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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to speak at University of Washington graduation

Graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates. OK — maybe that’s not exactly what former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is going to say at Husky Stadium on June 14, paying homage to his epic “developers” chant on stage at a conference in 2000. But University of Washington graduates can certainly expect high energy and some sound advice from Ballmer,… Read More

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Here’s why Amazon pays $5K to warehouse workers who quit

In Jeff Bezos’ annual letter to shareholders, the Amazon.com CEO and founder revealed an interesting program that pays workers at the company’s warehouses to quit. Yes, that’s right: Amazon gives money to those who jump ship. “Pay to Quit,” an idea born at Amazon-owned Zappos.com, was put into place to get rid of employees who… Read More

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UW spin-out Oricula Therapeutics raises cash to sell medicine that prevents hearing loss

Oricula Therapeutics, a startup spun out of the University of Washington, has raised $122,000 to commercialize medicine that can help prevent hearing loss. Founded in 2013, Seattle-based Oricula grew out of research done at the UW that uncovered ways to help patients maintain good hearing after taking antibiotics for serious infections. The startup has licensed… Read More

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Seattle Mayor: ‘We should not allow our Internet access to be managed by a private monopoly’

Seattle citizens need better and more affordable Internet. That’s the vibe from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s blog post this morning, in which he vows to improve Internet options and performance while securing “Seattle’s position as a leader in technology once again.” Murray’s post does not detail how exactly the City will achieve better connectivity and… Read More

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Boeing bans headphones, forces employees to stand still while answering phone calls

Boeing employees have a new rule to follow while working: No more headphones. New safety measures implemented later this month will ban the use of headphones for Boeing employees working in operations, production and transportation areas, according to MyNorthwest.com. That’s not all, though. Employees in those areas must now answer work-related phone calls while standing in one… Read More

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Zillow, Haiku Deck, Tred nominated for Webby Awards honoring top apps, websites

Nominations were released today for the 18th annual Webby Awards, the Oscars-style bash for Internet innovation, creativity and other wacky stuff. As usual, Seattle area companies are well represented on the list of nominees, which spans categories in digital advertising, film, writing, website and mobile apps. There are eight Seattle-related innovations up for this year’s Webby… Read More

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RealNetworks hires industry vet Atul Bali to lead video game division

RealNetworks today announced that Atul Bali, a 20-year gaming industry vet, will head up the company’s video game division beginning later this month. Bali was previously the CEO of Aristocrat Technologies, a company that supports land-based and online gaming solutions. He’ll be in charge of RealNetworks’ game portfolio, which includes the GameHouse — formerly RealGames — and… Read More

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More funding for cancer research in Seattle: Adaptive Biotechnologies raises $105M

Researchers from Seattle who are finding ways to eliminate cancer are bringing in some serious funding today. On the same day the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced a $20 million donation from the family of Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, Seattle-based Adaptive Biotechnologies announced a big $105 million investment. Adaptive, which had previously only raised $15 million, was… Read More

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Delta flight attendants upgrade from Lumia 820 to bigger Lumia 1520 ‘phablet’

Days with Nokia’s Lumia 820 are over for flight attendants working for Delta Air Lines. Instead, they’re getting a nice little upgrade and will be using the bigger Windows 8.1-powered Lumia 1520 “phablet” by the end of 2014. The 20,000 flight attendants will use the device to access the on-board manual, allowing Delta to ditch the 500-page,… Read More

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Need an item delivered? Uber launching courier service

Uber is no longer only helping people move around town. Now, the San Francisco-based startup is testing out its own delivery service. Starting Tuesday in New York City, Uber is rolling out a service that will allow customers to send items around Manhattan via an Uber employee, who will move products from A to B… Read More