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Ex-Facebook general counsel Rudy Gadre backs Yabbly

A few weeks ago, we told you about Yabbly, a new Seattle startup that’s led by former Amazon.com and Off & Away software engineer Ian Shafer and former Marchex and Google manager Tom Leung. Now, Yabbly is back in the news, having raised an additional $300,000 in financing from former Facebook General Counsel Rudy Gadre and… Read More

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Zaarly Storefronts debuts in Seattle to help you find local cooks, cleaners and coaches

Golf lessons, chai pumpkin sandwiches and massages — these are just a few of the local services available on Zaarly’s new Storefront platform in Seattle. Zaarly is an online marketplace for buyers to post needed goods or services. Now, with the addition of Storefronts, sellers can essentially become their own entrepreneurs. Sellers use the service to make money… Read More

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Google buys BufferBox, a rival to Amazon Lockers

The combination of the bricks and clicks world is getting a bit more interesting. Google today announced that it is buying Waterloo, Ontario-based BufferBox, a 21-month-old Canadian company that allows parcels to be shipped to pick-up stations. The move is interesting because Amazon.com has been rolling out a competitive locker service in various markets, first… Read More

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New Microsoft game studio in Vancouver wants to build the next Halo

Microsoft is officially opening a new game studio in Canada and expectations are off the charts. Located in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Black Tusk Studios has some serious goals to meet in the coming years. Studio manager Mike Crump told the Vancouver Sun that the new first-party studio, which has already been working for the past year, was asked to come up with Microsoft’s… Read More

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Cramer vs. Cramer: ‘Mad Money’ host changes his tune on Zillow

CNBC talk show host Jim Cramer is known for his loud and outrageous on-screen antics, and earlier this week the “Mad Money” host turned his attention to three real estate companies that recently completed IPOs: Zillow, Trulia and Realogy. Cramer is pretty adamant that investors should avoid Zillow and Trulia, instead taking a closer look… Read More

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Check out these chops: The winners of the GeekWire mustache competition

Well, folks, here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. After some very careful deliberation at the GeekWire HQ today, we’ve chosen our winners in the second annual GeekWire Movember mustache challenge. Our judging panel — consisting of GeekWire’s Emily Shahan, Taylor Soper, Rebecca Lovell and yours truly — carefully weighed more than 20 entries from… Read More

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Commentary: Report shines little new light on journalism woes

In the winter of 2009, Seattle was the center of a global maelstrom that has yet to bottom out: the collapse of the advertiser-supported business model that funded mainstream journalism. The Seattle P-I published its last printed edition that March after a flurry of town halls and salons where journalists, academics and news junkies tried… Read More

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Sprint taps Airbiquity to bring the cloud into cars

Wireless provider Sprint is moving into communication and entertainment systems for vehicles, and it’s bringing Airbiquity along for the ride. The Seattle-based company was selected by Sprint to provide its “Choreo” cloud platform for connected vehicles as part of the new Sprint Velocity system, which was announced earlier today. Sprint will make the Velocity system… Read More

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Welcome to Bezosville: Seattle planners approve Amazon’s massive new tower project

Amazon.com is one step closer to kicking off construction on a massive new campus in Seattle’s Denny Triangle neighborhood, an undertaking that will radically overhaul a corner of downtown and more closely connect it to the fast-growing South Lake Union neighborhood where the online retailer is currently headquartered. The Department of Planning and Development approved… Read More

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Jeff Bezos: 7 gems from his Amazon Web Services talk

Jeff Bezos spoke this afternoon at the Amazon Web Services re: Invent conference in Las Vegas, interviewed on stage by Amazon technology chief Werner Vogels. It was a wide-ranging talk, covering not just AWS but also Bezos’ entrepreneurial advice, the principles of Amazon’s business, and even two of Bezos’ side projects: the 10,000 year clock… Read More

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AudienceScience slashes 33 jobs, closing ad network Jan. 1

AudienceScience, a global digital marketing company with offices in Bellevue, is closing its ad network business effective Jan. 1 so the company can focus solely on the AudienceScience Gateway, its global SaaS-platform for marketers. The end of the ad business resulted in the elimination of 33 sales and marketing jobs among four U.S. locations and support… Read More

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Welcome to the party: T-Mobile rumored to carry iPhone

If you’ve been a T-Mobile customer and feeling jealous every time a friend whips out that snazzy iPhone — I’ll admit I certainly have — there is good news for you today. Merrill Lynch’s Scott Craig wrote in a note to investors that “speculation is heightening” that Deutsche Telecom (DT) will announce a deal to bring the iPhone… Read More

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LivingSocial cuts 400 staffers, Seattle office takes a hit

LivingSocial, the Washington D.C.-based daily deals site, has laid off 400 staffers as it aims to turn a profit, a spokesperson tells All Things D. That amounts to a 10 percent cutback, leaving the company with about 4,100 employees. Backed by Amazon.com, LivingSocial operates a branch office in Seattle, which we’ve heard was impacted in… Read More

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Microsoft: Surface Pro to start at $899, January release

Microsoft just went public with the pricing for Surface for Windows 8 Pro, the version of its tablet that runs full-fledged Windows 8 on Intel chips, supporting legacy applications and geared more for business users. A 64GB version of Surface Pro will sell for $899, and a 128GB version will sell for $999. Neither of… Read More

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Microsoft exec: Seattle needs to avoid Detroit’s fate

Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith delivered a pep talk followed by an alarm bell during a presentation this morning to Seattle-area technology leaders — saying that the region is second only to Silicon Valley in terms of its technology prowess, but risks following in the path of Detroit and the auto industry if it doesn’t… Read More

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The people’s champ: Verizon is most favorable carrier

Remember those “Can you hear me now?” Verizon commercials? Turns out there’s actually some truth to those messages. The people have spoken and Verizon is the most favorable cell phone carrier in the nation based on an annual Consumer Reports survey of 63,253 subscribers around the country. Out of the four big carriers, Verizon led the way… Read More