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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

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and family donate $20M to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The family of Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos just made the largest single contribution to the Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, pouring in $20 million to help researchers develop new ways to cure cancer. The money will help support the development of groundbreaking cancer immunotherapies. This marks the second time the Bezos family has donated money… Read More

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Microsoft enables YouTube uploads for Xbox One clips, debuts GoPro app for Xbox 360

Microsoft already let Xbox One owners upload their favorite in-game highlights, but only to Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service or Twitch. Starting Tuesday, though, the Redmond software giant will allow gamers to upload video clips straight to YouTube thanks to an update coming for the Xbox One YouTube app. Gamers will still use the Game DVR function to… Read More

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Seattle names veteran government employee as interim technology chief

The City of Seattle has named Sabra Schneider, who previously served as the City’s Director of Electronic Communications, as its Interim Chief Technology Officer. Schneider will head up the city’s Department of Information and Technology, replacing Erin Devoto, who resigned last month. Schneider has already spent nearly a decade helping bolster the City’s tech offerings. In her… Read More

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Washington Gov. vetoes bill that would have regulated use of surveillance drones

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a bill today that would have regulated government use of surveillance drones amid concerns over public information disclosure. House Bill 2789, which saw overwhelming approval in both the House and Senate, would have required agencies to get approval from state government before using drones for surveillance. The Tacoma News Tribune… Read More

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As Box preps for IPO, CEO Aaron Levie brings his road show home — with some tough love for Seattle

As Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie took the stage Thursday afternoon at the Box World Tour road show in his hometown of Seattle, he didn’t start talking his company’s pending IPO or its ambitions to conquer the cloud. Instead, the 28-year-old went off about ride-sharing. “Did anyone take Uber here?” asked Levie, a Mercer Island,… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: My Foot In The Door helps applicants market soft skills, land jobs

While serving as the marketing manager at Chempoint.com, Michael Scholl quickly learned that a resume can only show so much about a potential new worker after he experienced countless employee mismatches. The issue was particularly rampant with college grads, who often had trouble demonstrating their soft skills. “I realized that strong soft skills in the… Read More

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The rise of eSports: More people watch video game competitions than major sporting events

The popularity of electronic sports — or, eSports for short — is somewhat astounding, and new data from SuperData Research proves it. SuperData, a digital games market intelligence company, conducted a study of the eSports industry and found that more than 71 million people watch competitive gaming worldwide — an eight-fold increase from four years… Read More