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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Lyft says Uber employees tricked its drivers, canceled more than 5K rides since October

It’s no secret that Uber and Lyft don’t exactly like each other. But now the competition may be reaching excessive levels. Using information from Lyft, CNN Money reports today that 177 Uber employees have ordered and then canceled 5,560 Lyft rides since last October. The purpose was to lower the amount of available Lyft drivers on the road, while… Read More


PerfectMatch.com vets launch Agrilicious, a local food hub that mimics AngiesList and Etsy

Duane Dahl and Cindy Henry spent 11 years together building innovative platforms that matched singles with one another. Now, the couple has created a new matchmaking platform, albeit in a completely different arena. Dahl and Henry are the co-founders of Agrilicious, a unique new Seattle-based website that is a hub for local food. Its mission is to connect… Read More

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Verizon, T-Mobile beat AT&T and Sprint in U.S. airport mobile data performance test

For many travelers, it’s important to have reliable mobile connections at the airport. You may need to access ticket information, download an important document, or simply want to spend your layover getting some work done online. But which airports — and which carriers — offer the best download speeds? RootMetrics has some answers. The Seattle-based… Read More


Food startups gorge on funding: Plated raises $15M, FoodPanda reels in $60M

It appears that the appetite for food-related startups is not going away anytime soon for investors. Foodtrepreneurs reeled in more dough today, with New York City-based meal-kit delivery startup Plated raising $15 million in a Series A round. There was also a big $60 million round for FoodPanda, an online-based food delivery service that operates in 40… Read More


T-Mobile now offers app that unlocks your smartphone

It’s only been a week since President Barack Obama signed a bill into law that allows Americans to unlock their cell phones, but T-Mobile is already offering an easy way for its customers to do so. The Bellevue-based company now has an app called “Device Unlock” that lets people unlock their devices to run on any wireless carrier. However,… Read More

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Former Microsoft manager sentenced to 2 years in prison for insider trading

Ex-Microsoft manager Brian Jorgenson was sentenced to two years in prison today after pleading guilty to charges of insider trading. The 32-year-old worked in Microsoft’s corporate finance and investment division and used confidential information to help a friend, Sean Stokke, make trades that earned the pair more than $400,000 in an 18-month period. The duo started making the… Read More


Milestone: Windows Phone Store reaches 300,000 apps

It may have taken Microsoft longer than Apple or Google, but its Windows Phone Store now has more than 300,000 apps. WPCentral first noticed that the company just recently updated its “By The Numbers” page to reflect the milestone. “Hundreds more are added every day,” Microsoft added. It’s notable in part because the store had 100,000 apps… Read More


Zillow goes to bat against ‘Zilla,’ loses trademark fight with LoanZilla

Seattle online real estate giant Zillow doesn’t quite own trademark rights to the term “Zilla” — at least according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Zillow filed a complaint last month claiming that LoanZilla, a Bellevue-based mortgage brokerage, had infringed on its trademark for “Zillow.” But after detailed analysis of each service and other companies… Read More