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PAX: Microsoft talks new music, maps for Halo Master Chief Collection

Hundreds of Halo fans packed Benaroya Hall this morning as executives from Microsoft’s 343 Industries detailed some upcoming features for the new Halo: Master Chief Collection. As part of this weekend’s PAX Prime game convention in Seattle, 343 announced that the Halo 2 Anniversary game will feature remastered audio from Skywalker Sound along with new tracks from Misha Mansoor and… Read More

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UberX drivers honk horns in downtown Seattle to protest low wages

Hear those horns in downtown Seattle? It’s the sound of angry UberX drivers fed up with the way they’re being paid. The frustrated contractors are gathering outside of Uber’s Seattle office at Smith Tower for a rather loud protest. They are part of a new group called Seattle Ride-Share Drivers Association that met on Wednesday to discuss a recent price… Read More

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Educational microloan non-profit Vittana shutting down

Vittana, the Seattle non-profit that facilitates micro-loans to students in developing countries, is closing down. The organization sent an email to its supporters Friday morning notifying them of the news. “Vittana has never been a conventional charity,” wrote CEO Robin Wolaner. “One of our founding beliefs was that once we reached scale, we could do our work… Read More

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Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer pledges to help bring NBA basketball back to Seattle

Steve Ballmer may now own an NBA franchise in Los Angeles, but he’s going to do everything in his power to help bring back professional hoops to Seattle. The former Microsoft CEO made the pledge during a fantastic hour-long interview on Thursday with KJR’s Mitch Levy, during which the former Microsoft CEO detailed his path to becoming the owner of the Los… Read More

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Sidecar CEO responds to Uber’s questionable recruiting tactics: ‘I can’t say I’m surprised’

The Verge story that published earlier this week and exposed Uber’s questionable recruiting tactics was a shock to many. After learning how Uber’s independent contractors take Lyft rides as a way to recruit new drivers — and sometimes canceling those rides to avoid being caught by Lyft — many vowed never to use Uber again. Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul, however,… Read More

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Gamers can pre-load Destiny on their Xbox One starting today

For Xbox One owners that want to avoid waiting in line late at night to purchase Destiny, Microsoft is allowing people to pre-load the highly-anticipated game on their consoles. That means those that pre-order the first-person shooter can pre-load a $59.99 digital version of the game onto their Xbox One and begin playing at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 9. Sony… Read More

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T-Mobile shares rise after Deutsche Telekom expresses interest in sale

Shares of T-Mobile went up today after Bloomberg reported that Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent company, is willing to negotiate a sale for the wireless carrier. Bloomberg noted that Deutsche Telekom, which owns 67 percent of the Bellevue-based U.S. carrier, is entertaining offers that value T-Mobile at $35 per share or more. This comes after Deutsche Telekom turned down… Read More

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UberX drivers quit working in Seattle to protest lower wages

Some UberX drivers in Seattle are no longer working for Uber as a way to protest how they’ve been treated by the transportation company. About 100 drivers from a new group called Seattle Ride-Share Drivers Association gathered Wednesday to show their frustration with a recent price reduction Uber has implemented. Back in June, Uber lowered prices for… Read More

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AT&T and Verizon beef up cell service at Oregon, Washington college football stadiums

College football fans in the Northwest will have an easier time sending tweets and uploading pictures from their smartphones this fall. The University of Oregon announced today that both AT&T and Verizon have installed a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at Autzen Stadium, just in time for the 2014 college football season. The addition will help… Read More

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Twitter now lets anyone use its free analytics tool

If you’re wondering how many people — or how few — interacted with your most recent tweet, well, Twitter has the answers. Twitter’s analytics tool, which was previously available only to verified users, advertisers, and card publishers, is now open to any English, Spanish, French, and Japanese user who has had an account for at… Read More

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Bluetooth-enabled cooler breaks Kickstarter record for most-funded campaign

Most successful Kickstarter campaigns exceed funding goals by a couple hundred, or maybe even a thousand dollars. But what Ryan Grepper has accomplished is unprecedented. The Portland inventor of the “Coolest Cooler” just set a new Kickstarter record for the most-funded campaign ever. The geeked-out cooler, which features a built-in bluetooth speaker, USB charger, blender, cutting board,… Read More

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Starbucks cancels thousands of Gold accounts over issues with birthday information

Loyal Starbucks customers are waking up to some frustrating news this morning. The Seattle coffee giant is canceling Gold Card reward accounts of members over issues with its compliance policy. Scott King, a writer and photographer from Texas, told GeekWire that his membership card was canceled because Starbucks didn’t have proof that he was over 13 years… Read More

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Microsoft to sell standalone Xbox One Kinect sensor for $150 this October

Four months after it began selling the Xbox One without a Kinect sensor in June, Microsoft will now offer up a way for customers to purchase the motion-tracking device separately. The company announced today that a standalone Kinect will be available starting Oct. 7 for $149.99 — that’s $50 cheaper than the Kinect for Windows. The Kinect for Xbox… Read More

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Amazon touts Student program with $5K college scholarships

Amazon is handing out college scholarships in an effort to have more people sign up for its Amazon Student program. The Seattle company today announced that it will award 50 full-time undergraduate students with $5,000 for tuition and another $500 to spend on textbooks on Amazon. The scholarships will be awarded to students who “demonstrate extraordinary ability in leadership and… Read More

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Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser moving to Seattle’s Pioneer Square tech hub

Weyerhaeuser, a 114-year-old forestry company based in Federal Way, Wash., is moving its workforce to the 200 Occidental building in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood.    Brian Wilson, chief of staff to Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, told GeekWire via telephone this afternoon that the company will move 800 employees to Seattle in late 2016 and sell… Read More

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Poll: Will Uber’s questionable marketing tactics force you to choose Lyft, or a taxi?

The Verge has a fascinating story today that examines Uber’s questionable recruiting tactics that is part of an attempt to take down its largest competitor. Internal documents show that Uber hires independent contractors to take Lyft rides as a way to convince drivers to leave Lyft and work for Uber. Some of these recruiters cancel Lyft rides to… Read More

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T-Mobile expands family plan deal, adds data for tablet owners

Another day, another deal from T-Mobile. The Bellevue-based wireless carrier today revealed yet another promotion, this time expanding its family plans and offering more data capacity for tablet owners. T-Mobile customers on a family plan can now add up to 10 lines for $10 each per month, up from a previous allotment of five lines. The… Read More

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Instacart arrives in Portland, offering grocery delivery from Whole Foods and Costco

Portland folks now have a new way of ordering groceries to their door. Grocery delivery service Instacart today launched in the Rose City, giving customers a way to get groceries delivered from Whole Foods, Costco, and Uwajimaya in an hour. This is the 13th market for San Francisco-based Instacart, which plans on expanding to 17 cities by the… Read More

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Bill & Melinda Gates give $1M to gun law; Nick Hanauer pours in another $1M

Bill & Melinda Gates had already donated $50,000 to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a coalition that wants to require background checks for Washington residents who buy firearms at gun shows and online. But now the couple is reaching deeper into their pockets and late last week poured in $500,000 each to the organization. The Gates’ have joined Steve… Read More

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Amazon’s $970M acquisition of Twitch is largest in its history

Confirming reports from earlier this morning, Amazon announced this afternoon that it has agreed to acquire video game streaming site Twitch for $970 million in cash. This is Amazon’s biggest acquisition in its 21-year history, and particularly noteworthy given that Google had reportedly agreed to purchase Twitch for about same price just last month. In its last earnings report, Amazon noted… Read More

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Update: Amazon acquires video game streaming site Twitch for $970M

Update: Amazon’s $970M acquisition of Twitch is largest in its history Original story:  Amazon is on the verge of acquiring video game streaming company Twitch. The Information and The Wall Street Journal report today that the Seattle online giant is in “late-stage talks” to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. This is particularly interesting given that Google had reportedly agreed… Read More

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You won’t believe what this story is about! Facebook cracking down on ‘click-baiting’

Facebook today announced that it is cracking down on posts it deems as “click bait,” or headlines that try to convince people to click on content that they aren’t actually interested in. The social media giant surveyed its users about content in their News Feed, and unsurprisingly found that 80 percent of the time, people preferred… Read More