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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Seahawks star Richard Sherman make TIME’s 100 most influential list

TIME released its annual list of 100 most influential people in the world and several tech leaders made the cut this year. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, who had made the list in previous years, was deemed “tech’s most enduring innovator,” by TIME. Here’s what PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel wrote about Bezos: Twenty years ago Jeff Bezos… Read More

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Code.org partners with 30 school districts to help teach kids about computer science

More than two million students across the nation will learn how to code thanks to a Seattle-based organization that is on a serious mission to teach kids about computer science. Code.org today announced partnerships with 30 schools districts — including three of the top 10 largest districts in the country — that will allow teachers to use the… Read More

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Geek pride: Here are the nerdiest states in America

Utah has a bunch of nerds, while Washington D.C. lacks any geek pride. Those are a few data points from a study of the “Nerdiest States in America,” by Seattle online real estate startup Estately. To determine which state has the most geeks, Estately looked at Facebook data to see what percentage of users from each state listed… Read More

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Facebook Messenger app passes 200M users, Zuckerberg focused on ‘private content’

After Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in February, it was clear that the social media giant saw potential on the messaging space. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke about that strategy today during the company’s first quarter earnings call when asked about building out Facebook’s communication ecosystem. Zuckerberg noted that Facebook has historically focused on friends and public content,… Read More

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Facebook beats Q1 expectations with $2.5B in revenue; CFO resigning

Facebook beat Wall Street’s expectations today with a Q1 revenue of $2.5 billion and an $0.34 EPS. The company also announced that CFO David Ebersman will be stepping down in June. Analysts predicted revenue somewhere between $2.36 and $2.4 billion — with EPS at about $0.24 — and Facebook certainly exceeded that, with Q1 revenue increasing 72 percent… Read More

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Microsoft hopes to move students away from Google with ad-free version of Bing

Microsoft has rolled out a custom Bing search engine for schools, allowing administrators to enable an ad-free version of Bing with privacy controls and filters that block adult content. Microsoft first debuted this program in August — back then it was called “Bing for Schools” — to 4.5 million students in a select number of schools, but now is… Read More

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Whole Foods is turning overripe produce into fertilizer with this geeky machine

Just when you thought Whole Foods couldn’t get any more green, well, now the organic grocery store is. The Austin-based market announced today that its Bellevue, Wash. location will soon begin converting food scraps into organic fertilizer that can be sold to farmers and consumers. The process is made possible by Redmond-based WISErg, which has built a geeky machine called the “Harvester.” WISErg… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Gadget of the Year

An iPad-enabled microscope camera. A sensor that can detect water leaks in homes. A camera lens for mobile phones. These are just a few of the sweet devices up for our GeekWire Awards Gadget of the Year category, which features some of the most impressive pieces of hardware that entrepreneurs in this region have built. As… Read More

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Startup advice: CEO shares lessons in company culture, employee morale with free book

When you travel to 15 countries and interview entrepreneurs about their advice on management, culture and leadership, you’re bound to come away with some useful insight. That’s exactly what TINYhr CEO David Niu did two years ago, buying a one-way ticket to New Zealand with his wife and 10-month old daughter. Not only did the six-month trip… Read More

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This startup figured out how to charge devices wirelessly through walls from 40 feet away

It’s been more than 12 years since Hatem Zeine first shared his crazy idea for wireless power with friends and colleagues. Back then, though, none of his peers really believed anything Zeine said. “And your next invention is time travel, right?” they would respond. Well, time travel isn’t quite here yet. But wireless charging — the kind that… Read More

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Utrip raises $750K to help plan your next vacation itinerary

Planning a trip can be a stressful task, and one Seattle startup wants to use artificial intelligence and local expertise to do it for you. Utrip today launched out of beta and also announced that it has raised $750,000 in a round led by Virtuoso CEO Matthew Upchurch and New York-based CB Alliance. Utrip, founded in April 2011… Read More

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Bertha delayed: World’s largest tunnel boring machine won’t dig again until 2015

Bertha must be real bored by now. The world’s largest tunnel boring machine, which is digging a 1.7-mile underground tunnel in Seattle, will not resume operations until March 2015. Bertha was damaged in December after digging just 1,000 feet and has not moved since. Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), the contractor group managing the project, said today that it will spend… Read More

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Nokia smartphone business to be called ‘Microsoft Mobile’ after $7.2B deal closes

“Microsoft Mobile” — that’s a name you might hear more often once Microsoft’s $7.2 billion deal to acquire Nokia’s Devices and Services business officially closes on Friday. In a letter obtained by NokiaPowerUser that was reportedly sent from Nokia to its suppliers, Microsoft will change the “Nokia” name to “Microsoft Mobile,” at least for behind-the-scenes legal documentation, and… Read More

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Netflix voice support coming to Amazon Fire TV this year

Last week, it was Hulu and Crackle joining the Amazon Fire TV party. Now, Netflix is in, too. In his letter Q1 earnings letter to shareholders, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that his company expects to enable voice search for Amazon’s new $99 set-top box “later this year.” Currently, the voice search feature — which we came… Read More

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Apple, Google — and now Amazon — offer game publishers top app store placement for exclusivity

Video game publishers are no strangers to signing exclusive deals with platforms, and now that practice is becoming apparent in the mobile gaming industry. A Wall Street Journal report this morning notes that Apple and Google are now offering mobile game publishers highly-coveted placement within their app stores in exchange for exclusivity. As a classic example, WSJ notes… Read More

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Microsoft, Motorola Solutions to share technology with patent licensing agreement

Microsoft today announced a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solutions, enabling the two companies to share technology. The license will provide coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Motorola Solutions’ devices running Android and Chrome OS. Note that this is Motorola Solutions, not Motorola Mobility, the company that Lenovo bought from Google for $2.91 billion in January…. Read More