About Todd Bishop

Todd Bishop is co-founder of GeekWire, covering subjects including the Internet, video games, mobile technology and tech giants such as Amazon.com, Apple, Microsoft and Google. Reach him at todd@geekwire.com.

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Know your Linux! New Linux Foundation certification aims to boost Linux job market

Linux has been expanding its reach — powering Google, Facebook and other major platforms — and hiring managers say they’re in need of an increasing number of Linux developers. But many of those jobs are going unfilled, and given the entrenched position of Microsoft Windows inside many companies, not as many developers and admins are getting Linux training and certification… Read More

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Change Internet Explorer’s name? Nah, here’s what Microsoft really needs to do with its web browser

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser has made great strides in recent years, embracing web standards and upgrading its user interface, as the company retires old versions of the browser and lobbies users to use the latest versions. But given its history with users and web developers, can the Internet Explorer name be salvaged? That was one question posed to the Internet… Read More

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Not just Nokia: HTC One (M8) expands to Microsoft’s Windows Phone, exclusive to Verizon

HTC this morning confirmed that it will expand its flagship HTC One (M8) device to Windows Phone, marking an important step for Microsoft in the company’s attempt to create an ecosystem for Windows Phone beyond its own Nokia hardware platform. The device blends the worlds of Windows Phone and HTC, offering HTC features such as the BlinkFeed… Read More

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Verizon tops rivals in new RootMetrics wireless report, but T-Mobile gains in cities

Verizon comes out ahead of rivals AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in nearly every category of performance — including reliability, data speeds and phone calls — in a new study of the U.S. wireless market by RootMetrics. However, the report says T-Mobile made noticeable improvements in larger cities, based on the wireless company’s ongoing investments in metro areas. According to the… Read More

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Where’s Apple? Tech icon’s absence stands out in Seattle

It has become common for big tech companies from Silicon Valley and San Francisco to open branch offices in the Seattle region, including Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Oracle, HP, and many others. In many cases, the offices are engineering centers, boosting the ability of each company to recruit developers in the region. So where the heck is Apple? That’s… Read More

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Amazon and Google wrestle over corporate secrets in cloud employment dispute

Google is seeking to formally intervene in a lawsuit filed by Amazon against a former Amazon Web Services employee who left the Seattle company and took a job with Google’s cloud computing division. The move by Google is revealed in a new filing in King County Superior Court in Seattle. By intervening in the case, Google says it wants to limit what it describes… Read More

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Let’s say you’ve got $100 to invest: AMZN or MSFT?

This past week, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at the big Rotary Club of Seattle, talking about the Pacific Northwest tech economy with a group of leading investors and entrepreneurs. We talked about a wide range of issues — hiring, education, the tech investment climate, key startups to watch, and the direction of… Read More

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Video: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

OK, this whole Ice Bucket Challenge is destined to go down as one of the most successful viral campaigns in history, raising awareness and money for ALS. The latest luminary to brave a frigid dousing is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who accepted the challenge from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Bezos did the deed at an all-hands Amazon meeting in Seattle… Read More

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Epic: Bill Gates geeks out on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Lots of big-time tech execs have been taking the “Ice Bucket Challenge” this week, dumping buckets of cold water over their heads to raise awareness for ALS, but Bill Gates takes things to a whole new level in this video, just posted online. Gotta love that blowtorch! But really, Comic Sans on the blueprints? Come… Read More

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Interview: White House forms strike force of top geeks for tough tech projects

A newly formed federal team called the U.S. Digital Service will help governmental agencies learn from the way modern tech companies develop, roll out and run large technology projects. The initiative was announced this week in Washington, D.C., by Steven VanRoekel, the U.S. chief information officer, who worked for many years at Microsoft, including a stint as Bill Gates’ strategy… Read More

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Meet Microsoft’s cell phone: Nokia 130 will sell for $25

Microsoft’s decision to wind down Nokia’s Asha, Series 40 and Nokia X Android phones, following its acquisition of Nokia’s phone business, doesn’t mean it’s exiting the market for basic mobile phones. The company this morning announced a new device, the Nokia 130. It includes some advanced features like video and music playback, and a flashlight, plus content sharing via SD card,… Read More

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Hachette CEO replies to Amazon fans: ‘These punitive actions are not necessary’

Amazon this weekend took the unusual step of asking authors and readers to send a message to Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch, appealing to the publisher to support Amazon’s push for lower e-book prices. The company even published Pietsch’s email address, with suggested talking points. As it turns out, Pietsch isn’t just filing the messages away or hitting delete…. Read More

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Amazon playing hardball with Disney, nixing preorders for upcoming DVDs

Amazon is declining to offer pre-orders for upcoming DVD and Blu-ray versions of Disney movies including “Muppets Most Wanted,” “Maleficent,” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” — reportedly holding back the option from customers as a tactic in its contract negotiations with the studio. The move, first reported by Home Media Magazine, mirrors Amazon’s tactics in its previous negotiations… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Amgen and the state of Seattle biotech, with guest Luke Timmerman

Amgen dealt a blow to Seattle’s biotech industry last week with the announcement that it will be closing its large research-and-development campus on Elliott Bay, which dates back to its acquisition of Immunex more than a decade ago. So what does this closure mean for the biotech industry? Our guest this week is Luke Timmerman, the veteran biotechnology journalist, who… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Jean Paoli, president of Microsoft Open Technologies

There was a time when Microsoft and “open technologies” were diametrically opposed, but the Redmond company has increasingly been changing its approach, and philosophy, when it comes to open source technologies, interoperability and standards. One sign of that change: The creation of Microsoft Open Technologies in 2012. The subsidiary is led by Jean Paoli, a Microsoft veteran… Read More

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Say farewell to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 … in 2016

Microsoft announced new support policies for Internet Explorer today: Starting on Jan. 12, 2016, the company will only support the most recent version of the browser available for a particular version of Windows. “Running a modern browser is more important than ever for the fastest, most secure experience on the latest Web sites and services, connecting anytime,… Read More

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Rhapsody tops $42M in quarterly revenue, but loss widens, filing shows

Rhapsody’s quarterly revenue reached nearly $42.5 million in the second quarter — an increase of 22 percent — but the music service’s loss widened to $4.7 million, from a loss of $4.4 million a year ago. Rhapsody is an independent, privately held company, but the company’s financial results were disclosed this morning in a quarterly regulatory filing… Read More