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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

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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 The U.S. senator spoke at the TechFestNW event in Portland on Friday and explained why outdated privacy laws need to be changed in order to “reflect both the constitution and public expectations.”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

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Mobile ad startup SinglePoint now has a marijuana payment solution subsidiary

With both Washington and Colorado allowing people to sell legal recreational marijuana, pot-related entrepreneurs — from growers to processors to retail shop owners — need a way to manage their funds more than ever. But that’s proving to be difficult, with a majority of the nation’s big banks and credit card companies wary of the legal ramifications that… Read More

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This wearable device pairs with a safety app to alert contacts during emergencies

React Mobile already came up with an app that helps people notify friends and family during emergencies. But now they’re joining the wearable movement to make it even easier to call for help. The Seattle-based company this morning launched a Kickstarter for a wearable Bluetooth safety device called the React Sidekick. The wearable pairs with React Mobile’s… Read More

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Scarecrow Video raising $100K on Kickstarter to preserve world’s largest archive of movies

It’s no secret that the rise of digital content has put physical movie rental stores like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video out of business. The folks over at Seattle’s famous independent Scarecrow Video joint have felt the digital impact on its bottom line as well, but now employees may have a solution that will allow the legendary 26-year-old store to keep its doors… Read More

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Ballmer on $2B Clippers purchase: ‘It’s not the craziest thing I’ve ever acquired’

Compared to past NBA deals, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise — which became official today — is not only record-breaking, but also quite excessive. The previous NBA team to be sold was the Milwaukee Bucks, which went for $550 million in April. But Ballmer defended the price tag… Read More

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It’s official: Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer now owns the Los Angeles Clippers, pledges to be ‘hardcore’

Steve Ballmer can now update his resume with quite the job title: Los Angeles Clippers owner. The NBA announced today that the former Microsoft CEO has officially become the new owner of the Clippers after purchasing the team for a record-breaking $2 billion. Last month, a judge paved the way for Ballmer’s purchase after he ruled against… Read More

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Sony has sold 10M PlayStation 4 consoles in 9 months

Nine months since debuting its PlayStation 4 console on Nov. 15, Sony has sold 10 million units to consumers worldwide. The gaming giant just announced the updated statistic at Gamescom 2014. Sony revealed in February that it had sold 5.3 million consoles, so the company has sold nearly double that in the past six months. Sony has outpaced… Read More

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Steve Ballmer pours in $600K for initiative that ensures background checks for gun sales

Steve and Connie Ballmer want the state of Washington to enforce stricter gun-buying laws, and they’re putting up some dough in order to make it happen. The former Microsoft CEO and his wife have poured in nearly $600,000 to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a coalition that wants to require background checks for Washington residents who buy… Read More