Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick.

Having Uber, Lyft in Portland not a top priority for city’s lawmakers

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday to discuss the hiring of expert campaigner David Plouffe, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick rattled off some impressive stats. Just four years after launching in San Francisco, his transportation company — which has raised $1.5 billion and is valued at $18 billion —  is helping drivers earn money and passengers get… Read More

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Unity Technologies tells developers it has powered 8.7 billion mobile game downloads; acquires Austin-based Tsugi

More than a thousand video game developers are in Seattle today, but nope, it’s not for Penny Arcade’s Expo, or even Comicon. Rather 1,500 people are here this week to attend Unite 2014, the sold-out developer conference for San Francisco-based Unity Technologies. Unity isn’t a name most consumers would recognize, but its technology is used behind the scenes by thousands of developers to build games… Read More

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Know your Linux! New Linux Foundation certification aims to boost Linux job market

Linux has been expanding its reach — powering Google, Facebook and other major platforms — and hiring managers say they’re in need of an increasing number of Linux developers. But many of those jobs are going unfilled, and given the entrenched position of Microsoft Windows inside many companies, not as many developers and admins are getting Linux training and certification… Read More

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Amazon Fire Phone sales slowed by AT&T exclusivity

Only offering its Fire Phone exclusively through AT&T isn’t helping Amazon sell more smartphones. That’s the somewhat unsurprising finding from Chitika Insights, a research firm that calculated usage growth by tracking the number of ad impressions from mobile web browsers during the past month. The Fire, which debuted July 25, did not have nearly as much web… Read More

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UW football coach who once banned his players from Twitter joins social network

University of Washington head football coach Chris Petersen is finally on Twitter, but don’t expect the 49-year-old to be posting his thoughts on the social network. Petersen on Monday created a personal Twitter account and has already racked up nearly 5,000 followers without scribing a single tweet. “First of all, Twitter is not for you guys,”… Read More

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CenturyLink faces potential $170k fine over San Juan Islands outage

Staff members with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission today recommended that CenturyLink pay more than $170,000 in penalties over its handling of a 10-day-long service outage on the San Juan Islands last year. In November, an underwater cable that provided internet and phone service to residents of the San Juan Islands was severed, leaving… Read More

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Famstr now delivers organic farm food, testing partnership with Uber

Surprise, surprise — there’s another food delivery service in Seattle. This time it’s Farmstr, the new organic food marketplace that connects farmers directly with consumers. The company just began testing a delivery option to 11 zip codes within Seattle on Wednesdays and Fridays, and is starting with produce only. CEO and founder Janelle Maiocco is looking at a number… Read More

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Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures cuts 140 employees from its patent-buying workforce

Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue, Wash.-based patent holding firm run by former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold, has laid off 20 percent of its employees. The layoffs will affect around 140 people, leaving 540 people at the firm, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which spoke to Edward Jung, the company’s co-founder and CTO, about the staffing changes…. Read More

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Microsoft relaunches OneNote for Android, with tablet and handwriting support

Android tablet users now have a better note-taking app from Microsoft. The company announced today that it’s launching a new version of OneNote for phones and tablets running on Google’s operating system, just in time for back-to-school season. The app, which is available for free, offers popular OneNote features including support for handwriting and a new tablet… Read More

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Obama adviser David Plouffe joins Uber to move company beyond challenges of ‘big taxi cartel’

Uber is adding some political muscle to its operations as it continues to engage in a regulatory battles across the globe. The heavily-funded transportation service has named David Plouffe — best known for helping to get Barack Obama elected in 2008 — as its Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy. “I couldn’t be more excited… Read More

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Sprint’s shares hit new low for the year as investors react to its plan to beat T-Mobile

With a T-Mobile merger no longer on the table, Sprint has kicked off a pricing war with the introduction of a family plan that offers twice as much data at same price as the competition. Later this week, the Overland Park, Kansas-based carrier, which is majority owned by SoftBank, is expected to unveil cheaper individual plans, as well. Investors reacted… Read More

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Change Internet Explorer’s name? Nah, here’s what Microsoft really needs to do with its web browser

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser has made great strides in recent years, embracing web standards and upgrading its user interface, as the company retires old versions of the browser and lobbies users to use the latest versions. But given its history with users and web developers, can the Internet Explorer name be salvaged? That was one question posed to the Internet… Read More

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Paul Allen donates $500K to gun law, joining Ballmer, Gates and others

First Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates, and Nick Hanauer showed their support for a new law that would require stricter background checks for gun sales in Washington. Now Paul Allen is joining the charge. The Microsoft co-founder has pitched in $500,000 to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a coalition that wants to require background checks for Washington residents who buy firearms at… Read More

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Not just Nokia: HTC One (M8) expands to Microsoft’s Windows Phone, exclusive to Verizon

HTC this morning confirmed that it will expand its flagship HTC One (M8) device to Windows Phone, marking an important step for Microsoft in the company’s attempt to create an ecosystem for Windows Phone beyond its own Nokia hardware platform. The device blends the worlds of Windows Phone and HTC, offering HTC features such as the BlinkFeed… Read More

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PlayFab raises $2.5M to help studios with back-end support for online gaming

PlayFab, a Seattle company that provides back-end support for game studios, today announced a $2.5 million seed round from angel investors like PopCap co-founder Jason Kapalka and IronPort co-founder Scott Banister. We noted the funding back in March, but now PlayFab has officially closed the round and named investors like Larry Bowman of Bowman Capital Management; Arena.net… Read More