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Startup Spotlight: BoldIQ crunches real-time data to help organizations optimize business operations

The World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this week announced that an “unprecedented” number of healthcare workers are infected with the deadly Ebola virus, raising questions about resource allocation and global health crisis management. The WHO cited shortages of personnel, scarcity and misuse of protective equipment, and medics working far more than the number of hours deemed safe. Crisis management of… Read More

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Sidecar CEO responds to Uber’s questionable recruiting tactics: ‘I can’t say I’m surprised’

The Verge story that published earlier this week and exposed Uber’s questionable recruiting tactics was a shock to many. After learning how Uber’s independent contractors take Lyft rides as a way to recruit new drivers — and sometimes canceling those rides to avoid being caught by Lyft — many vowed never to use Uber again. Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul, however,… Read More

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GeekWire Calendar Picks: Silicon Beach meets Seattle tech, Bellevue Tech Hive, and more

The (somewhat contentious) phrase “Silicon Beach” has surfaced to describe the few miles between Santa Monica and Venice that have emerged as the heart of Southern California’s burgeoning tech scene. The affluence of the entertainment industry and idyllic weather continue to draw startups and venture capital firms to the region. Although Silicon Valley and Seattle still outrank SoCal as tech… Read More

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Former eBay VP Peter Mansour named president of InfoSpace

Peter Mansour, who led eBay’s Bellevue operation and served as the company’s vice president of shipping and marketing technologies, has been named president of InfoSpace, the Internet search business that’s now a part of Bellevue-based Blucora. Earlier this week, Mansour was publicly announced as general manager of eBay’s Seattle area operations, replacing Ken Moss who… Read More

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Gamers can pre-load Destiny on their Xbox One starting today

For Xbox One owners that want to avoid waiting in line late at night to purchase Destiny, Microsoft is allowing people to pre-load the highly-anticipated game on their consoles. That means those that pre-order the first-person shooter can pre-load a $59.99 digital version of the game onto their Xbox One and begin playing at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 9. Sony… Read More

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T-Mobile shares rise after Deutsche Telekom expresses interest in sale

Shares of T-Mobile went up today after Bloomberg reported that Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent company, is willing to negotiate a sale for the wireless carrier. Bloomberg noted that Deutsche Telekom, which owns 67 percent of the Bellevue-based U.S. carrier, is entertaining offers that value T-Mobile at $35 per share or more. This comes after Deutsche Telekom turned down… Read More

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UberX drivers quit working in Seattle to protest lower wages

Some UberX drivers in Seattle are no longer working for Uber as a way to protest how they’ve been treated by the transportation company. About 100 drivers from a new group called Seattle Ride-Share Drivers Association gathered Wednesday to show their frustration with a recent price reduction Uber has implemented. Back in June, Uber lowered prices for… Read More

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How to win at PAX Prime: Tips from a PAX veteran

Heading to PAX Prime this weekend? So am I! In fact, I’ve attended every day of every PAX Prime since 2006, when a 3-day all-weekend pass cost just $35—the same price as a one-day pass to PAX Prime 2014. All told I’ve spent 25 days at PAX over the last 8 years. Based on those… Read More

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Microsoft’s Nadella set to visit China; company says plan predates antitrust probe

Satya Nadella is preparing to take his first trip to China as Microsoft CEO, as reported by Reuters overnight, but the company says in a statement this morning that the travel plans predate an antitrust investigation into the company by Chinese authorities at the State Administration for Industry and Commerce. “Satya’s trip was planned before the Chinese… Read More

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Microsoft debuts ‘dual use’ OneDrive app for Android

Microsoft’s new OneDrive cloud storage app for Android, released this morning, reflects one of CEO Satya Nadella’s goals for the company — bridging work and personal lives in “dual use” experiences. It’s the first single app to integrate both OneDrive for Business and the standard OneDrive experience for consumers, allowing users to access work and business… Read More

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Urban Airship launches cross-platform interactive notifications service

Interactive push notifications are going to increase in use this year, with Apple announcing that users will be able to interact with and respond to notifications while their phone is locked, and Google launching the same capability on Android 4.3 last year. Portland-based mobile analytics and push messaging powerhouse Urban Airship is taking advantage of the new capabilities by… Read More

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Barking up the right tree: Rover’s dog-sitting marketplace sees massive growth

Two weeks ago, DogVacay CEO Aaron Hirschhorn said that he thought his dog-sitting startup was an order of magnitude larger than its close competitor, Seattle-based Rover.com. It seems he may have spoken too soon. Rover announced today that its revenue has increased by 575 percent year-over-year, blowing past DogVacay’s 200 percent jump. While Rover won’t release exact… Read More

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Amazon’s Zocalo launches broadly, taking on Google, Box and Microsoft in enterprise collaboration

Amazon Zocalo, the new enterprise collaboration service from Amazon Web Services, is now available for everyone to use, the company announced in a blog post today. After spending a little more than a month in an invitation-only preview, the service has now hit general availability for any AWS user. The service is designed to serve… Read More

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AT&T and Verizon beef up cell service at Oregon, Washington college football stadiums

College football fans in the Northwest will have an easier time sending tweets and uploading pictures from their smartphones this fall. The University of Oregon announced today that both AT&T and Verizon have installed a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at Autzen Stadium, just in time for the 2014 college football season. The addition will help… Read More

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Twitter now lets anyone use its free analytics tool

If you’re wondering how many people — or how few — interacted with your most recent tweet, well, Twitter has the answers. Twitter’s analytics tool, which was previously available only to verified users, advertisers, and card publishers, is now open to any English, Spanish, French, and Japanese user who has had an account for at… Read More