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Office 365 migration service SkyKick raises $3 million

SkyKick, a Seattle-based startup that helps IT partners move businesses to Office 365, has raised an additional $3 million in capital to help fuel growth abroad. The 40-person company raised the fresh cash from a group of private equity investors, including Tim Ferriss and Navin Thukkaram. SkyKick is formerly known as CloudVisors, which launched in April 2011. It charges… Read More

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New Microsoft ad touts Cortana, slams Apple’s Siri

Siri vs. Cortana might just be an updated version of the PC vs. Mac showdown. Microsoft just debuted a new video ad touting Cortana, its virtual assistant found on Windows Phone. The 30-second spot features Cortana accomplishing tasks like scheduling reminders and providing traffic alerts. Meanwhile, Apple’s digital assistant cannot understand the human commands. “Now that is a smart phone,” Siri… Read More

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Cool hack: Here’s how to find your Uber passenger rating

One unique part about companies like Uber and Lyft is the ability for riders to rate their drivers, and vice versa. The transparent grading system helps the startups monitor driver performance, while also giving passengers a way to provide feedback on their experience. But while Uber and Lyft riders can see driver ratings, it’s not possible to… Read More

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GeekWire vs. Yedlin: What happened when we challenged a World Cup star at FIFA 14

As soon as DeAndre Yedlin initiated the slightly-difficult fake-shot trick just 30 seconds into our virtual match, it became obvious that I was facing off against an experienced FIFA 14 gamer. This was going to be fun. Thanks to Golazo and a massive truck filled with gaming consoles, we had the sweet opportunity this past Friday to see if professional soccer players are… Read More

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Seattle City Council asks Jeff Bezos to treat Amazon.com’s security guards better

The Seattle City Council isn’t happy with how some Amazon.com security workers are being treated. All nine councilmembers penned a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos this week, asking that he address concerns shared by the Seattle Human Rights Commission over the treatment of workers hired by Security Industry Specialists (SIS), an Amazon subcontractor. The… Read More

Househappy CEO Kevin McCloskey.

Portland’s Househappy raises more cash for real estate listings portal

Portland-based real estate listings startup Househappy has raised $2 million of a $2.75 million round, according to a regulatory filing. The company, which launched last year and previously reeled in $1.5 million this past November, offers a simple photo-driven website that lists more than 2 million properties for sale. Real estate agents can post their listings on Househappy for free, while buyers… Read More

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Uber launches in Oregon, but stays away from Portland for now

Uber is now operating in Oregon, but has yet to conduct business in the state’s most populous city. The transportation startup launched its UberX service in Salem and Eugene earlier this week, allowing citizens to hail rides from people driving their own personal cars. But Uber is still staying out of Portland. As we highlighted in January,… Read More

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Amazon shares dip more than 11% as Fire smartphone debuts

Investors aren’t too thrilled with Amazon’s most recent quarterly earnings report. Amazon shares were down more than 11 percent on Friday morning, one day after Amazon saw revenue increase 23 percent to $19 billion in the second quarter, but missed expectations with a quarterly loss of $126 million. The Seattle online giant warned that losses in the third quarter… Read More

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Cancer research company Immune Design raises $60M in IPO

Trading on the NASDAQ under the ticker IMDZ, Seattle biotech company Immune Design today priced its initial public offering at $12 per share and raised $60 million. The company, which is working on novel technologies that activate the body’s immune system to fight cancer, had previously set its IPO range at $12 to $14 per share with… Read More

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Car2go for bicycles: Here are the proposed stations for Seattle’s bike-sharing program

In about two months, a fleet of 500 rentable blue and green bikes will arrive in the Emerald City. Pronto! Emerald City Cycle Share will launch in Seattle this fall, providing bicycles that citizens can use to ride around town. To start, there will be 50 stations in four neighborhoods — University District, South Lake Union, Downtown and Capitol Hill… Read More

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Yes, Steve Ballmer is overpaying for the Los Angeles Clippers

Newsflash: Steve Ballmer is paying too much for the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPN obtained financial documents that reveal expected 2014 revenue for the Clippers, a team that Ballmer is set to purchase for $2 billion. The “bid book,” which was used by current owner Shelly Sterling as an exhibit in court, reveals that the Clippers should make… Read More

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A tasty trend or a bubble? Why investors and entrepreneurs are so bullish on food delivery

Back in 2011, when Scott Stanford and Shervin Pishevar led separate investments in Uber’s $37 million Series B round back in 2011, fellow investors and other friends scoffed. “Why are you guys investing in a limo company?” the naysayers asked. While Uber is now operating in 128 cities and valued at $18 billion, Stanford and Pishevar went on to start… Read More

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Microsoft mum on Xbox One sales; notes 1.1M ‘Xbox consoles’ shipped in past 3 months

Microsoft hasn’t reported Xbox One sales statistics for quite some time, and that didn’t change with today’s quarterly earnings report. The company noted that it sold 1.1 million Xbox consoles to retailers worldwide in the past three months — that’s counting both Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. It’s unclear how many were actually sold to consumers…. Read More

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Food on demand: We tested 7 meal delivery services, and here’s who came out on top

The process of delivering food isn’t rocket science, nor is it novel. Someone orders a meal, and another person delivers it. But for whatever reason, there seems to be a food delivery bubble expanding nationwide — and particularly in Seattle. Caviar. Munchery. Postmates. Peachd. Lish. Bitesquad. Eat24. GrubHub. If you’re craving food but don’t want to leave… Read More

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Denver Police chief opens investigation into Uber incident, issues public apology to Seattle man

Denver Police Chief Robert White has launched an investigation into an incident involving an officer who told a Seattle man that the Uber ride he was taking was illegal. In a letter posted on Twitter from the Denver Police account, Chief White publicly apologized to Dave Cook, the Seattle man who recounted the incident in a post on GeekWire over the… Read More

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Number of UberX drivers in Seattle soars past 2,000

If you’re looking for a ride in Seattle these days, waiting for an Uber vehicle will likely not take more than 10 minutes. That’s because there are more Uber drivers on the city’s roads than ever. This is particularly true for UberX, Uber’s cheaper service that allows everyday people to use their own vehicles to transport people… Read More

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Valve boss Gabe Newell interviewed by ESPN: ‘The Internet is changing what sports is’

Gabe Newell has sat through thousands of interviews. His conversation that aired nationally on Sunday evening, though, was particularly unique. Newell, CEO and co-founder of Bellevue-based gaming company Valve, had an interview broadcasted to millions of people on ESPN2 as part of a 30-minute show about the massive Dota 2 tournament happening at Seattle’s Key Arena. Newell… Read More