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Uber, Lyft rolling out ways to share rides with strangers heading in the same direction

Late Tuesday, Uber announced a new way for people to carpool with others who are riding on similar routes called UberPool. Today, Lyft is rolling out its own carpooling option with Lyft Line. Lyft Line, which is now available in San Francisco, lets users share Lyft vehicles with others heading in the same direction and as a result, reduce their… Read More

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Amazon expands same-day delivery service in NYC, DC, Dallas and 3 other cities

Amazon is expanding its same-day delivery service in six metros, including New York City and Washington D.C. The company announced the expansion Tuesday evening, noting that customers in the Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis and Philadelphia areas will also now be able to have orders delivered on the same day if purchased online by noon. To receive unlimited eligible items on the… Read More

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The Airbnb for boats: We tested out Boatbound and saw Paul Allen’s floating helipad

If you’re looking for some serious return on investment, owning a boat isn’t a great idea. Not only are there storage and maintenance fees to pay every year, but a boat typically isn’t used all too often — especially in a place like Seattle, where the sun doesn’t shine as much. That problem is exactly why Aaron Hall started Boatbound… Read More

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Nanostring posts record revenue of $10.9M, up 51% from last year

NanoString Technologies, a provider of life science tools for research and molecular diagnostic products, beat Wall Street’s expectations with a record $10.9M in revenue for the second quarter, which was up 51 percent from the year-ago quarter. However, the Seattle-based company fell short of earnings expectations with $14 million in losses. “We sustained momentum throughout the first… Read More

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Seattle mayor wants to amend rule that’s restricting companies from building high-speed fiber networks

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is getting serious about helping his constituents access faster Internet. In a press conference today announcing CenturyLink’s new gigabit Internet offering in Seattle, Murray said that he will submit legislation to City Council that will change a rule and allow companies like CenturyLink to more easily build out fiber networks. In order to reach residents… Read More

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Battling Uber: Flywheel rolls out scheduled for-hire pickups to Seattle airport

While UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar have been approved by lawmakers to operate in Seattle, for-hire companies are trying to stay competitive with apps like Flywheel. Flywheel, a San Francisco-based company that provides fleets from Eastside For Hire, Apple4Hire, United for Hire and others with app-based technology, is rolling out a new feature in Seattle that allows passengers to schedule rides in… Read More

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Here’s where CenturyLink is installing its high-speed gigabit network in Seattle

Some Seattle residents will now have access to laser-quick Internet. CenturyLink announced today that it will begin offering broadband upload and download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) — about 100 times faster than the average national broadband speed — to residential and business customers in four Seattle neighborhoods: Ballard, West Seattle, the Central District,… Read More

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NFL players, coaches now using Microsoft’s Surface tablet during games

This upcoming football season, NFL players and coaches have the option to use a new device that will help them make more efficient in-game improvements: The Surface Pro 2. Microsoft is equipping teams this fall with customized tablets — 13 for players on the sidelines and another 12 for offensive and defensive coordinators in the coaching boxes. The weather-proof… Read More

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Get it while it’s hot: Square fuels food delivery frenzy with Caviar acquisition

Update, 10:10 a.m.: Now it’s official: Square announced this morning that it has indeed acquired Caviar. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and Caviar CEO Jason Wang notes in a blog post that his company will continue to operate independently for now. “Today, we’re excited to announce that Caviar is joining Square,” Wang wrote. “Together… Read More

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Teague’s electric auto-shifting bicycle wins national contest, will be sold to the public

If you were interested in purchasing that high-tech bicycle we wrote about last week, well, there’s good news this morning. A Seattle-based team that created the innovative bike was named winner of “The Bike Design Project,” a competition between five groups who were encouraged to build the “Ultimate Urban Utility Bike.” Employees from Seattle-based Teague and Sizemore… Read More

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‘Yelp for marijuana’ startup Leafly places full-page ad in Sunday New York Times

Welcome to 2014, where you can buy legal marijuana and pot-related startups are advertising in the New York Times. Seattle-based Leafly, a marijuana strain resource that won GeekWire’s App of the Year award in May, is placing a full-page ad in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times tomorrow. This marks the first time that the Times has run an advertisement… Read More

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Game review: The new Flappy Bird is still extremely addictive

It took longer than normal to write this post because a certain little bird had me distracted and cursing up a storm in the GeekWire office. Flappy Bird is back. The simple-yet-addictive game which took the world by storm earlier this year is available in its newest form, “Flappy Bird Family.” The original Flappy Bird was released for… Read More

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Training our future leaders: Teens learn to be innovative by tackling urban living challenges

Some of the ideas pitched on the third floor of Synapse’s office in downtown Seattle last week sounded like they came from seasoned entrepreneurs. An affordable apartment living complex made from recycled shipping containers. A mobile app designed for tourists that gamified the experience of visiting Seattle’s landmarks and local attractions. A relaxation room equipped… Read More

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Flappy Bird is back — but only for Amazon Fire TV owners

Happy Flappin’ Friday. As promised, everyone’s favorite addictive bird game is making a comeback — just not the way you probably expected. Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen today released his latest game, Flappy Bird Family. But for whatever reason, Nguyen only made it available on Amazon’s Android App Store. “Flappy Birds now are on Amazon Fire… Read More

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Expedia shares up 4% after posting Q2 revenue of $1.5B

Shares of Expedia rose Thursday after the Bellevue online travel giant beat analyst expectations with its second quarter earnings. The Bellevue-based travel giant reported adjusted net income of $137.6 million (up 52% from last year) on revenues of $1.5 billion (up 24% from last year), both of which eclipsed Wall Street’s predictions. The stock was up more then… Read More

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Tableau shares up 3% after earnings beat expectations with $90M in revenue

Shares of Tableau Software were up 3 percent in after-hours trading Thursday after the company beat analyst expectations in its quarterly earnings report. For Q2 2014, the Seattle-based maker of data visualization tools made $90.7 million in revenue, an increase of 82 percent from this time last year. Analysts expected $79.7 million in revenue. Tableau also posted a… Read More

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Jintronix raises more cash from Madrona to help patients rehab with Microsoft’s Kinect

Microsoft’s Kinect sensor isn’t just for playing games — it’s also being used to help physical therapy patients recover from injuries in more efficient ways than ever. One company making this possible is Jintronix, a Seattle-based startup that is set to raise a $1.2 million round led by Madrona Venture Group. The company, which moved its… Read More