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Training our future leaders: Teens learn to be innovative by tackling urban living challenges

Some of the ideas pitched on the third floor of Synapse’s office in downtown Seattle last week sounded like they came from seasoned entrepreneurs. An affordable apartment living complex made from recycled shipping containers. A mobile app designed for tourists that gamified the experience of visiting Seattle’s landmarks and local attractions. A relaxation room equipped… Read More

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Flappy Bird is back — but only for Amazon Fire TV owners

Happy Flappin’ Friday. As promised, everyone’s favorite addictive bird game is making a comeback — just not the way you probably expected. Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen today released his latest game, Flappy Bird Family. But for whatever reason, Nguyen only made it available on Amazon’s Android App Store. “Flappy Birds now are on Amazon Fire… Read More

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Expedia shares up 4% after posting Q2 revenue of $1.5B

Shares of Expedia rose Thursday after the Bellevue online travel giant beat analyst expectations with its second quarter earnings. The Bellevue-based travel giant reported adjusted net income of $137.6 million (up 52% from last year) on revenues of $1.5 billion (up 24% from last year), both of which eclipsed Wall Street’s predictions. The stock was up more then… Read More

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Tableau shares up 3% after earnings beat expectations with $90M in revenue

Shares of Tableau Software were up 3 percent in after-hours trading Thursday after the company beat analyst expectations in its quarterly earnings report. For Q2 2014, the Seattle-based maker of data visualization tools made $90.7 million in revenue, an increase of 82 percent from this time last year. Analysts expected $79.7 million in revenue. Tableau also posted a… Read More

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Jintronix raises more cash from Madrona to help patients rehab with Microsoft’s Kinect

Microsoft’s Kinect sensor isn’t just for playing games — it’s also being used to help physical therapy patients recover from injuries in more efficient ways than ever. One company making this possible is Jintronix, a Seattle-based startup that is set to raise a $1.2 million round led by Madrona Venture Group. The company, which moved its… Read More

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Portland legalizes Airbnb — is Uber next?

Airbnb will soon become legal in Portland, Ore., after city leaders agreed to issue licenses that will allow people to rent out their bedrooms. “We are thrilled that Portland is joining the ranks of innovative cities around the world that are moving forward and embracing the sharing economy,” Airbnb wrote in a blog post. “Portland was… Read More

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Sony crushes Microsoft in console sales during last 3 months

Sony is winning the console war. The gaming giant posted its quarterly earnings report today and noted 3.5 million Playstation consoles sold worldwide — that includes both the PS4 and PS3. During the same time period, Microsoft reported earlier this month that it sold 1.1 million Xbox consoles, which includes the Xbox One and Xbox… Read More

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T-Mobile posts Q2 profit, surpasses 50M customers

T-Mobile is not only adding millions of customers per quarter, but now the company is back in the green. The Bellevue-based wireless carrier turned a profit of $391 million in the second quarter while adding another 1.5 million customers — its fifth consecutive quarter of subscriber growth. The profit, which follows a $154 million loss in… Read More

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Once foes, now friends: Uber, for-hire drivers team up for ‘Driver Appreciation Day’

Earlier this year, drivers from for-hire companies in Seattle would attend City Council meetings and publicly voice their displeasure with new startups like Uber and Lyft. Now, though, those feelings have appeared to go away. Less than a month after the Seattle City Council passed legislation to legalize transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, the… Read More

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Kyle Kesterson relocating to Vegas after raising $350K for Freak’n Genius from Tony Hsieh’s VC fund

Freak’n Genius is moving south. The Seattle animation startup is re-locating to Las Vegas after receiving $350,000 in funding from the VegasTechFund, a seed stage investment group that includes partners like Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. Freak’n Genius founder and CEO Kyle Kesterson will be packing up and moving his company to Sin City, where he’ll… Read More

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Microsoft should dump Windows Phone, says former Windows evangelist Robert Scoble

You probably know tech pundit Robert Scoble from his experiences as an early adopter of Google Glass. But long before he showered with the high-tech specs, the 49-year-old spent three years as Microsoft’s technology evangelist for Windows. It’s been nearly a decade since he’s worked in Redmond, but Scoble has some simple business advice for his former… Read More

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Microsoft to sell Xbox One in China on September 23 for $600

Microsoft today announced that it will begin selling the Xbox One in China on Sept. 23, giving the company access to a massive gaming market. In partnership with BesTV New Media Co., which will help manufacture the Xbox One in Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone, Microsoft will sell the console for 3,699 yuan (about $600) without the Kinect… Read More

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Cray shares down 3% after Q2 earnings beat expectations with $85M in revenue

Seattle-based supercomputer maker Cray beat Wall Street’s expectations with its second quarter earnings report, posting $85.1 million in revenue and earnings of ($0.18) per share. Analysts had predicted $74 million in revenue, with a ($0.30) earnings per share. Still, shares of Cray were down in after-hours trading on Tuesday by more than 3 percent. Revenues for… Read More

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Twitter stock surges by 30% after Q2 earnings beat expectations

Twitter shares are up more than 30 percent in after-hours trading after the social media giant posted better-than-expected second quarter earnings. Twitter beat Wall Street’s predictions for both revenue ($312 million, up 24 percent year-over-year) and earnings per share ($0.02). Analysts expected revenue of $283 million and an earnings per share of -$0.01. The company also reported 271… Read More

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We ordered lunch on Amazon, and here’s what it was like

Amazon.com is certainly no stranger to the food market, having delivered groceries to the doors of customers in Seattle — and more recently California — for the past several years via Amazon Fresh. Now the Seattle giant is taking it one step further with a new food takeout service powered by its Amazon Local mobile app. Unlike many… Read More

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City of Seattle sues Gigabit Squared for unpaid bill of $52,250 after botched broadband deal

Not only did Gigabit Squared fail on its promise to bring ultra-fast broadband to Seattle last year, but the company also left the city with an unpaid bill of $52,250. Now, the city wants that money — and it’s taking Gigabit Squared to court in order to get it. As we reported back in January, financial problems forced Cincinnati-based… Read More

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Airbnb targets business travelers, inks partnership with Concur

Airbnb wants to reach more business travelers and today announced a new partnership with Bellevue-based travel expense company Concur. Business travelers who use Concur’s TripLink booking service will be able to reserve Airbnb listings straight from Concur’s platform and have their expense reports automatically updated to TripLink. It’s part of a new push from Airbnb toward… Read More