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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

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Steve Ballmer was impersonated on the phone, signature allegedly forged in failed investment deals

From that rambunctious personality to the leadership style he implemented at Microsoft, Steve Ballmer is truly one-of-a-kind — which makes it all the more surprising that a former friend found ways for Ballmer to be impersonated on the phone to set up lucrative deals with potential investors. The Seattle Times has the details of what’s turned into a messy relationship between… Read More

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Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer committed to living in Washington ‘for the rest of my life’

With Steve Ballmer on the verge of owning a professional basketball franchise in Southern California, many have wondered if the former Microsoft CEO and longtime Washington resident will leave the Pacific Northwest for good. It’s a concern that my colleague John Cook shared last month, noting how many thought Ballmer would stick around town to invest in the… Read More

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Steve Ballmer’s three pieces of advice for college grads

If you missed the energy Steve Ballmer brought to Microsoft events, well, you should have watched the University of Washington commencement on Saturday afternoon. The former Microsoft CEO gave a keynote speech at the 139th UW graduation celebration in front of more than 45,000 people and started his talk in classic Ballmer style. “I have to… Read More

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Google partners with ESPN to show World Cup highlights, match info for related search queries

Google is making it easier than ever to follow the World Cup action — with a little help from The Worldwide Leader in Sports. The search giant has partnered with ESPN to show video highlights from ESPNFC of World Cup matches when people perform a relevant search. For example, when you search for either “Croatia,” or, “Brazil,”… Read More

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Employee satisfaction: These 50 cities have the happiest workers

Maybe it’s all that sunny California weather. Glassdoor today released its second annual Employment Satisfaction Report Card and found that San Jose has the highest “overall satisfaction rating,” in terms of how happy employees are, on average, that work in the city. Three California cities finished in the top six. San Francisco was second, with D.C., Norfolk,… Read More

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Glympse raises $12 million to develop the ‘next wave’ of real-time location sharing

Things are really rolling for the folks at Glympse. Today the Seattle-based startup announced its biggest funding round yet, raising $12 million to help continue building out its location-sharing technology. “This means we’ve been able to distinguish ourselves against all the location companies out there, and have had a lot of success recently, and an optimistic future,” CEO… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Zombie-Based Learning uses zombie comics to help students learn more effectively

As a middle and high school student, David Hunter wasn’t fond of the “stand and deliver” method of teaching. After dropping out, coming back to college to earn a Masters in Teaching, and later becoming an instructor himself, Hunter began understanding what key ingredient was missing from a student’s education. Zombies. Well, kind of. Hunter is the… Read More

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These college students are building an Uber for marijuana delivery

There’s an Uber for storage. There’s an Uber for moving couches. Now two young entrepreneurs are building an Uber for marijuana delivery. University of Washington students Megh Vakharia and Josiah Tullis are the co-founders behind Canary, a service that moves marijuana from the dispensary to your door. Vakharia and Tullis, who will be pitching at tonight’s TechCrunch Meetup… Read More

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Nokia acquires mobile analytics company Medio for ‘Here’ location platform

Nokia today announced its acquisition of Medio Systems, a Seattle-based mobile predictive analytics startup. Nokia ‘Here‘ location platform — which is not part of Microsoft’s Nokia devices acquisition — will use Medio’s predictive technology to bolster its real-time maps and location services with personalized recommendations, dynamic routes and other features. “We are entering the age of what I call… Read More

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New York Times profiles Seattle as ‘the new center of a tech boom’

Seattle’s reputation as a leader in cloud computing is getting serious national attention. The New York Times today ran a profile on Seattle’s fast-growing cloud computing sector, noting that the city is “the new center of a tech boom.” From heavy-hitters like Microsoft, Amazon and HP, to startups like Blue Box, Chef, and 2nd Watch, Seattle has certainly established itself… Read More

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It’s official: Sony is the king of the consoles again

It took eight years, but Sony is once again king of the consoles. The company sold 18.7 million consoles worldwide in its last fiscal year, a number that includes sales from the PS4, PS3, PS2, PSP and PS Vita. For the first time in eight years, Sony trumped Nintendo, which sold 16.3 million consoles. Successful sales of the… Read More

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Internet milestone: Portland City Council approves Google Fiber project

Portland today moved one step closer to having lightning-fast Internet throughout the city. The Portland City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved Google’s 10-year franchise agreement to install and operate a fiber Internet network throughout the Rose City. The Oregonian’s Mike Rogoway has the details on what’s happening from here. Google still needs to assess factors like regulations and topography before officially committing to the… Read More

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Vanessa Fox launches Keylime Toolbox to help startups gather hard-to-find SEO data

Vanessa Fox is back on her SEO startup game. Fox, who previously founded Seattle-based search analytics business Nine by Blue, this week launched a new SEO-focused startup called Keylime Toolbox. While Nine by Blue — which was acquired by RKG in May 2013 — was more appealing to larger businesses, Keylime Toolbox is directed at those who may not… Read More

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Twitter shuts down Tweetdeck to fix nasty vulnerability

It’s been a rocky Wednesday so far for Tweetdeck, to say the least. The popular Twitter-owned dashboard app has been hit with a nasty hack and shut down its service at about 10 a.m. PT today. A cross-site scripting vulnerability allowed hackers to remotely execute javascript code, resulting in thousands of Tweetdeck users reporting spammed pop-up windows and… Read More

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How to watch the World Cup for free online, without a cable subscription

Every four years, for one month, soccer fans around the globe crowd around a TV to watch all the exciting matches happening on the World Cup pitch. Nowadays, though, TVs aren’t the only way to catch all the fútbol action — streaming video online lets us enjoy the tournament while in front of a computer, or on the go with our mobile devices. This… Read More