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The end of airport check-in? Hawaiian Airlines testing pre-printed bag tags in Seattle

The Internet and smartphones have made it easier to skip lines at airports by checking in and bringing a boarding pass in advance. But checking luggage for a long trip often still means waiting in line to get bags tagged and sent into the bowels of the airport. Hawaiian Airlines is tackling that challenge, testing two pilot programs at… Read More

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Here comes Windows 9: Microsoft reportedly sets unveiling for next month, in advance of 2015 release

Microsoft is gearing up to reveal its latest major update to Windows, codenamed “Threshold” at a press event tentatively set for late September, according to a report by the Verge. The update is slated to contain a return to a desktop Start menu that will look and feel more familiar to people who are used to Microsoft’s older operating… Read More

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Project management company Daptiv sells to Changepoint

Daptiv Solutions, a Seattle-based project portfolio management company, has been acquired by Changepoint, a Toronto company that builds professional services automation software. The specific terms were not disclosed, but the deal comes four years after Daptiv was sold to private equity firm Parallax Capital Partners for $12.6 million. Daptiv was founded as eProject 17 years… Read More

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Xamarin raises $54M in funding to bring Microsoft’s programming language to other platforms

Xamarin, the San Francisco-based company that allows developers to code applications for a variety of different platforms using Microsoft’s C# programming language, announced today that it has raised a $54 million Series C round of financing. The round was led by a number of firms, including Ignition Partners, Lead Edge Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Floodgate… Read More

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Tune takes first steps onto European mainland with new Berlin office

Tune, the mobile marketing startup formerly known as HasOffers, announced today that the company is expanding the reach of its offices to continental Europe by opening a new branch in Berlin. The office, which will primarily be focused on business development and account management, is being led by former Myspace and Muzu.tv executive Julian Schroll…. Read More

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Tech Moves: Chef names new VP of Engineering, Lyft COO leaves after tension with founders; and more

—Jez Humble has joined Chef as the company’s Engineering Vice President. Prior to joining Chef, Humble was a principal at ThoughtWorks, where he led product and consulting efforts focused on team collaboration and software development efficiency. In addition, Humble is the co-author of “Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation,” a book about… Read More

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CenturyLink faces potential $170k fine over San Juan Islands outage

Staff members with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission today recommended that CenturyLink pay more than $170,000 in penalties over its handling of a 10-day-long service outage on the San Juan Islands last year. In November, an underwater cable that provided internet and phone service to residents of the San Juan Islands was severed, leaving… Read More

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Microsoft relaunches OneNote for Android, with tablet and handwriting support

Android tablet users now have a better note-taking app from Microsoft. The company announced today that it’s launching a new version of OneNote for phones and tablets running on Google’s operating system, just in time for back-to-school season. The app, which is available for free, offers popular OneNote features including support for handwriting and a new tablet… Read More

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Microsoft Azure hit by “service interruption” affecting virtual machines, websites and more

Companies who rely on Microsoft Azure to power their online services are having a rough afternoon. A number of the services provided by Microsoft’s cloud platform are currently down in regions around the world. Users of the Virtual Machine, Cloud Services and Website products provided by Azure are the hardest hit by the outage, which… Read More

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The Amazing Book Race: We pitted Amazon vs. Google in a same-day delivery test, and this is who won

SAN FRANCISCO — At a time when it’s easier than ever to get what you want, when you want it, Amazon and Google are competing against each other and an array of startups to be the go-to service for people who want products delivered on the same day they’re ordered. Amazon has begun offering same-day delivery of products from its… Read More

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Algorithmia raises $2.4M from Madrona and others to create marketplace for algorithms

Algorithmia, a Seattle-based startup that wants to build a marketplace for algorithms, has raised $2.4 million in a round of seed funding led by Madrona Venture Group. Others participating include Rakuten Ventures, Deep Fork Capital and a group of angel investors including former University of Washington computer science professor and Farecast founder Oren Etzioni and… Read More

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Consumer Reports dings Amazon’s Fire phone on its UI, battery life

Consumer Reports has finished subjecting Amazon’s Fire smartphone to its litany of tests, and has found it wanting. While CR praised the Fire’s new and innovative features like its Dynamic Perspective 3D effect, it said that the Fire’s user interface quirks took some getting used to. In particular, reviewers faulted the phone’s back gesture, which… Read More

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Appuri raises $261K to help predict customer behavior

Appuri, a Redmond-based big data startup, has raised $261,000 from a group of Seattle and Bay Area angel investors to continue propelling its business forward. The company graduated from 9Mile Labs last fall, and is working to scale up its business and get more customers signed up on its Data Platform. Appuri provides companies with… Read More

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Rover bites back after DogVacay claims to be top dog among pooch-boarding startups

Who is the top dog in canine boarding? That question is a contentious one among two pet-sitting startups. DogVacay CEO Aaron Hirschhorn told PandoDaily earlier this week that his company’s business is an order of magnitude larger than Seattle-based Rover.com, a statement that came as the company expanded its services and updated its mobile app. But Rover… Read More