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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

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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

Councilmember Mike O'Brien speaks at last Monday's City Council meeting.

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

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Amazon charges 1 cent for delivery in France to evade ban on free shipping

France last week enacted a new law that does not allow online book retailers to offer free delivery and discounts. The legislation was implemented in part to protect independent bookstores from corporate companies like Amazon. So, in response, Amazon is now abiding the law by charging a one-cent delivery fee for customers who order books online. Amazon is also still offering free… Read More

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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