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Sprint, T-Mobile looking to raise $10 billion for auctioned wireless airwaves

As Sprint and T-Mobile prepare to merge, the companies are now reportedly looking to raise money to bid for wireless airwaves. The Wall Street Journal notes that the wireless giants want to raise $10 billion for a 2015 auction of airwaves owned by television broadcasters. The money would be part of a financing package between the companies that, as… Read More

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Xbox One sales double, one month after $100 price cut

Offering up a cheaper Xbox One is helping Microsoft sell quite a bit more consoles. The company announced today that since it began selling a $399 version of the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor on June 9 — a $100 price cut from the Xbox One with Kinect — sales doubled in one month. We’ll have more… Read More

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Yahoo exec countersues for defamation in sexual harassment case

One week after being sued for sexual harassment by a female employee, Yahoo executive and former Seattle startup CEO Maria Zhang has filed a counter-claim against the plaintiff. Zhang, who joined Yahoo as a senior mobile engineering director when it acquired her company, Alike, claims that allegations made by her former colleague Nan Shi are not true. “Making such… Read More

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Washington unemployment rate drops to 5.8%, lowest in 6 years

Washington’s unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent last month, the lowest mark in six years. The state’s Employment Security Department today announced that job growth in Washington grew in June by 9,100 jobs. “After a hiring lull in May, Washington employers really picked up the pace in June,” Paul Turek, an Employment Security labor economist…. Read More

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Zillow makes 8th acquisition, swoops up real estate data startup Retsly

Zillow today announced that it has acquired Retsly, a year-old Vancouver, B.C.-based startup that normalizes MLS data to help developers build real estate products and applications for brokers, agents, franchisors and MLSs. Retsly, a graduate of the GrowLab accelerator that had previously raised $540,000, offers a real-time API and open source SDK for integrating MLS data into real estate… Read More

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Video: Air show cracks down on stunts after Boeing Dreamliner performs wicked touch-and-go maneuver

Boeing was being a little too badass this week at the Farnborough Air Show. Boeing pilots performed a difficult maneuver on Monday, landing its 787-9 Dreamliner jet on a runway before quickly taking off again seconds later during what’s called a touch-and-go. You can watch it here, starting at the 1:10 mark. But the next day, Air Show authorities said that the… Read More

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Amazon tests ‘Kindle Unlimited’ — a $9.99/month e-book subscription service

Amazon has inadvertently revealed plans for a major new addition to its Kindle business — a monthly subscription for e-books. As spotted by GigaOM this morning, Amazon put up a page that introduced a subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited,” which offers access to more than 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for $9.99 month. Amazon has… Read More

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Valant raises $11M to develop software for behavioral health practitioners

Valant Medical Solutions, a Seattle startup that develops software to help behavioral health practitioners manage billing and electronic medical records at their offices, today announced a $11 million round that will allow the Seattle startup to further develop its product line while also hiring more than 20 new employees. Founded in 2005 by brothers David Lischner, a psychiatrist who… Read More

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Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally joins Google’s board

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally has joined Google’s Board of Directors just a few weeks after retiring from the car giant earlier this month. Mulally was president and CEO of Ford Motor Co. for the past eight years. The 68-year-old was also a top candidate to succeed Steve Ballmer as Microsoft’s CEO before Satya Nadella was hired… Read More

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Seattle City councilmember explains why he voted against law that legalized Uber, Lyft

A majority of the Seattle City Council voted on Monday to approve a new regulatory framework for transportation startups like UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar. But there was one councilmember who stood up and voiced concern with the new legislation that sets requirements for the startups, also known as Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). Mike O’Brien does not think the… Read More

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Review: VC-backed food delivery startup Munchery now preparing high quality dinners in Seattle

As my colleague Daniel and I enjoyed dinner together last week, we raved about the Louisiana crab cakes. Our tastebuds were equally pleased with the flavorful chili lime beef, and to top it all off, the cake dessert was excellent — particularly the whipped cream and fresh strawberries. But the best part about the meal? We didn’t have… Read More

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Cray execs leave supercomputer maker to pursue new entrepreneurial opportunities

Two top Cray executives are leaving the Seattle-based supercomputer maker. The company announced today that Bill Blake, CTO and senior vice president, and Arvind Parthasarathi, general manager of Cray-owned YarcData, will be leaving to “pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.” Blake, the former general manager of parallel computing platforms at Microsoft, joined Cray in April 2012 and had served on Cray’s board six years prior… Read More

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Seattle legalizes Uber, Lyft to operate without caps

Transportation startups like UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar will finally be able to legally operate in Seattle. The City Council today voted 8-1 to approve legislation that provides a new regulatory framework for the San Francisco-based startups, also known as transportation network companies (TNCs). Monday’s vote ends a 15-month process that saw the city originally approve laws… Read More

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Live blog: Seattle set to legalize Uber, Lyft at City Council meeting

Update: Seattle legalizes Uber, Lyft to operate without caps We’ve just settled in here at City Hall as Seattle’s lawmakers prepare to set regulations that will legalize transportation startups like Lyft, UberX and Sidecar. You can read more about today’s meeting in our report from earlier today, but here’s the low-down: Councilmembers plan to discuss and… Read More

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Bill Gates recommends you read these 6 books this summer

Bill Gates is back with another reading list for those of you looking for some good books to enjoy this summer. The Microsoft co-founder recommends six titles that he’s read in 2014 and said that only one is your typical “beach read.” The other five include the best business book Gates has ever read and others that touch… Read More

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Nevada leads U.S. in wiretap activity; Washington last

Drug dealers should avoid places like Nevada if they don’t want to have their smartphone conversations recorded by the U.S. government. Pew Research Center today highlighted a new report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts that revealed which states had the most wiretap authorizations from federal and state judges in 2013. Four states — Nevada, Colorado,… Read More

Just added to the Lish menu: Chef Prakash Niroula adds a new dish to the Lish menu. Chili Garlic Tofu & Vegetable Fried Rice.

Ex-Amazon product manager launches Lish as food delivery bubble expands

There’s something brewing at the intersection of food delivery and technology. In the past few years, we’ve seen several new startups help bring lunch and dinner to our doorsteps — and now there’s yet another company launching in Seattle doing the exact same thing. Ex-Amazon product manager Aakhil Fardeen and his former colleagues today officially launched Lish, a startup that prepares on-demand meals priced at… Read More

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Seattle prepares to legalize Uber, Lyft on Monday

Finally, after nearly a year-and-a-half of discussion, the Seattle City Council is set to vote on legislation Monday that will legalize transportation startups like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar. Councilmembers plan to discuss and potentially vote to approve a revised ordinance that came out of a negotiation process organized by Mayor Ed Murray. But given how drawn out and tumultuous… Read More

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Microsoft Bing beats Google in World Cup predictions

Microsoft Bing’s prediction technology was perfect in the World Cup knockout stage — depending on how you look at it. Bing was 15 for 15 in picking the winners of each knockout match, including Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina in today’s final. But Microsoft incorrectly predicted that Brazil would beat the Netherlands in Saturday’s rather… Read More

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Bluetooth-enabled cooler raises $3.4M in 5 days, set to break Kickstarter record

A Portland man is on pace to break a Kickstarter record for the most lucrative crowdfunding campaign ever. Ryan Grepper has reeled in $3.4 million in just five days for his geeked-out cooler that features a built-in bluetooth speaker, USB charger, blender, cutting board, bottle opener — and of course, it stores cold drinks, too. Kicktraq predicts that Grepper will raise more than… Read More

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Pro tip: How to undo your sent emails on Gmail

You know the feeling — just after an email is sent, you realize you’ve made a huge error. Maybe it’s a typo. Maybe you sent the note to the wrong person. Maybe you just regret sending the email itself. Luckily for Gmail users, there’s an extremely valuable add-on tool that allows you to undo sent emails. It’s… Read More

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Did a web developer figure out LeBron’s decision by reading code on his site?

LeBron James caused an eruption on Twitter and across newswires this morning after announcing via Sports Illustrated that he’s returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. His announcement ended days of intense speculation, with various reports noting different scenarios. But it appears that a coding guru may have predicted LeBron’s plan ahead of time by examining the code on his personal… Read More