDF for easier sharing outside of the Office ecosystem. The update also adds support for third-party fonts users can… Read More

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Portland legalizes Airbnb — is Uber next?

Airbnb will soon become legal in Portland, Ore., after city leaders agreed to issue licenses that will allow people to rent out their bedrooms. “We are thrilled that Portland is joining the ranks of innovative cities around the world that are moving forward and embracing the sharing economy,” Airbnb wrote in a blog post. “Portland was… Read More

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Sony crushes Microsoft in console sales during last 3 months

Sony is winning the console war. The gaming giant posted its quarterly earnings report today and noted 3.5 million Playstation consoles sold worldwide — that includes both the PS4 and PS3. During the same time period, Microsoft reported earlier this month that it sold 1.1 million Xbox consoles, which includes the Xbox One and Xbox… Read More

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Chart: Venture capitalists are once again seeing solid returns (and beating Wall Street)

The high-risk, high-reward game of venture capital appears to be paying dividends again. After a long dry spell in which investors were better off putting money into public stocks, venture capitalists are now beating their public market compatriots. Venture capital fund performance improved in nearly every time period for the quarter ended March 31, with… Read More

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T-Mobile posts Q2 profit, surpasses 50M customers

T-Mobile is not only adding millions of customers per quarter, but now the company is back in the green. The Bellevue-based wireless carrier turned a profit of $391 million in the second quarter while adding another 1.5 million customers — its fifth consecutive quarter of subscriber growth. The profit, which follows a $154 million loss in… Read More

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Nordstrom buys men’s clothing service Trunk Club

Nordstrom is buying Chicago-based Trunk Club, a shopping service that helps men find the perfect outfit. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “What Trunk Club is doing in the personal styling space is a natural extension of our core business,” said Erik Nordstrom, president of Nordstrom Direct, in a press release. “This acquisition is… Read More

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Once foes, now friends: Uber, for-hire drivers team up for ‘Driver Appreciation Day’

Earlier this year, drivers from for-hire companies in Seattle would attend City Council meetings and publicly voice their displeasure with new startups like Uber and Lyft. Now, though, those feelings have appeared to go away. Less than a month after the Seattle City Council passed legislation to legalize transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, the… Read More

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How geeks go camping: Drones, lasers and more from ToorCamp 2014

Editor’s Note: Amal Graafstra was one of hundreds of people who attended ToorCamp, a summer camp for geeks earlier this month on the Washington coast. The author of the book RFID Toys and a “double RFID implantee,” Graafstra documents the experience in this guest post. A whole gaggle of hackers, makers, breakers, and shakers gathered on the shores of Neah Bay, on the Washington… Read More

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GeekWork: Great jobs at F5, Zillow, Avalara, and more

F5 Networks is a quiet tech giant, but many of us rely on its infrastructure every day. The company, which helps online services and cloud applications run smoothly, employs over 3,300 people, pulls in $1.5 billion in annual revenue and has a market value of more than $8.6 billion. Despite competition from cloud services, F5 is going strong,… Read More

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Google exec: Cloud price wars have only just begun

Google’s cloud team is on a city-by-city roadshow, trying to persuade developers to use Google Cloud Platform to run their apps and online services, leveraging the technology developed by Google to run its own massive cloud services. Today the tour stopped in the backyard of Microsoft and Amazon, with a message: Cloud prices haven’t been dropping quickly enough, and Google is aiming to… Read More

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Wireless pioneer John Stanton named to Microsoft board in latest bid by software giant to gain ground in mobile

John Stanton helped transform the mobile industry over the past three decades, serving in executive roles at McCaw Celluar; Western Wireless and VoiceStream Wireless. He’s also the former chairman of Bellevue-based Clearwire. Now the mobile phone pioneer is going to help guide Microsoft as it embarks on a challenging course of catching up to Apple… Read More

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Rob Glaser is officially back as RealNetworks CEO, shedding ‘interim’ title after two years

More than two years after returning as the interim CEO of RealNetworks, founder Rob Glaser was named the company’s permanent chief executive this afternoon — shedding the “interim” title and officially reclaiming the position that he held for more than 15 years. The decision by the RealNetworks board, announced this afternoon, speaks in part to the difficulty… Read More