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Ready for Webvan 2.0? Grocery service’s founder is taking another bite at the apple

Nobody would blame Webvan co-founder Louis Borders for staying away from the grocery delivery business. His company saw a meteoric rise during the first dot-com boom, but was laid low after an expansion push outside the San Francisco Bay Area, including an acquisition of Bellevue-based HomeGrocer.com, didn’t work out. But Borders, who was also a… Read More

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Amazon vet’s grocery delivery startup Instacart is coming to Seattle

Watch out, Amazon Fresh: a new competitor is heading into town. Instacart, the grocery delivery service that leverages the ‘sharing economy,’ is looking to expand to Seattle, according to a new posting on GeekWork, GeekWire’s job site. It’s a big step for Instacart, which has seen explosive growth since the company launched in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company… Read More

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More than 600 Seattle U students had information exposed because of bad security settings

Sometimes, bad security breaches don’t even require specialized code or software bugs. Case in point: Seattle University, which accidentally left personal records for 628 current and former students exposed – including names, social security numbers and some medical information –thanks to improperly set permissions on the school’s email system. The bad settings allowed users to… Read More

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Intellectual Ventures’ licensing chief resigns, leaving deputies in charge

Intellectual Ventures’ top licensing executive, Andy Elder, has resigned his post for personal reasons and will depart at the end of the month, the company said today. It’s a major departure for Intellectual Ventures, which relies heavily on licensing revenue. Elder has been the company’s dealmaker-in-chief, leading the team that licenses Intellectual Ventures’ large portfolio of… Read More

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Facebook’s new ‘Nearby Friends’ feature aims to help users connect in real life

Facebook is rolling out a “Nearby Friends” feature to its mobile app, aiming to help users get together with people they know. When two friends who both have the feature enabled come into range with one another, they’ll get a push notification that says they’re in the area. Don’t worry, it’s optional, and opt-in. The feature… Read More

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New data: T-Mobile leads Q1 subscriber growth in U.S.

It seems like T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” moves are continuing to work. According to a report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, T-Mobile saw the greatest subscriber growth out of any U.S. carrier during the first quarter of 2014. The Bellevue-based carrier has been working hard to woo new subscribers with a number of competitive moves, and announced in… Read More

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Nokia suspends sales of Lumia 2520 tablet in Europe over faulty chargers

Nokia today told users of its Lumia 2520 Windows 8.1 tablets to discontinue use of travel chargers purchased in several countries, including the U.S., as well as a wall charger sold with the device in several European countries. The company has “temporarily delayed” sales of the tablet and the travel charger in the affected European countries, and… Read More

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Google sells out of its one-day supply of Glass

Google says it ran out of slots for people interested in purchasing Google Glass during a one-day promotion Tuesday when the head-mounted device was available for sale to the public. Like previous buyers of Google’s hardware, purchasers from this latest round had to pay $1,500 plus tax for the latest “Explorer Edition” hardware in their choice of… Read More

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Google to buy solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace

Google has reached an agreement to acquire Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based company that builds solar-powered drones, according to a statement from Google emailed to GeekWire. Titan builds a pair of drones, named the Solara 50 and the Solara 60, that use solar panels and batteries to stay aloft without needing to recharge. The company… Read More

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Tech Moves: Amazon exec leaves for Square, Edifecs expands leadership team, and more

—Alyssa Henry has joined Square as its head of Engineering, the company announced today. Prior to her work at the payments company, which is helmed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Henry served in a number of engineering leadership roles at Amazon, and was most recently the Vice President of Amazon Web Services Storage Services. Prior to that,… Read More

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Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview

Windows Phone developers can now install the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system on their personal devices. The company announced today that Windows Phone 8.1 is available through the Windows Phone Preview program, so devs can get a head start on building apps for the new update, which will be rolling out to consumers… Read More

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Q&A: Margaret O’Mara on the history of innovation and what makes a tech hub tick

Margaret O’Mara, an associate professor of history at the University of Washington, spends her days analyzing the ingredients that make up technology hubs like Seattle and San Francisco. The author of Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley sat down with Todd Bishop and John Cook for the latest… Read More

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This startup wants to let airline passengers compete in ‘intra-cabin gaming’

Skycast has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft to develop a next-generation in-flight entertainment system for Windows tablets. Right now, Skycast is developing solutions with Microsoft that work on a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet enclosed in a security shell, and will feature content including movies, TV, digital magazines, music, and a “Xbox Game… Read More

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Amazon taps Chloë Sevigny, Ron Perlman and other stars for new TV pilots

Amazon announced today that it has green-lit two new original pilots that will compete to become a part of its third season of original programming through Prime Instant Video. Like Amazon’s previous offerings, both “The Cosmopolitans” and “Hand of God” feature star-studded casts. “The Cosmopolitans,” directed by Academy Award nominee Whit Stillman, is a dramatic… Read More