NASA’s Super Guppy is headed our way today

Team GeekWire and family are getting ready to head down to Seattle’s Museum of Flight this morning for what promises to be a real spectacle — the scheduled 11 a.m. arrival of NASA’s “Super Guppy” cargo plane. The unique aircraft will be delivering the crew compartment of the Space Shuttle Trainer, the replica orbiter that… Read More


GeekWire Radio: Google’s big week, Amazon’s new ways, and how geeks go camping

Ah, summer camp. Hiking, campfires, sing-alongs, s’mores … and hacking? Our subject on this week’s GeekWire radio show and podcast is camping, with a geeky twist. Our guest is David Hulton, a founder and one of the organizers of ToorCamp, a unique event taking place Aug. 8-12 on the Washington coast, bringing together hundreds of people for… Read More


Name that Tech Tune: Chance to win a spot at ToorCamp

[Updated below with answer and winner]  We’re challenging you to identify an especially obscure Tech Tune this week, but the prize is worth the mental energy. Up for grabs is one ticket to join hundreds of your fellow geeks at ToorCamp 2012, the “American Hacker Camp,” taking place August 8-12 over on the Washington coast…. Read More

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Tablets surpass smartphones in e-commerce traffic

It was bound to happen. With larger, easier-to-view screens and their sheer portability, tablets have now overtaken smartphones as devices for shopping, according to Monetate, a provider of cloud-based technology for online marketers. As reported by Gigaom, tablets drove more traffic to retail sites than smartphones during the first quarter of 2012, 6.52 percent vs. smartphones 5.35… Read More

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LinkedOut? Twitter ends LinkedIn content sharing

It appears that the content-sharing partnership forged by Twitter and LinkedIn in 2009 — like “peanut butter and chocolate,” according to LinkedIn’s blog post at the time — is no more. LinkedIn informed its users in an email message this afternoon, “Twitter recently evolved its strategy and this will result in a change to the way… Read More


Leftist group claims responsibility for attack on Microsoft’s offices in Greece

A report out from Reuters today indicates that a leftist militant group operating under the name of  International Revolutionary Front has claimed responsibility for an attack on Microsoft’s offices in Athens. No one was injured in the attack, which occurred on Wednesday when a group of gun-wielding terrorists rammed the outside of the building in a… Read More


Comedy: YouTube translates Google’s new products

Google had a giant week, introducing the new Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q streaming media device, and pulling off the most impressive keynote stunt we’ve ever seen in the skies over San Francisco, as skydivers delivered Google’s augmented reality glasses with no small amount of technical wizardry. Maybe now the company can do a… Read More


Nearly naked geeks: The summer of ‘nerdlesque’ is here

Geeks can rejoice — burlesque is now embracing its inner nerd. At least four nerd-themed burlesque shows — or nerdlesque — are planned for Seattle, starting this weekend. “Behind the Blue Door,” a Doctor Who-inspired show kicks it all off this Friday and Saturday. “JOYstick!, a video-game themed burlesque show, is July 20-21, and is… Read More


Fast-growing Zillow secures more office space at Seattle HQ

When I visited Zillow at its new office space at in the Russell Investments Center in downtown Seattle back in December, the online real estate company had nearly outgrown the space. I surmised that it wouldn’t be too long before the company had to go back on the prowl. Good thing Zillow knows something about real estate. Today,… Read More


Amazon shows it’s no scrooge when it comes to 4th of July is getting into fireworks. No, don’t worry, the company isn’t selling them online. The company has stepped up as one of the corporate supporters of Seattle’s annual 4th of July fireworks show over Lake Union. The news comes as Amazon faces increasing scrutiny for a dearth of philanthropic activity in the community. The size of the… Read More

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Microsoft: A white knight for BlackBerry, or a vulture?

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion found itself in an even deeper hole this week after delaying the launch of BlackBerry 10, cutting  jobs and reporting a significant quarterly loss. And now comes news that Microsoft is circling the company. A report by Reuters this morning, quoting three unnamed sources, says the Redmond company has approached… Read More


Business is booming on Kinect as Microsoft embraces hackers

Walking the floor at Microsoft’s conference center in Redmond yesterday for the conclusion of the three-month Kinect Accelerator startup program, it was remarkable to see not just tech demos but full-fledged companies being built on the company’s Kinect sensor. A Los Angeles-based startup called Styku has struck a deal to pilot its Kinect-powered virtual fitting room… Read More


Zillow unveils new search tool ‘Compare’

Deciding whether to make a move or not might just be easier with this — real estate site Zillow launched a new feature called Compare, a search tool that lets users look at two different housing markets, side by side. It works like this: Users plug in two locales — compare regions, cities, even neighborhoods… Read More

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‘Slut factories’ and Super PACs: Melinda Gates on ‘Colbert’

Did Stephen Colbert just get away with calling the Gates Foundation a ‘slut factory?’ Last night the cantankerous faux right-winger took aim at Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on The Colbert Report. Gates appeared on Colbert to talk foreign aid, especially the Foundation’s new initiative to make contraceptives more widely… Read More


Seattle: America’s top tech city

There’s been a lot of debate and discussion in recent months about Seattle’s technology industry, and how it compares to other spots like Silicon Valley (See: Seattle and Silicon Valley, the inside view from the startup world) and New York City (See: Hey, NYC: There’s a tech hub out here called Seattle). Now, take a look at this…. Read More


Surprising lessons I learned winning a pitch competition

thump thump….  thump thump…..  thump thump…….  My heart rate was starting to rise. As I looked around the room I noticed it overflowing with people.  There must have been hundreds…. Was I sure I could recall the points I wanted to make as I stood on the platform?   Was I actually going to make sense… Read More