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Shares of MicroVision soar on deal with UPS

Shares of MicroVision jumped more than 15 percent in early morning trading after the Redmond company inked a deal with shipping giant UPS. MicroVision said that UPS has agreed to use its PicoP display system to assist with a new package guidance application at UPS — one which is designed to increase processing efficiency in… Read More

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Boeing engineers create the PebbleBee, so you never lose your keys, kids or TV remote

Are you one of those folks who always seems to lose your keys, cell phone or TV remote control? Well, don’t sweat. Here comes the PebbleBee. Developed by Boeing software engineers Daniel Daoura and Nick Pearson-Franks, the PebbleBee is a tiny Bluetooth-enabled device that affixes to various personal items, notifying users if they happen to wander outside… Read More

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Chart: Top 50 highest rated CEOs based on what employees say

Looking for a good boss? This list might be the place to start. Glassdoor has released its annual list of the Highest Rated CEOs for 2014, determined by employee feedback. As you can imagine, several technology names are near the top of the list, including Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn (#1); Paul Jacobs of Qualcomm (#4); and… Read More

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Mobile health app maker Mindbloom acquired

  Mindbloom, a Seattle maker of mobile apps designed to help people live healthier lives, has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by Denver-based Welltok. Mindbloom’s 11 employees will be joining Welltok, which plans to use the acquisition as a base for expansion in Seattle. It will continue to operate Mindbloom’s apps, which… Read More

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Zillow poaches one Move exec, gets sued for hiring another

For the second time this month, Zillow has poached a leading executive from rival Move Inc. Zillow announced today that it has hired Curt Beardsley as vice president of industry development, responsible for bolstering relations with multiple listing services across the country. He most recently held that role at Move, which operates the Realtor.com Web… Read More

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Study: Ugly men have a tougher time raising venture capital

When it comes to raising cash, you’re better off looking a bit like Brad Pitt or David Beckham. A new study out from researchers at MIT, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania indicates that men who are less physically attractive have a much harder time raising money. It also indicates that women have a harder… Read More

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Amazon to open 1-million square foot fulfillment center near hometown of Seattle

Amazon.com is expanding in its own backyard. The Seattle-based company announced Friday that it plans to open a new fulfillment center in Kent, about 20 miles south of the company’s headquarters in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. It will mark the company’s fourth planned fulfillment center in Washington state, joining other facilities in Sumner and… Read More

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This Microsoft vet just scored $4 million to radically change the way you use email on mobile devices

Let’s face it. Managing email on a mobile device kind of sucks. It’s nearly impossible to find archived messages, let alone seamlessly connecting to one’s calendar, contacts or other third-party services such as Dropbox, LinkedIn or Facebook. The whole thing just seems ready for a refresh. Gordon Mangione, a tech industry veteran who worked as a corporate… Read More

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Rover.com fetches $12M, plans to expand dog sitting marketplace

Online dog sitting marketplace Rover.com has a new best friend: Menlo Ventures. The Silicon Valley venture capital firm, an early backer of Fab.com, Uber and Tumblr, is leading a $12 million investment in the Seattle startup. That brings total funding in the 43-person company to nearly $25 million, making it the most heavily funded of… Read More

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Man vs. Robot: The ultimate ping pong challenge

As many of you know, we love our ping pong here at GeekWire. In fact, we’ll be hosting our annual GeekWire Anniversary Bash & Ping Pong tournament next Thursday at the Showbox Sodo. We’ve got some awesome players in the lineup this year — including past champions Avi Cavale of Shippable, Sanjay Puri of 9Mile… Read More

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Zach Galifianakis to President Obama: Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to make your Web site?

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama from President Barack Obama This is pretty hilarious stuff. President Barack Obama goes toe-to-toe with comedian Zach Galifianakis on “Between Two Ferns” — with the two shooting from the hip as they touch on everything from gay marriage to football to Bradley Cooper. The best part is when Galifianakis… Read More