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Pew study: Half of Facebook, Twitter users find news on social media

Pew’s annual State of the Media report reveals some interesting data on the relationship between social media and digital news consumption in America. The study found that half of Facebook and Twitter users find news while on the social networks, whereas sites like Instagram, Tumbler and LinkedIn had far lower percentages. Overall, three in 10 Americans now… Read More

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Microsoft ‘Scroogled’ ad lambasting Google wasn’t misleading, regulator rules

A UK advertising regulator ruled that a Microsoft “Scroogled” radio ad attacking the way Google scans user email was not misleading, despite two complaints against the Redmond software giant. The ad, part of Microsoft’s ongoing “Scroogled” campaign that lambasts Google’s privacy policies, uses a Pig Latin voiceover to show how Microsoft offers better email security…. Read More

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Airbnb picks Portland as first ‘Shared City’ in effort to address tax issues, encourage livability

In a move that could both improve the livelihood of cities and appease lawmakers that frown upon the company’s business practices, Airbnb announced today a new long-term initiative called “Shared City,” and has picked Portland, Ore., as its first destination. Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky outlined the goals of the amibitious program in this… Read More

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Flowboard raises $750K for iPad presentation app, names ex-PowerPoint GM as advisor

Seattle-based iPad storytelling app Flowboard today announced a new $750,000 round and an updated iPad app. Flowboard, which lets anyone create touch-enabled stories on the iPad, released version 2.0 of its app and has added editable transitions, printing, save-as-PDF capabilities and new premium templates. The startup, which launched this past April, also announced a $750,000 round with participation from several… Read More

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Uber transportation service coming to Tacoma in April

Heads up, Tacoma taxi drivers: You’re about to have new competition. Just weeks after Lyft and Sidecar began offering their transportation service in Washington’s third-largest city, Uber announced today that it will offer rides in the region next month. In a blog post, Uber includes a link for interested drivers and a form for businesses that… Read More

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Uber shares commercial insurance policy just days after leak

For the past several months, members of the Seattle City Council have called out companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar for not sharing their insurance policies, saying that they need to see the documents in order to help form requirements for regulation. Now, though, Uber has answers — but only after an anonymous leaker revealed the… Read More

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Indix raises $8.5M to build a massive database for product managers

It’s been less than six months since Indix launched, but the Seattle startup is already making moves and raising more money. Indix, an intelligence platform that helps businesses analyze and visualize a vast amount of up-to-date product information, today announced that it has raised another $8.5 million of a $9 million Series A-1 round co-led by Avalon Ventures… Read More

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Lyft to battle Seattle City Council: ‘We’re prepared to fight for your right to share rides’

Even though the Seattle City Council already voted to enact laws that will regulate app-based transportation companies like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar, the California-based startups are still letting their displeasure be heard. Today, Lyft sent out an email to customers with a subject line titled, “Defending your right to Lyft.” In the letter, Lyft employee… Read More

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FlexMinder raises $1.2M to manage refund processes for healthcare administrators

FlexMinder, a Seattle startup that helps healthcare administrators automate the insurance claims submission process, announced a $1.2 million Series A round on Tuesday. Led by CEO Lowell Rickefs, FlexMinder aggregates the reimbursement process for healthcare flexible spending accounts, which allow employees to save money by putting pretax dollars — up to $2,500 for healthcare and $5,000… Read More

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Taxi drivers defend suit against Uber in Seattle, say they want level playing field

Taxicab drivers in Seattle are suing Uber not because they’re scared of competition. In fact, they say they welcome it. Rather, members of The Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association argue that their lawsuit is all about fairness. Their comments, in interviews with GeekWire, add more context to the suit’s clam that Uber’s service “engages in an unlawful and… Read More

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Seattle-area taxi association sues Uber for ‘unlawful and deceptive business practice’

The Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association is suing Uber, the app-based transportation company, for operating illegally in Seattle and King County. The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court, claims that Uber’s service has violated city, county and state laws, and “engages in an unlawful and deceptive business practice which harms the economic interests of taxicab… Read More

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Online storage company Box files for $250M IPO

Box, the Los Altos, California-based online storage company that was started by Mercer Island High School grads Dylan Smith and Aaron Levie, today filed for a $250 million IPO. The filing shows a $169 million loss off $124.2 million in revenue for the year ended on Jan. 31, 2014. Revenue grew 110 percent from the… Read More

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Two thumbs up 2.0: How social media affects our behavior at the movie theater

Social media tools are changing the movie theater experience before, during and after seeing a flick on the big screen. Nielsen’s annual American Moviegoing report shows specifically how moviegoers are interacting with platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Before deciding which movie to see, 40 percent of those polled said they value recommendations they see posted by… Read More

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New job postings show Amazon developing titles for ‘avid video game players’

A few new job postings indicate the direction that Amazon is heading, at least initially, with its new gaming arm. Amazon Game Studios is now seeking a Senior Software Engineer and the job description notes how the company is “passionate about building highly creative, exciting, and innovative entertainment for avid video game players.” “Combining a startup atmosphere… Read More

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Washington Research Foundation to invest in UW researchers, help commercialize innovations

More innovations coming out of the University of Washington could reach commercialization thanks to a new grant from Washington Research Foundation (WRF). Xconomy reports today that the WRF plans to assign a $30 million, five-year grant that will help attract researchers to several programs at the UW — ranging from the Clean Energy Institute to… Read More

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Video: Relive GeekWire’s ping-pong championship matches

Seattle’s finest ping pong geeks were out in full force last week at our annual GeekWire Ping-Pong & Foosball Championships during the GeekWire Anniversary Bash in Seattle. But after more than 100 matches, only two players walked home as champions — and a sweet gold 3D-printed medal hanging around their necks — when it was all said… Read More

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Rhapsody ‘winds down’ partnership with Echo Nest after Spotify acquisition

Rhapsody today announced that it is ending its partnership with The Echo Nest, just weeks after the music intelligence company was acquired by Spotify. Seattle-based Rhapsody said it has “never been completely satisfied with recommendations from any third party,” and will now develop its own music personalization feature. Earlier this month, Rdio also announced that it would end… Read More