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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Microsoft lobbies vacationing D.C. decision-makers with full-page ads in Martha’s Vineyard and Outer Banks newspapers

It’s the build-up to the long Labor Day weekend, so how can someone reach key decision-makers from Washington, D.C.? Take out ads in local newspapers in some of the most popular East Coast vacation destinations, apparently. That’s exactly what Microsoft is doing to bring attention to its Digital Constitution campaign, its challenge to the U.S. government’s attempt to obtain customer email… Read More

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Porch adds former Market Leader CEO Ian Morris to board

Ian Morris, the former CEO of real estate technology company Market Leader, has joined the board of directors of Porch, the fast-growing home improvement data startup headquartered in Seattle. Morris brings a “tremendous amount of expertise” in areas including ramping up a sales team and selling to small businesses, said Porch CEO Matt Ehrlichman via phone… Read More

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Amazon bets big on kids shows, orders 5 more pilots

Look out, PBS and Nickelodeon! Amazon says it has ordered up pilots for five more kids shows early next year, giving viewers a chance to help decide which new children’s programs get made into full series. The move follows the debut this year of Amazon’s first three children’s shows, new episodes of which will be released in… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: How cops are moving to the cloud, and what it means for public safety

The recent chaos and tragedy in Ferguson, Mo., have highlighted the importance of accountability and transparency in everyday interactions between police and the public. Can technology make a difference? That’s one of our questions this week on the GeekWire radio show. Our guests in the studio are Marcus Womack, the general manager of Evidence.com, which offers a cloud-based service and… Read More

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Microsoft plans video streaming device, rivaling Chromecast, filings suggest

Microsoft is preparing to launch its own video streaming device, based on the Miracast screencasting standard, according to filings with the FCC and WiFi Alliance, unearthed this week by Windows Phone Daily and Nokia Power User. The filings suggest that Microsoft is developing a dongle, dubbed the HD-10, similar to Google’s Chromecast device, with HDMI, WiFi and… Read More

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Microsoft’s board: New blood could mean new approach

Steve Ballmer’s resignation from the Microsoft board this week is the latest change for a group that has experienced a major shakeup over the past year — including a new chairman in John Thompson; a new CEO in Satya Nadalla; the addition of an activist shareholder in ValueAct’s Mason Morfit; and the appointment of a wireless veteran,… Read More

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This sticker is a beacon: Estimote launching tiny ‘Nearables’ sensors

Estimote, a startup that has made its mark with small beacons that communicate wirelessly with smartphones, is unveiling a new product today that puts beacon technology into stickers, with a variety of embedded sensors. The technology, which the company is calling “Nearables,” promises to enable a variety of new applications by attaching easily to everyday objects. Examples… Read More

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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