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Startup Spotlight: Microsoft vet helps marijuana users figure out what they’re smoking with LiveLabels

Now that anyone 21 years old and up can legally walk into a store and purchase marijuana in Washington, you can certainly expect an influx of people wanting to get high. But one problem for those relatively new to marijuana is figuring out how different strains affect the body. Will that OG Kush give you more energy? Does the Lemon… Read More

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iPad presentation startup Flowboard moves to desktop with Mac product

Most tech companies make the move from desktop to mobile. Flowboard is doing the opposite. The Seattle startup has spent the past year-and-a-half working on an iPad presentation app, and today the startup launched new software for Mac users. The desktop product mimics Flowboard’s iPad app, allowing users to create, edit, and view cloud-based presentations. The app costs… Read More

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Concur partners with United Airlines for integrated travel booking

Bellevue-based travel expense company Concur today announced a new partnership with United Airlines that will enable direct corporate travel bookings on United.com and United apps. The deal will allow travelers to link their Concur and United MileagePlus accounts and book a flight on United’s platform while automatically having the transaction recorded on a Concur expense report. Companies that have set… Read More

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AT&T expands sponsored mobile content program with Syntonic store

Syntonic Wireless, a Bellevue-based startup founded by two former RealNetworks execs, today announced that it will launch its Syntonic Sponsored Content Store for AT&T mobile subscribers later this summer. The store, in pre-beta mode and set for official launch in August, allows users to access mobile apps and other content without affecting their data plans. It’s made… Read More

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Microsoft Bing’s flawless World Cup prediction engine picks Germany to win it all

Microsoft Bing’s prediction engine continued its incredible performance in the World Cup, correctly picking Argentina to win over Netherlands in today’s rather boring semifinal matchup. That brings Bing’s streak to 14 — yes, Microsoft has been spot on with every single knockout round match thus far in the World Cup. If you’re finally convinced that Bing is… Read More

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Poachable helps techies find new jobs — without being busted by the boss

It’s a familiar conundrum for many employees: Exploring new career opportunities sounds appealing, but having your current employer find out about a potential new gig probably isn’t the most ideal situation. That’s where Poachable wants to help. The newest creation from Seattle-based Yabbly is designed to help passive job candidates find new jobs — in private, and anonymously. The tool is a… Read More

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Ready for takeoff: Microsoft’s iconic Flight Simulator revived, coming to Steam

Microsoft Flight Simulator is making a comeback — but Microsoft won’t be doing any of the work to make it happen. Dovetail Games, makers of the Train Simulator franchise, has signed a global licensing deal with Microsoft for Flight Simulator and plans on releasing a new game in 2015 based on Microsoft’s popular flight sim. In addition, UK-based… Read More

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Funded by Bill Gates, this remote-controlled contraceptive chip could be available in 2018

Imagine pushing a button on a remote control and having a computer chip disperse a hormonal birth control drug through your body — it could happen for women in just four years. Microchips, a Massachusetts-based company spun out of MIT that has received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is working on a chip that is implanted… Read More

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Microsoft Bing’s prediction technology is 13-0 in the World Cup knockout round

Microsoft Bing’s prediction engine was not impressive in the World Cup group stage, correctly picking 60 percent of the winning teams that advanced. But its performance in the knockout round has been perfect — literally. Bing is 13-0 thus far in the elimination stage of the World Cup, most recently predicting a Germany win over Brazil (The Germans ended… Read More

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Amazon wants to give 100% of revenue to e-book authors as Hachette dispute continues

Some prominent authors have publicly voiced their frustration with Amazon amid its ongoing e-book contract dispute with Hachette Book Group. Now, it appears Amazon is responding. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal both report that the online bookseller is offering Hachette authors 100 percent of e-book revenue made off their titles. According to a… Read More

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Seattle City Council repeals law that capped UberX, Lyft and Sidecar drivers

Earlier this year when the Seattle City Council set initial regulations for Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, it seemed nobody was happy — taxi drivers included — with the regulations approved by the councilmembers. Fast forward five months, and my how things have changed. The Seattle City Council today voted 6-3 to repeal an ordinance that had capped the number of active… Read More

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Growth market: Legalized marijuana creates ‘huge possibilities’ for startups

Want weed? Welcome to Seattle. Tuesday is opening day for Washington’s first recreational marijuana shops. Yep, that’s right — anyone 21 years and older can purchase a product that has been illegal across America for decades. Having passed I-502 in November 2012, Washington will become the second state after Colorado to regulate and oversee licensed growers and marijuana shop owners. It’s… Read More

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5 tech tips for your Fourth of July weekend

In terms of technology, a lot has changed since July 4, 1776. We have radios. We have TVs. We have computers. And most recently, more than half of us now have smartphones. So as you celebrate the 238th Fourth of July weekend, here are five tech tips you may find useful. From educating you about astronomy to helping you… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Shoppost lets retailers sell products in social media newsfeeds

Since people are spending more and more time looking at Facebook and Twitter, why not let them purchase items directly from their social media feeds? That’s the thinking behind Shoppost, a Seattle startup that’s developed an app to allow retailers to sell products directly in social media newsfeeds with interactive posts. A few years ago, CEO David Robb helped start a… Read More

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Survey: 17% of Americans would give up best friend for smartphone

Some Americans are so attached to their smartphones that they’d rather temporarily lose a best friend than have their device taken away. That’s one of the slightly disturbing findings from a survey commissioned by Motorola Mobility and B2X Care Solutions, which polled more than 500 smartphone and tablet users in America. The companies found that 17 percent of… Read More

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Ex-Microsoft engineers launch social network app built on long-form visual storytelling

“Snowfall” quickly became a well-known phrase in online media circles after the New York Times published a unique multimedia feature in 2012. Rather than simply migrating words and pictures from paper to the Internet, the project took advantage of software development tools and told a story that included huge pictures, videos, and interactive features that appeared as one scrolled down the… Read More

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Microsoft and Amazon vets raise cash for stealthy IT startup Midfin Systems

Three former Microsoft and Amazon engineers with more than 35 years of experience at the two tech giants have teamed up for a stealth startup in the private IT administration space. Midfin Systems is a new Redmond-based company that is developing technology for private datacenters. CEO and founder Suyash Sinha, a 14-year Microsoft vet who left his post as Senior Director in… Read More

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New record: University of Washington spun out 18 startups last year

Startups are sprouting out of the University of Washington at record pace. The school announced today that it helped launch 18 startups in fiscal 2013, breaking last year’s record of 17. A majority of the companies, which received support from the UW Center for Commercialization (C4C) and have signed patent-licensing agreements with the university, are health-care… Read More