Immusoft CEO Matthew Scholz.

Immusoft raises cash from Tim Draper, others to program human cells that fight diseases

Applying computer science principles to human anatomy may end up producing a medical breakthrough if one Seattle startup has its way. Immusoft has raised another $2.3 million of a $3 million round that it will use to continue developing a unique method of manipulating human immune cells. Investors backing the company include venture capitalist Tim Draper (personally… Read More

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Professor Ballmer! Ex-Microsoft CEO to teach Stanford MBA class ‘Leading Organizations’

Steve Ballmer certainly learned a lot from leading Microsoft for 14 years. Now, he’ll pass on that knowledge to MBA students. Ballmer, who stepped down from Microsoft’s board on Tuesday, will teach a class called “Leading Organizations” at Stanford this fall. Business Insider reports that the former Microsoft CEO will also teach at USC’s Marshall… Read More

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Swype debuts MLS-branded, soccer-themed Android keyboards

The popular Android-based Swype keyboard is getting a soccer makeover. Starting today, Swype users will be able to personalize their keyboards with Major League Soccer-branded team themes. Whether you’re a Sounders or Timbers fan, you can now spice up your Swype keyboard with your team’s logo and colors. Aaron Sheedy, VP of Mobile Product at Nuance Communications —… Read More

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Uber, Lyft not a top priority for Portland leaders, official says

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday to discuss the hiring of expert campaigner David Plouffe, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick rattled off some impressive stats. Just four years after launching in San Francisco, his transportation company — which has raised $1.5 billion and is valued at $18 billion —  is helping drivers earn money and passengers get… Read More

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Amazon Fire Phone sales slowed by AT&T exclusivity

Only offering its Fire Phone exclusively through AT&T isn’t helping Amazon sell more smartphones. That’s the somewhat unsurprising finding from Chitika Insights, a research firm that calculated usage growth by tracking the number of ad impressions from mobile web browsers during the past month. The Fire, which debuted July 25, did not have nearly as much web… Read More

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UW football coach who once banned his players from Twitter joins social network

University of Washington head football coach Chris Petersen is finally on Twitter, but don’t expect the 49-year-old to be posting his thoughts on the social network. Petersen on Monday created a personal Twitter account and has already racked up nearly 5,000 followers without scribing a single tweet. “First of all, Twitter is not for you guys,”… Read More

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Farmstr now delivers organic farm food, testing partnership with Uber

Surprise, surprise — there’s another food delivery service in Seattle. This time it’s Farmstr, the new organic food marketplace that connects farmers directly with consumers. The company just began testing a delivery option to 11 zip codes within Seattle on Wednesdays and Fridays, and is starting with produce only. CEO and founder Janelle Maiocco is looking at a number… Read More

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Paul Allen donates $500K to gun law, joining Ballmer, Gates and others

First Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates, and Nick Hanauer showed their support for a new law that would require stricter background checks for gun sales in Washington. Now Paul Allen is joining the charge. The Microsoft co-founder has pitched in $500,000 to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a coalition that wants to require background checks for Washington residents who buy firearms at… Read More

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PlayFab raises $2.5M to help studios with back-end support for online gaming

PlayFab, a Seattle company that provides back-end support for game studios, today announced a $2.5 million seed round from angel investors like PopCap co-founder Jason Kapalka and IronPort co-founder Scott Banister. We noted the funding back in March, but now PlayFab has officially closed the round and named investors like Larry Bowman of Bowman Capital Management; Arena.net… Read More

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First Reddit app built for a console arrives on Xbox One

Microsoft announced this evening that a new app called ReddX will debut on Tuesday morning, giving Xbox One owners a way to scan Reddit threads on their TVs. ReddX lets Xbox Live members in North America read text on Reddit, post links, up/down vote content, in addition to viewing images, videos, and GIFs. The app can also enter “Snap… Read More

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Watch Steve Ballmer scream and go insane at Clippers rally

To say Steve Ballmer is excited to own the Los Angeles Clippers would be quite the understatement. The former Microsoft CEO spoke at a Clippers fan rally one week after he formally became the team’s new owner. He was introduced by head coach Doc Rivers and came out screaming, yelling, and high-fiving fans. “I can’t… Read More

Ron Wyden speaks at TechFestNW on Friday.

Sen. Wyden: Congress needs to reform old privacy laws to ‘reflect public expectation’

Whether it’s a Facebook message you send or important information stored in a Google Doc, Ron Wyden thinks Americans deserve more individual privacy rights. The U.S. senator spoke at the TechFestNW event in Portland on Friday and explained why outdated privacy laws need to be changed in order to “reflect both the constitution and public expectations.” Wyden, a… Read More

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App Camp for Girls aims to close gender gap in tech

The big gender gap in the tech industry is well-documented by now. For a variety of reasons, many girls begin to lose interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields when they reach middle and high school. The gap widens even more when students arrive at college and decide their career paths. That’s why efforts like App Camp for Girls… Read More

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Portland’s entrepreneurs explain why the city’s startup scene is so vibrant

There’s something cool brewing in Portland, Oregon. The Rose City startup community came out in force last night for the PDX TechCrawl, as hundreds of Portland’s geeks had a chance to tour some of the city’s hottest startups like Puppet Labs and CrowdCompass. We had a fantastic time hosting the final leg of the crawl, where we had the opportunity to… Read More

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PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One in the U.S. for 7th month in a row

Another month, another win for Sony. The PS4 was the best-selling console in the U.S. for July, marking the seventh consecutive month that Sony’s device has outsold Microsoft’s Xbox One. Sony noted earlier this week that nine months since debuting its PlayStation 4 console on Nov. 15, it has sold 10 million units to consumers worldwide. The company said… Read More

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Better than Tinder: ‘Siren’ dating app empowers women with ‘constructive flirting’

There is a plethora of online dating websites and apps in what has become a $2 billion market. Match.com. Tinder. Grouper. How About We. OKCupid. Coffee Meets Bagel. The list goes on and on. But Seattle entrepreneur Susie Lee thinks there’s room for another one — a unique tool that lets women make the first move and takes inspiration from… Read More

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Vancouver city attorney: Uber is a ‘taxicab,’ and thus illegal in our town

UberX is illegal in Vancouver, Wash., but the transportation startup doesn’t appear to be leaving town any time soon. As noted by BikePortland.org this morning, Vancouver Assistant City Attorney Brent Boger penned a memo late last month that basically called out Uber for failing to follow regulations outlined by the city for taxicabs. UberX, which allows everyday people to… Read More