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Taking on telecommuting: Maybe Marissa Mayer was right

Yahoo’s recent work from home uproar caused the pundit class to claim that one company’s internal decision was a mandate that that would kill off workplace flexibility and set women back decades across the country. The problem: it wasn’t. Yahoo made a decision for Yahoo, and other companies may follow suit.  That’s not a bad… Read More

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What can you learn from your Twitter archive?

Twitter and I go way back, which is funny to say. If there’s anything the fast talking social network has never handled well, it’s history. Twitter is caught in the moment. A million takes on a moment, sure. But when the moment moves on, so does Twitter. Until now. Twitter last week gave all its users… Read More

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Amazon inks another licensing deal to stream HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel

At this point, it feels like we’re reporting on a new Amazon licensing deal every day. The Seattle online giant announced another streaming deal today, this time with Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI). The SNI family of networks includes HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel. That means Amazon Prime members will be able to… Read More

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Layoffs hit Memory Lane, operator of Classmates.com

Memory Lane, the social networking site that operates Classmates.com, has laid off staffers at its offices in the Seattle area, sources tell GeekWire. We’ve reached out to Memory Lane’s parent company, United Online, for comment and we will update this post as we learn more. We’re hearing that positions were eliminated in a number of… Read More

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How to bypass the New York Times paywall: Go to Starbucks

Those who like reading the New York Times but don’t want to pay for an online subscription have a new option: Starbucks.  The New York Times announced a new partnership with the Seattle coffee giant yesterday, offering Starbucks customers free access to 15 NYT articles per day that are read using the Starbucks Digital Network… Read More

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Groupon CEO’s funny farewell is a model of candor

Say what you will about Andrew Mason’s reign as CEO of Groupon, he sure knows how to say goodbye. Mason was let go as the top executive of the daily deals company today, and he made his farewell memo public. In a world where many top executives obfuscate their departures with all manner of B.S., it’s… Read More

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F5 CEO John McAdam joins the board of Apptio

John McAdam is a man in high demand. The CEO of F5 Networks, the Seattle networking and software powerhouse, joined the board of Tableau Software two months ago. Now, he’s aligning himself with another of the region’s most promising enterprise software companies: Apptio.  McAdam today was announced as the newest board member of Apptio, a fast-growing… Read More

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Youth movement: Paul Allen donates $7.5 million to five up-and-coming scientists

Paul Allen is giving his money to five young scientists he thinks need a little cash to answer fundamental questions in biology. The Paul G. Allen Foundation announced today $7.5 million in funding to the second round of the Allen Distinguished Investigators, a three-year grant program that supports scientists’ research. The foundation says that these five… Read More

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It’s official: Facebook buying Atlas ad system from Microsoft

Microsoft is selling its Atlas Advertising Suite to Facebook, the companies confirmed this afternoon. Financial terms of the purchase weren’t disclosed. The deal makes Facebook a bigger player in online advertising, while salvaging a small portion of Microsoft’s ill-fated acquisition of Seattle-based digital advertising company aQuantive, which included the Atlas tools. Facebook’s Brian Boland says in a blog… Read More

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34 Must-Have Tools to Launch your Startup from Idea to Exit

I’ve launched half a dozen or so startup products in my career and in the process I’ve picked up my list of favorite tools to make each step easier, faster, and cheaper.  Below are the sites and services I’ve had success with while launching startups.  Depending on your skills and experience, you won’t need them all, but I hope… Read More

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Amazon’s Kindle sponsoring National PTA reading program

The National PTA announced today that Amazon’s Kindle will be the exclusive sponsor of a new Family Reading Experience program that will encourage children to read.  The program is powered by Kindle and is based around free family activities both on books and e-books that improve the reading skills of children in kindergarten through fifth grade…. Read More

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Fortune’s most-admired companies: Amazon 3rd, Starbucks 5th, Microsoft 17th

According to Fortune, the state of Washington has some admirable companies. Fortune released its 2013 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list today, with five Washington corporations in the top 25. Amazon finished at an impressive No. 3, while fellow tech-titan Microsoft came in at No. 17. Three other Washington companies made the top 100: Starbucks at… Read More

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Code.org video featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other coding geeks goes viral

Code.org, the non-profit created by entrepreneurs Ali and Hadi Partovi, has struck a nerve with its video about the importance of computer science education. The video, which was released earlier this week, has already been viewed more than five million times. (across various platforms). Of course, it didn’t hurt that the video — directed by Lesley… Read More

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Geek paradise: A video tour of the MakerHaus workshop

If there’s a geek paradise in Seattle, a 10,000-square-foot creative playground nestled in Fremont might just be it. Welcome to MakerHaus, a huge community-based working space for geeks, nerds, designers, makers and anyone else who has ever wanted to build something cool. After more than two months, MakerHaus has 121 members and seven businesses operating out… Read More

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Tech Moves: Drugstore.com vet takes helm at Allrecipes; Cascadia hires investment banking vet; etc.

Former drugstore.com vice president of e-commerce Stan Pavlovsky has been named president of Allrecipes.com, an appointment that comes after longtime exec Lisa Sharples announced that she’d be leaving the company next month. Founded in 1997, Allrecipes was acquired a year ago by magazine publisher Meredith for $175 million. “Stan has the ultimate combination of marketing… Read More

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T-Mobile revenue falls 5% as company signals future cuts

T-Mobile USA, looking to rebound against its larger rivals, reported lower fourth quarter revenue and profits overnight, and gave a clear signal that it will be making additional cuts in attempt to to shore up its business. The Bellevue-based company, part of Deutsche Telekom, reported a 5.2 percent decline in total revenue, to $4.92 billion,… Read More