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Seattle ride-sharing regulations suspended; Mayor wants to negotiate with stakeholders

Seattle’s ride-sharing controversy just took an unexpected turn. A coalition group has collected enough signatures to suspend a newly-passed ordinance regulating companies like UberX and Lyft, and now Mayor Ed Murray wants to work with all stakeholders to reach a new agreement. The group, which received more than $400,000 in donations from Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, submitted more than… Read More

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Playstation 4 sales are up at least 2M on the Xbox One

One day ago, Sony announced that it sold through more than 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles globally as of April 6. Today, Microsoft announced that it has shipped — not sold — more than 5 million Xbox One’s to retailers worldwide. While Sony has a firm lead on global sales, it is also leading in the U.S. The NPD… Read More

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Amazon Fire TV voice search will soon work with Hulu, Crackle, Showtime content

Amazon announced today that it is expanding voice search capability for its Fire TV set-top box to include Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime Anytime content. Currently, the voice search feature only scours Amazon’s own content on Prime Instant Video and Vevo TV, the music video app. This summer, however, when you search for something by speaking into… Read More

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This marijuana startup is looking to raise $50M to help people find, purchase pot

For Brendan Kennedy, Michael Blue and Christian Groh, raising money a few years ago was a real slog. The reason was simple: Investors were wary of putting money behind a company that was involved in the marijuana industry. But now, as cannabis use has become more accepted and a majority of Americans now favor legalization, the three founders of Seattle-based Privateer Holdings are rolling… Read More

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Google Fiber signs franchise agreement with Portland

Portland is one step closer to having laser-quick Google Fiber Internet installed throughout its city. Google has signed a preliminary 10-year franchise agreement with the Rose City, The Oregonian reports. It’s not a done deal quite yet. City Council must approve the agreement, details over where to set up infrastructure need to be decided and Google still must assess… Read More

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PlayStation 4 sales hit 7M

Sony announced a new milestone for the PlayStation 4 today, as the company has sold through more than 7 million consoles globally as of April 6. On March 4, Sony noted that it passed 6 million consoles sold worldwide. The company, which launched the PS4 on Nov. 15, also announced today that more than 20.5 million copies of… Read More

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Cardiac Dimensions raises $20M to sell heart-valve repair technology

AlCardiac Dimensions, a Kirkland-based company building heart-valve repair technology, today announced a $20 million round of financing led by M. H. Carnegie & Co. and Lumira Capital. Founded in 2001, Cardiac Dimensions has developed a way to address cardiovascular conditions with its Carillon Mitral Contour System, a non-surgical device that treats a form of congestive heart failure… Read More

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Bungie ‘terminates’ Halo, Destiny music composer Marty O’Donnell

Marty O’Donnell, a longtime music composer for titles like Halo, Destiny, Riven and Myst, was fired by Bungie’s Board of Directors last week. O’Donnell revealed the news on his Twitter feed Tuesday evening, writing that “I’m saddened to say that Bungie’s board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014.” Bungie, the Bellevue-based studio… Read More

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Husky Pride: Check out these 5 startups founded by University of Washington grads, professors

The talent and tenacity of graduates and professors from the University of Washington was on full display Tuesday evening inside the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering. The Seattle Tech Meetup held its second annual special free event at the UW campus and featured five startup founders who have connections to the… Read More

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What Snapchat teaches us about the way teens define privacy

When it comes to the generational differences between today’s youth and their parents or grandparents, there are the obvious ones: Fashion, music and slang are just a few. But what’s somewhat unique and specific to teens today is how they define the word “privacy” — and perhaps importantly, what that means for governments currently grappling… Read More

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How Microsoft’s top lawyer would keep the NSA in check

In light of last year’s NSA revelations and more recently the Heartbleed security breach, how government balances the protection of personal information and national security has been a hot topic. This dilemma was the focus of an event at the University of Washington School of Law Tuesday morning, where experts from both the tech industry and government… Read More

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Marketing automation startup Act-On raises $42M, sets sights on IPO

In one of the bigger tech-related fundraising rounds that the Portland area has seen over the past year, Beaverton, Ore.-based marketing automation software company Act-On today announced $42 million in new financing. Act-On builds cloud-based software that helps businesses of all sizes manage their marketing efforts across various categories from e-mails to analytics to SEO. Today’s… Read More

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Angry Uber drivers complain about company: ‘We’re treated a little better than slaves’

Uber, the fast-growing San Francisco app-based transportation startup, has another problem to deal with in Seattle: Angry drivers who say they’re being treated like slaves. Former and current Uber drivers gathered on Sunday afternoon to discus what they call “unjust working conditions.” They met to talk about a possible union and address concerns about Uber’s… Read More

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Seattle’s ride-sharing rules headed for city-wide vote — with one potential roadblock

The fate of app-based transportation companies like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar may soon be decided by the people of Seattle. A coalition group that is collecting petition signatures to suspend a newly-passed ordinance regulating those companies tells GeekWire that it expects to easily surpass the number of signatures required for a city-wide vote. “We’re very pleased with how… Read More

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Portland’s public transit mobile ticketing app sees 1M purchases in 8 months

So far, so good for Portland’s public transit mobile ticketing app. TriMet, Oregon’s largest provider of bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services, announced Thursday that riders have purchased more than 1 million tickets using its mobile ticketing app since it debuted this past September. More than 80,000 people have downloaded the app, which was built by Portland-based GlobeSherpa and eliminates… Read More