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Yes, Steve Ballmer is overpaying for the Los Angeles Clippers

Newsflash: Steve Ballmer is paying too much for the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPN obtained financial documents that reveal expected 2014 revenue for the Clippers, a team that Ballmer is set to purchase for $2 billion. The “bid book,” which was used by current owner Shelly Sterling as an exhibit in court, reveals that the Clippers should make… Read More

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A tasty trend or a bubble? Why investors and entrepreneurs are so bullish on food delivery

Back in 2011, when Scott Stanford and Shervin Pishevar led separate investments in Uber’s $37 million Series B round back in 2011, fellow investors and other friends scoffed. “Why are you guys investing in a limo company?” the naysayers asked. While Uber is now operating in 128 cities and valued at $18 billion, Stanford and Pishevar went on to start… Read More

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Uber app arrives on Microsoft’s Windows Phone

Uber, the popular on-demand ride service, launched its first native Windows Phone app today, filling a notable gap in Microsoft’s mobile marketplace. The app, available here, works in the same way as Uber’s existing apps for iPhone and Android, letting users request, track and pay for a ride via the app. Previously, Windows Phone users needed… Read More

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Why Comcast just added a $1.50 ‘Broadcast TV Fee’ to your monthly bill

At the beginning of this year, Comcast began charging customers a controversial new fee of $1.50 to cover the costs of certain programming. Called the “Broadcast TV Fee,” the new line item has just started appearing on the bills of Washington state residents to the ire of local customers. Besides price hikes typically upsetting customers, this one… Read More

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Seattle police say cell networks may get bogged down at Torchlight Parade, urge revelers to text

Heading to Saturday’s big Torchlight Parade in downtown Seattle? The Seattle Police Department has a message for you: Text instead of call, and limit your social media tendencies. In a blog post, the police department noted that the “region’s privately-owned cellular networks may become taxed by throngs of cell-phone wielding revelers.” Because of that, they… Read More

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Fire phone review: Amazon’s phone is a solid first try, but the magic tricks are a little much

Look closely at Amazon’s new Fire phone and you’ll notice four sensors, one in each corner on the front of the device. These are cameras and infrared LEDs that detect the position of your head relative to the phone in real time. This lets the Fire phone pull off some pretty amazing technological tricks. Move the phone around in your hand… Read More

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Tech Moves: Urbanspoon names CEO; Bsquare CFO to depart; Ian Lurie returns as Portent CEO; and more

—Eight months after joining Urbanspoon, Keela Robison has been promoted to CEO from SVP and general manager. She is the first to hold the title in several years, following the Seattle company’s acquisition by IAC. Robison will draw heavily on her background for the job, given the restaurant review site’s investments in mobile. Most recently, Robison… Read More

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Microsoft mum on Xbox One sales; notes 1.1M ‘Xbox consoles’ shipped in past 3 months

Microsoft hasn’t reported Xbox One sales statistics for quite some time, and that didn’t change with today’s quarterly earnings report. The company noted that it sold 1.1 million Xbox consoles to retailers worldwide in the past three months — that’s counting both Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. It’s unclear how many were actually sold to consumers…. Read More

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Apple posts mixed quarterly financial report with $37.4B in revenue, EPS of $1.28

Apple announced today that it made $37.43 billion in revenue during its fiscal third quarter, up more than 6 percent year-over-year. That’s on the high end of Apple’s guidance from earlier this year, but missed high analyst expectations of $38 billion in quarterly revenue. The company also beat expectations with earnings of $1.28 per share, up… Read More

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Microsoft revenue up 18%, beating expectations, but profits come up short

Microsoft posted $23.4 billion in revenue for the June quarter, a 17.5 percent increase, but its earnings of 55 cents a share fell short of analysts’ expectations as the company reflected the acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business on its financial statements for the first time. Companywide profits (net income) fell to $4.6 billion, a 7 percent decline… Read More

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Food on demand: We tested 7 meal delivery services, and here’s who came out on top

The process of delivering food isn’t rocket science, nor is it novel. Someone orders a meal, and another person delivers it. But for whatever reason, there seems to be a food delivery bubble expanding nationwide — and particularly in Seattle. Caviar. Munchery. Postmates. Peachd. Lish. Bitesquad. Eat24. GrubHub. If you’re craving food but don’t want to leave… Read More

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Amazon begins testing a mobile wallet app, but stops short of enabling payments

Amazon has 244 million active customers, who trust the e-commerce behemoth to keep their credit cards on file, and yet, the Seattle-based company has done very little to exploit that position. At least, not until now. Last week, Amazon quietly rolled out a mobile application called the Amazon Wallet that will allow customers to scan and save gift… Read More