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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

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Microsoft to debut new Kinect for Windows this summer

Just a few days after showing off photos of the new Kinect for Windows, Microsoft announced at its Build conference that the motion-tracking device will hit shelves sometime this summer. The Redmond software giant previously said that the Kinect for Windows v2 would be arriving in 2014, but hadn’t specified a time. Microsoft notes that… Read More

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Seattle ranks second for salary growth in Q1, national IT wages up slightly at 1.1%

National wages were up 0.5 percent year-over-year during Q1 of 2014 and Seattle saw the second-highest wage growth of any city in the nation last quarter, according to a new report from PayScale. Seattle-based salary data company PayScale, which conducts quarterly studies on compensation across U.S. cities and industries, found that Seattle wages increased by 1.6… Read More

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Lyft raises $250M Series D round, eyes international expansion

Lyft may be battling city governments for the right to conduct business, but that isn’t stopping investors from putting millions of dollars behind the app-based transportation company. Today Lyft announced a $250 million Series D round, which brings total funding for the company up to $333 million. The latest round comes from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz,… Read More

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Amazon workers protest again in Germany over wages

Amazon.com warehouse workers in Germany protested again today in yet another act of opposition against what they say are unfair wages. Reuters reports that between 340-to-500 employees participated in the strike this morning, marking the first protest of 2014 but one of many that have taken place over the past several months. The actions are… Read More