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Microsoft’s Cortana, expert World Cup predictor, picks Belgium to beat USA

Microsoft’s prediction technology has been perfect thus far in the World Cup knockout round, correctly picking Holland, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, and most recently France, as winners. But Americans will hope that Microsoft’s pick for Tuesday’s big U.S. soccer match against Belgium is flat out wrong. Microsoft Bing’s prediction engine, which had a success rate of… Read More

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Bing now shows Twitter hashtag, handle results directly within search

Three years ago, Microsoft was at odds with Twitter in regard to including tweets in Bing search results. Now, though, it seems those issues have officially gone away. Bing is now featuring Twitter hashtags and handles in its results as part of its exclusive partnership with the social media giant that was inked last November. Certain content from Twitter was already showing… Read More

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Uber and Lyft still collecting signatures, as Seattle City Council considers new agreement

Despite reaching an agreement to allow Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to operate in Seattle legally, a coalition group is still collecting signatures from citizens — just in case the city’s lawmakers don’t approve the new set of rules. Earlier this month, the San Francisco-based startups — also known as transportation network companies (TNCs) — reached a new deal with… Read More

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Google shuts down customer service feedback platform TalkBin

Three years after acquiring Talkbin, Google is now shutting the customer feedback platform down. Emails sent to the Talkbin support account are receiving an auto-reply message noting that the service will be shutting down next month. “TalkBin usage has dwindled over the past 2 years, and we have decided to shut down the service on July 31st,… Read More

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Teachers protest in downtown Seattle, say Bill Gates is ruining education

Bill Gates has poured millions of dollars into public education reform in the U.S., and some teachers aren’t too thrilled about that. About 150 instructors from the Badass Teacher Association marched through downtown Seattle toward the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday evening to demonstrate their disdain for the Common Core standards that have been implemented… Read More

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Poppy founders: Google Cardboard VR headset is ‘brilliant,’ but not a threat

When Google unveiled its own do-it-yourself cardboard virtual reality headset at the I/O conference on Wednesday, Joe Heitzeberg and Ethan Lowry were bombarded with messages. That’s because the Seattle entrepreneurs have a similar product in Poppy, a 3D imaging device for iPhones. People wondered whether Google Cardboard infringed on Poppy, or if Heitzeberg and Lowry were involved in some… Read More

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U.S. vs. Germany match sets another ESPN streaming record with 1.7M viewers

Another huge U.S. soccer match, another ESPN online streaming record. There were more than 1.7 million concurrent viewers using WatchESPN during today’s U.S. vs. Germany World Cup match, breaking a previous record that was set during the last U.S. match against Portugal. The huge amount of viewers caused several connection issues for soccer fans: WatchESPN app has crashed for… Read More

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Stratos Genomics lands investment, secures partnership with biotech giant Roche

Seattle biotech company Stratos Genomics today announced a new partnership with Roche, a Switzerland-based biotech giant. Roche has made a strategic investment in Stratos to support development of the company’s technology, called Sequencing By Expansion (SBX), which converts DNA into more easily-read polymer and makes it cheaper and faster to sequence DNA. Roche, a leader in research-focused healthcare that employs more… Read More

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Dinner at your door: Amazon launches food takeout service

Amazon already delivers groceries. Now, the Seattle giant is quietly moving into the takeout business. Amazon is launching a food takeout service as part of Amazon Local beginning in Seattle and will compete with companies like GrubHub and DeliveryHero. A source told GeekWire that the new service was available in the Amazon Local iPhone app… Read More

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Moz CEO Sarah Bird shares work-life balance strategies with Joe Biden, Michelle Obama at White House summit

Sarah Bird has had quite the couple of days in Washington D.C. this week. The Moz CEO was invited to speak at The White House Summit on Working Families, which brought together industry leaders who shared their insight into the best workplace practices that are supportive of employees with families. Bird was originally asked to come to… Read More

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Android Auto: Google brings its OS into cars to keep your hands on the wheel

In an effort to improve safety and help make our cars more connected, Google today announced Android Auto at its I/O conference. Google’s new initiative brings its software directly into vehicles, enabling drivers to connect their Android devices to cars with a bevy of voice-enabled tools at their disposal. Android Director of Engineering Patrick Brady noted on… Read More

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Meet ActivityPal: An app that sets up activities with people in your social network

Some say that social media is actually making us less social as we spend more time scrolling through Facebook and Twitter feeds on the Internet, rather than physically hanging out with one another in the real world. Now a new startup wants to change that — with the help of, ironically, social media. ActivityPal recently launched its mobile app that… Read More

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WISErg raises $5M to help grocers turn overripe produce into fertilizer

It took four years, but WISErg’s geeky machine that turns old produce into fertilizer is attracting investor attention. The Redmond-based startup has raised $5 million of a $7 million Series B round from private investors, bringing total funding for the company up to $7.75 million. WISErg helps grocers recycle their old produce and unsold prepared foods with the “Harvester,”… Read More

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MobileRQ raises $2M to help app marketers send real-time contextual retail, hotel offers

People are spending more and more time on their smartphones, and that’s only good news for marketers of mobile apps. At least that’s what MobileRQ thinks. The Portland-based startup has raised an additional $2 million to help fuel development of its software that helps customers reach out to their mobile app user base in relevant and… Read More

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General Services Administration picks Smartsheet, not Microsoft, for project management solution

Smartsheet already has a slew of notable users, but today the Seattle startup announced a key customer acquisition in the U.S General Services Administration (GSA). The GSA, which employs more than 12,000 and helps support the basic functioning of federal agencies, will use Smartsheet’s cloud-based online collaboration tool for a bevy of projects and processes…. Read More

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German publishers file antitrust complaint against Amazon over e-book pricing

While Amazon continues its own contract disputes with Hachette Book Group, now the Seattle company is dealing with another publisher-related problem across the pond. German publishers submitted a formal antitrust complaint and have asked the Federal Cartel Office to investigate Amazon for violating Germany’s competition laws over its e-book negotiation practices. For the past two months, Amazon has delayed shipments of books… Read More

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World Cup record: U.S. vs. Portugal match was ESPN’s most-streamed event ever

Soccer and streaming seem to go well together. ESPN announced today that Sunday’s thrilling roller-coaster World Cup match between the U.S. and Portugal set a new record with 1.37 million viewers who streamed the event online via WatchESPN. That broke a record which was previously set just nine days earlier, when 1.1 million viewers streamed the opening match… Read More

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Sprint adds 4G LTE service in 28 markets, including Seattle

Sprint customers in Seattle will finally be able to have access to 4G LTE service. The nation’s third-largest wireless carrier announced today that it is expanding its 4G LTE coverage to 28 markets, including Seattle, San Jose, Miami and Cleveland. Several other areas of Washington, including Tacoma, Everett, and Yakima now have 4G LTE coverage from Sprint,… Read More

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Electric smart cars with Wi-Fi, tablets coming to University of Washington campus

Computers with wheels are coming to the University of Washington. The UW is one of four universities around the nation that will receive four small Innova Dash solar-powered electric cars for on-campus research projects. Illinois-based Innova UEV has built the “new urban electric vehicles” to include tablets that connect to the campus WiFi and can track data related to… Read More