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Geek of the Week: Software engineer Eli White makes the world his workspace

Software engineers are in high demand, and Eli White had no shortage of opportunities upon graduating from University of Washington in December 2013, after interning at Google and Airbnb, and spending almost two years at Microsoft. His experience also included a wide range of personal projects — including a World of Warcraft bot, light tubes that flashed… Read More

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Training our future leaders: Teens learn to be innovative by tackling urban living challenges

Some of the ideas pitched on the third floor of Synapse’s office in downtown Seattle last week sounded like they came from seasoned entrepreneurs. An affordable apartment living complex made from recycled shipping containers. A mobile app designed for tourists that gamified the experience of visiting Seattle’s landmarks and local attractions. A relaxation room equipped… Read More

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Flappy Bird is back — but only for Amazon Fire TV owners

Happy Flappin’ Friday. As promised, everyone’s favorite addictive bird game is making a comeback — just not the way you probably expected. Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen today released his latest game, Flappy Bird Family. But for whatever reason, Nguyen only made it available on Amazon’s Android App Store. “Flappy Birds now are on Amazon Fire… Read More

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Amazon jumps into domain registration business

Companies looking to register a new domain name have another provider to choose from: Amazon Web Services. The company launched a domain registration service as a part of its Route 53 domain management product that also provides DNS management and a service to check the health of a web application. The rates Amazon is offering… Read More

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GeekWire Calendar Picks: Imagine Cup Day, Cannabis Tech Meetup, and more

Teams from around the world descended on the Seattle region this week for the finals of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup student technology competition, leading up to the announcement of the winning team this morning. This weekend, on Saturday, Aug. 2, the public will have chance to see their projects first-hand. Microsoft is hosting Imagine Cup Day, a showcase of the finalists in… Read More

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Chinese protesters reportedly slam Microsoft over ‘hostile takeover and violent layoffs’

Microsoft is facing more pressure in China. Five days after a report surfaced that Chinese officials were investigating Microsoft’s offices in the country, protests reportedly have erupted in the country against Microsoft over layoffs associated with the acquisition of Nokia’s phone business. According to Reuters, hundreds of protesters held banners and shouted “Microsoft’s hostile takeover and… Read More

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Australian team wins Microsoft Imagine Cup with eye-scanning health app

Two medical students from Australia won Microsoft’s Imagine Cup global student technology competition this morning, prevailing over teams from around the world with Eyenaemia, their app for screening for anemia by taking a picture of the eye. Apart from producing an innovative app, the team of Jarrel Seah and Jennifer Tang didn’t hurt their chances by making a none-too-subtle reference… Read More

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Facebook slowly recovering from morning outage

It’s Friday, which means it’s prime time for making weekend plans with friends on Facebook, or at least enviously reading updates from friends who have weekend plans. But today, that’s hit a snag. The Facebook home page has been replaced with an error message saying that something has gone wrong, and users of the company’s… Read More

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Outerwall blames Hollywood for lower Redbox sales

Outerwall, Inc., the Bellevue-based company that operates the popular Redbox video rental kiosks, said in its earnings press release that the company saw lower-than-expected revenues because of a “weak content release schedule” in June. Overall, the company reported $549.2 million in revenue, which missed analyst expectations for its top line by more than $11 million…. Read More

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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