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GeekWire Calendar picks: Ride-sharing hacks, Nate Silver, Sci-Fi Film Fest, and more

With controversial ride-sharing rules dividing Seattle, next week’s Seattle Legal Innovation and Technology Meetup will explore the legal and regulatory issues surrounding the “sharing economy” — the phenomenon that’s transforming industries as diverse as transportation, housing, errands, and yes, even dog-sitting. The free meetup, on the theme of “Hacking the Sharing Economy,” will be held from… Read More

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Hiring spree: Amazon adds 7,000 more employees, topping 124,000 worldwide

Amazon continued its trend of explosive headcount growth this quarter, adding 7,300 new employees to its workforce, which now totals 124,600 full- and part-time workers. That’s a stark contrast to some of its tech industry counterparts, including Google and Microsoft, which both saw significantly smaller headcount gains in the quarter. Microsoft added 982 employees in… Read More

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Microsoft hires key HP exec Tony Prophet as new Windows marketing leader

Microsoft has hired Tony Prophet, a longtime HP exec who oversaw operations in the computer maker’s key Printing and Personal Systems group. Prophet will lead Windows marketing, the Redmond company said this afternoon. The company said in a statement, “We can confirm Tony Prophet will be joining Microsoft as corporate vice president, Windows Marketing, reporting to Chris Capossela. Tony… Read More

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Amazon reports $19.7B in quarterly revenue, earnings in line with expectations at 23 cents a share

Amazon reported today that it made $19.74 billion in revenue during the first quarter of 2014, up nearly 23 percent from almost $16.1 billion in the year-ago quarter. That beat expectations from financial analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters of more than $19.4 billion in quarterly revenue. The company met analyst expectations with earnings of 23 cents per share, up more… Read More

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Hulu Plus “Remote Control” brings Chromecast-style features to Xbox One, PS4

Hulu Plus subscribers are getting a little bit more control over their streaming experience on game consoles with a new update. The company launched a new feature called “Remote Control” today, which allows subscribers to its premium streaming service to control Hulu Plus apps on the Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 with their… Read More

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eBay refreshes mobile apps and homepage to tell stories, create community

EBay is rolling out of a mobile update and is refreshing one of its online experiences today in hopes of creating a customer experience it describes as hunting for treasure and being part of a connected commerce community. For frequent eBay users, the updates may appear minor, but the language being used by eBay’s President Devin Wenig hints at where… Read More

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Google+ leader Vic Gundotra is leaving the company

Vic Gundotra, the former Microsoft executive who went on to lead Google’s push into social networking with the launch of Google+, is leaving the search giant after eight years with the company. Google+ has struggled to compete with Facebook’s place in the popular zeitgeist, but its connections to Google’s online services and search engine has made it… Read More

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Alaska Airlines’ $2.5M gift will fund Aerospace Education Center at Museum of Flight

Alaska Airlines will fund a new Aerospace Education Center at Seattle’s Museum of Flight with a gift of $2.5 million, aiming to promote and enable science, technology, engineering and math careers among students. The gift was announced this morning. Construction of the center, inside the Museum of Flight’s T.A. Wilson Great Gallery, is expected to… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Deal of the Year

There were some huge deals in the Pacific Northwest tech industry in the past 12 months — from mega financing rounds to blockbuster IPOs to impressive acquisitions. Today’s category in the GeekWire Awards — Deal of the Year — is all about those transactions. As with each of our categories, the five finalists below were… Read More

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Seahawks star Richard Sherman make TIME’s 100 most influential list

TIME released its annual list of 100 most influential people in the world and several tech leaders made the cut this year. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, who had made the list in previous years, was deemed “tech’s most enduring innovator,” by TIME. Here’s what PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel wrote about Bezos: Twenty years ago Jeff Bezos… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Lytro Illum lead designer Markus Wierzoch, Artefact design director

Camera technology company Lytro is getting lots of headlines this week for its second-generation light field camera, called the Illum — a DSLR-style device that creates “living images” designed to be refocused after taking the shot. As it turns out, the design of the new camera has roots in Seattle, at the Artefact product design and development company, and a… Read More

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Jeff Bezos-backed Juno Therapeutics closes series A at $176M, appoints new execs

Seattle biotechnology startup Juno Therapeutics, which is developing immunotherapies for cancer, said it has closed its series A financing round at $176 million. That marks one of the largest early-stage financing rounds for a biotechnology company. Juno had previously announced $145 million in funding, including cash from ARCH Venture Partners; the Alaska Permanent Fund; Bezos… Read More

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Code.org partners with 30 school districts to help teach kids about computer science

More than two million students across the nation will learn how to code thanks to a Seattle-based organization that is on a serious mission to teach kids about computer science. Code.org today announced partnerships with 30 schools districts — including three of the top 10 largest districts in the country — that will allow teachers to use the… Read More

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Geek pride: Here are the nerdiest states in America

Utah has a bunch of nerds, while Washington D.C. lacks any geek pride. Those are a few data points from a study of the “Nerdiest States in America,” by Seattle online real estate startup Estately. To determine which state has the most geeks, Estately looked at Facebook data to see what percentage of users from each state listed… Read More