Google’s new social networking patent is truly comical

Google+ could be getting a lot funnier, at least in theory, if the company follows through on the approach described in a new patent. The U.S. Patent and Trademark office today awarded Google a patent on “Self-creation of comic strips in social networks and other communications.” In other words, Google has just patented the ability to… Read More


Revealed: The 7 answers to our Bill Gates Book Contest

One GeekWire reader is about to receive a nice post-Christmas gift — and he’s probably going to become a little bit smarter in the process. Congratulations to Jason Nickolay, the winner of our Bill Gates Book Contest. Nickolay, a native of Elko, Minn., correctly answered all seven questions about Bill Gates and will receive BillG’s seven… Read More


Hey, y’all: Meet the Seattle researcher responsible for the awesome U.S. dialect quiz

My family is spread out across the country — from Charlotte, North Carolina to Wooster, Ohio to Seattle, Washington. Three distinct geographic locations in which people use different vernacular to express themselves — everything from the strip of land between the sidewalk and the street (A tree lawn of course!) to the carbonated beverages we… Read More


Picture this: Top 10 tech photos of 2013

They made us smile; they made us think; they made us ponder what’s humanly possible. We saw and shared hundreds of great images with you all this year, whether it was an outstanding photo of the lightning-laden Seattle skyline or outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer giving a passionate, emotional speech at his last company-wide meeting…. Read More


Microsoft’s 2014 will be defined by a new CEO … if Ballmer and Gates can let go

One of the best moments in the Fremont Players’ production of “Dick Whittington and His Cat” — a British Panto on stage in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood — comes when one of the characters, Fairy Bowbelles, tries to download her spells and charms from “the cloud,” without any luck. She never should have updated to Windows 8, she… Read More


Vote: What was the top tech news story of the year?

OK, geek fans. We’ve compiled our list of the top quotes of 2013, and just yesterday posted the top 50 most popular stories of year. Now, here’s your chance to join the fun. As part of our year-end wrap-up, we’re asking our devoted readers — yes, that’s you — to vote on the top story… Read More


New Year’s Tech Resolution #3: Learn to code

If there has been one rallying cry for the tech establishment this year, it’s that everyone who can should learn to code. While part of the argument for building code literacy has to do with getting more people ready for coding jobs, I’ve found that just having a baseline understanding of how technology works, under… Read More


Seattle, take note: Small town of Ellensburg approves plan to build publicly-owned fiber network

While Seattle struggles to set up a city-wide fiber-to-the-home Internet network, at least one Washington town is well on its way to doing so. The Ellensburg City Council has approved plans to build a publicly-owned fiber network, agreeing to a $961,000 contract with Canon Construction to lay 13 miles of fiber above and below the town of… Read More


Longtime Microsoft engineering leader Jon DeVaan is leaving

Jon DeVaan, the respected Microsoft executive who oversaw some of the company’s most important engineering initiatives, is leaving after nearly three decades — capping a year of massive changes in Microsoft’s executive ranks. DeVaan, who was tapped by Bill Gates a decade ago to reinvigorate Microsoft’s companywide engineering initiatives, is known in part for helping to… Read More


Watch: Hackers use the Wii U GamePad to stream PC games

This week at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress, a small group of hackers figured out a way to reverse engineer a Wii U GamePad to allow streaming of PC games directly to the controller. The hack is pretty neat, which manipulates the communication between the GamePad and its host controller, allowing gamers to play PC games… Read More

Shauna Causey (Photo: Erynn Rose)

Tech Moves: Shauna Causey named VP at UP Global; etc.

—UP Global, the Seattle non-profit that formed earlier this year through the combination of Startup America and Startup Weekend, has named former exec Shauna Causey as vice president of marketing. In the role, Causey will help extend the organization’s international presence. Prior to, which sold to eBay earlier this year, Causey worked at Nordstrom,… Read More


Microsoft Windows crash reporting system used by NSA for ‘passive’ spying, report says

Agents with the U.S. National Security Agency are able to intercept crash reports from specific Microsoft Windows-based machines to better understand how to exploit a computer with spyware, according to the latest revelations about the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance program, published this weekend by Der Spiegel newsmagazine. The system is the one encountered by users… Read More