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This app uses Kinect technology to prevent you from running into things while texting

Good news for smartphone addicts who just can’t keep their eyes off the iPhone: There’s an app in development designed to alert you of oncoming traffic. Juan Hincapié-Ramos, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Manitoba’s, is working on early-stage development of an app called CrashAlert that uses a depth-sensing camera to alert you of oncoming… Read More

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This American Life airing sequel to Intellectual Ventures investigation, promising new revelations

[Follow-up: This American Life: Intellectual Ventures got 90% of ongoing profits even after selling patent] Public radio’s This American Life this weekend will broadcast a sequel to its July 2011 investigation into the patent industry and Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue-based patent holding and technology company run by former Microsoft tech chief Nathan Myhrvold. Judging from a description… Read More

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Adorii ties knot with daily deal site MyWedDeal

Adorii hopes it has found its perfect mate. The Seattle startup, which offered daily deals to engaged couples on everything from photographers to bridesmaid dresses to bachelor party getaways, will shut down after getting acquired by LA’s MyWedDeal. The alliance is bittersweet for Adorii founder Matthew Matsudaira who laid off a chunk of the company’s 15-person staff earlier… Read More

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Mobile manners: The top 5 most annoying cell phone pet peeves

Smartphones, for the most part, are pretty awesome tech tools. But they also pissed us off sometimes just as much as they help. A Microsoft Safer Online Facebook poll found the top-five mobile pet peeves: Checking phones constantly Talking loudly Using or not silencing phones when appropriate Using phones during face-to-face conversation Delaying traffic by using phones What… Read More

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3 questions every job seeker should ask about culture

We come across a cornucopia of articles, white papers and blog posts on workplace culture, with inspiring examples from companies like Zappos, Facebook and Google as well as innovative ideas from fast growing start-ups. Some articles focus on the artifacts of culture like free food, foosball, pets at work, bring your mom (or dad) to… Read More

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NBCNews.com plans move to Seattle’s Columbia Center

NBCNews.com, formerly MSNBC.com, is planning to move its operations from the Microsoft campus in Redmond to new digs at Columbia Center in downtown Seattle, GeekWire has learned. NBCNews.com declined to comment, saying a lease has yet to be signed. But several sources tell GeekWire that the company, which split off from Microsoft last year, plans to… Read More

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Tech Moves: Dave Parker joins UP Global; Jeff Seely named to Lighter Capital board; and more

Seattle entrepreneur Dave Parker has been named vice president of product at UP Global, the new entity that comprises Startup Weekend and Startup America. Parker has been actively involved in the Seattle startup community for years, most recently serving as Seattle director of the Founder Institute startup incubator. He will still be engaged with Founder… Read More

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News Council to webcast hearing on Seattle Times series, sparking debate over public vote

The Washington News Council will hold a hearing Saturday morning on a complaint against the Seattle Times by one of the subjects of its 2012 “Price of Protection” investigative series. It will be the seventh hearing in the 15-year history of the group, which describes itself as the state’s only operating media oversight organization. But… Read More

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Meet the 11 startup grads from the Portland Seed Fund

Portland is certainly growing as a startup city, and now there’s a new batch of companies ready to make their mark in the Rose City. The two-year-old Portland Seed Fund just graduated its fourth class of early-stage companies. The incubator, a unique public-private partnership supported by various government agencies and organizations, gave the startups $25,000 in capital to get their… Read More

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Watch this unbelievable video of daredevils climbing up the Space Needle

When the ridiculous images of daredevils climbing up Seattle’s tallest landmarks started popping up last week, the doubters came out in full force. With photo-editing tools like Photoshop around, combined with the nearly impossible feat of climbing up structures like the Space Needle and Century Link Field, it certainly made you wonder about the authenticity. But… Read More

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The VC drain: Yes, we’re a big importer of capital too

At the Technology Alliance annual luncheon this week in downtown Seattle, industry leaders lamented the sad state of the educational system. Zillow co-founder Rich Barton and Apex Learning CEO Cheryl Vedoe spoke in detail about how Washington state isn’t doing a good job of educating our own students, relying on “imported” talent to fuel the innovation… Read More

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With increased Dish offer on table, Clearwire delays vote on Sprint bid

Bellevue-based Clearwire is delaying its vote on Sprint’s takeover offer to give the company extra time to discuss Dish Network’s new proposal. The vote, originally scheduled for Friday, has been pushed back to June 13. On Wednesday, Dish boosted its offer for Clearwire, just two days before shareholders were set to vote on Sprint’s competing proposal. The latest offer… Read More

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Ex-Microsoft manager acquiring medical cannabis dispensaries for national pot business

When he formally announced Diego Pellicer last December, Jamen Shivley said he wanted his marijuana business to be a “first-mover.” Now he’s starting to make that happen. The former Microsoft corporate manager held a press conference today in downtown Seattle that included former Mexico president Vicente Fox. Shively announced that his company has acquired the rights… Read More

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GeekWire Calendar Picks: SIFF, Sci-Fi, and Weirdness

Welcome! Here’s a look at some nerdy things happening in the Pacific Northwest this weekend and early next week. With SIFF happening, I thought it would be fun to focus on films playing that might be of extra interest to GeekWire readers. As always, check out the GeekWire Calendar for fun, interesting, and always geeky… Read More

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Nike Accelerator Spotlight: HighFive is the advertising middleman between brands and fitness apps

Editor’s note: Nike Accelerator Spotlight takes a look at the ten startups participating in the Nike+ Accelerator, a three-month startup program based in Portland, Ore. and put on by Nike and TechStars. GeekWire is featuring each company leading up to the June 10 demo day.  For months, Katie Pietrowski and Brent Gilmore were working hard at their Boston-based startup… Read More

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Poll: Washington drivers have better morals than Oregon motorists

Congrats, Washington: Your drivers show more honesty than those from down south. A new poll from Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance found that Washington drivers are more likely to leave a note with contact information after hitting an unattended car than motorists from Oregon. The numbers speak for themselves: 67 percent of Washington state drivers leave their information,… Read More

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Nuance buys Tweddle Connect for $80M to improve voice recognition software in vehicles

Nuance Communications has acquired Tweddle Connect for $80 million cash, the company announced today. The acquisition will help Nuance, which acquired Seattle-area startup Swype for $102.5 million back in October 2011, take advantage of Tweddle Connect’s delivery platform for in-car speech-software. Tweddle Connect is the connected services division of Michigan-based Tweddle Group and has its offices in Bellevue. The company aggregates third-party applications and content… Read More

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Q&A: Star Trek’s ‘Data’ on autism, space travel, and the link between humanity and technology

He didn’t realize it at the time, but when Brent Spiner portrayed an android named “Data,” during 177 episodes of Star Trek, he was an inspiration for those suffering from autism and Asperger syndrome. Often struggling to understand human emotion, “Data” was one of the few characters on TV that people with autism or Asperger… Read More

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Cadence receives $1 million defense grant to get wounded soldiers walking again

Cadence Biomedical CEO Brian Glaister certainly is having a good week. In addition to being recognized at the Technology Alliance’s annual luncheon on Wednesday, the Seattle entrepreneur also announced that his company’s Kickstart Walking System has received a $1 million grant from the Department of Defense. Kickstart is an innovative device which helps those who’ve… Read More