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Can’t find a partner? It’s probably you

When I was in middle school I saw a fantastic one act play called Sure Thing by David Ives.  The premise is simple – a guy approaches a woman at a café and attempts a conversation, and every time he screws it up a bell dings softly and the scene resets: Excuse me, is this… Read More

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Microsoft wins round vs. Barnes & Noble in Android case

Dealing a blow to Barnes & Noble’s defense vs. Microsoft in a closely watched patent case, an International Trade Commission administrative law judge today issued a preliminary ruling against the bookseller’s argument that Microsoft’s initiative to collect royalties from makers of Android devices amounts to “patent misuse.” Patent blogger Florian Mueller has details in this post. The ruling appears… Read More

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Amazon employment still rising, now more than 56,000

Amazon.com has been hiring employees at a rapid pace over the last two years, and the job numbers in the company’s latest earnings report continue the trend. Amazon added 4,900 employees in the fourth quarter, to 56,200 employees, expanding its workforce by nearly 10 percent from the third quarter, not including contractors and temporary workers. That… Read More

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Barnes & Noble won’t sell Amazon books in stores, says rival undermines industry

The rivalry between Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com escalated sharply this afternoon as B&N lashed out against Amazon’s push for exclusive digital book deals with publishers and authors — saying that the practice undermines the industry — and said that its physical retail stores won’t stock books published by Amazon.com’s fledgling publishing division. Barnes &… Read More

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Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman: Why you should do a startup right now (and not one in a ‘stinky, little niche’)

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman is known for his colorful, erudite and oftentimes controversial remarks when it comes to startups, business and entrepreneurship. And so it was with some anticipation that I attended Kelman’s talk Monday night at the Get a Real Job Fair in Seattle. Kelman joked that he had a really juicy keynote in store until… Read More

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Amazon.com holiday sales miss mark, stock takes a hit

Amazon.com’s net sales climbed 35 percent during the fourth quarter, reaching $17.43 billion, according to financial results just released by the Seattle company. However, that was below the $18.2 billion Wall Street was expecting, and the company’s shares are down more than 8 percent in after-hours trading. Sales of Kindle devices, including e-readers and Kindle Fire tablets,… Read More

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Introducing the GeekWire Summit: Our new conference will go inside the future of tech

As journalists and participants in the Pacific Northwest tech community, we’ve long believed that Seattle deserves a world-class tech conference that involves people not only from our region but also from other tech hubs such as Silicon Valley and Boston — bringing leaders together for a conversation about the future of technology and innovation in the Northwest and… Read More

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This real estate vet is sick and tired of Trulia and Zillow, and he’s not gonna take it anymore

The battle over online real estate listings is starting to heat up again. Jim Abbott, president of the Abbott Realty Group and a 20-year real estate veteran in San Diego, recently announced plans to pull listings from Trulia, Realtor.com, Zillow and other online real estate sites. In a YouTube video announcing the plan (posted below),… Read More

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GameHouse president Matt Hulett joins board of Yapta

Yapta has named GameHouse president Matt Hulett to the board, part of an ongoing transformation of the Seattle startup from a consumer travel company to one focused on business-to-business services. Hulett has very specific experience in that arena, formerly serving as president of Expedia Corporate Travel. “The opportunity for Yapta to penetrate the corporate travel… Read More

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T-Mobile starts offering Square credit card reader

T-Mobile USA says it will start offering the Square mobile credit-card reader in selected stores as part of an effort to court small business customers. The company says it’s the first wireless carrier to stock the Square device. Apple, Best Buy, Radio Shack and other retailers also offer the the Square device. The device, which… Read More

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Ask.com hopes to find the right answer in latest ad campaign

Here’s a key question for Ask.com: Can it find a way to compete against the likes of Google and Microsoft’s Bing? The 16-year-old Internet search company, which repositioned last year into an online question-and-answer service, is starting to tell its story (again) through a series of no-nonsense TV commercials and metro bus ads which feature… Read More

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European leaders aim to create ‘Digital Single Market’ as part of stimulus plan

Editor’s Note: Seattle-based writer and consultant Matt Fikse filed this dispatch from Europe, where he’s tracking the talks over the economic crisis. Brussels, Jan. 30: The world hopes for leaders to emerge from today’s European Summit with some coherent action in the long-running European economic crisis. Based on a leaked draft of the expected summit conclusions, tech companies attempting… Read More

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How much bigger is Apple? New site counts the many ways

After Apple reported its blockbuster $46 billion revenue quarter last week, we had a bit of fun here at GeekWire with the headline: “Apple posts three Yahoos, two Googles and a Microsoft.”  Turns out, we weren’t alone in trying to put that massive amount of money in perspective. Western Washington University student Nicholas Quinlan and… Read More

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Is Amazon.com about to get all outdoorsy on REI? Job posts indicate new sports site

Should REI start sweating about Amazon.com, its new neighbor in the South Lake Union neighborhood? Job postings from Amazon’s Quidsi unit indicate that the company may be getting ready to put its foot down in a new category: outdoor sports. Quidsi has launched a number of key vertical shopping sites in recent months, including Wag.com (Pets) and YoYo.com… Read More

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Venuelabs raises cash to help brick-and-mortar retailers track storefront performance

In this digital era, there’s certainly no shortage of customer feedback when it comes to the interactions at brick-and-mortar retail stores. Venuelabs, a Seattle area startup led by former Microsoft and Jobster employee Neil Crist, is looking to help everyone from pizza parlors to gas stations make sense of all of the chatter. Formerly known… Read More