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.

Google's Brian Goldfarb addresses the audience in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood today.

Google exec: Cloud price wars have only just begun

Google’s cloud team is on a city-by-city roadshow, trying to persuade developers to use Google Cloud Platform to run their apps and online services, leveraging the technology developed by Google to run its own massive cloud services. Today the tour stopped in the backyard of Microsoft and Amazon, with a message: Cloud prices haven’t been dropping quickly enough, and Google is aiming to… Read More

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Rob Glaser is officially back as RealNetworks CEO, shedding ‘interim’ title after two years

More than two years after returning as the interim CEO of RealNetworks, founder Rob Glaser was named the company’s permanent chief executive this afternoon — shedding the “interim” title and officially reclaiming the position that he held for more than 15 years. The decision by the RealNetworks board, announced this afternoon, speaks in part to the difficulty… Read More

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Amazon: Why $9.99 e-books are better for everyone, including Hachette

Amazon has gone public with new details about its high-profile standoff with book publisher Hachette, confirming that the e-commerce giant is trying to lock in a standard price of $9.99 for e-books — and making the case that the lower price is actually better for everyone involved, including the publisher. “Many e-books are being released at $14.99 and even $19.99,”… Read More

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone gets ‘Live Folders’ on Start screen

Windows Phone users, your folders have arrived. Microsoft announced the first update to Windows Phone 8.1 this morning, including a feature that will let users organize the Live Tiles on their Start screens into “Live Folders,” as the company is calling them. It’s the latest example of Microsoft doing its own spin on features previously released… Read More

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Amgen to shutter giant Seattle waterfront campus

Biotech giant Amgen says it will close its facilities in the Seattle region — including its 40-acre waterfront campus on Elliott Bay, inherited with its acquisition of Immunex more than a decade ago. The closure of the sites in Seattle and Bothell, Wash., was announced by the company this afternoon as part of a broader plan to cut between 2,400… Read More

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Inside Microsoft’s hackathon: Big ideas and new traditions at a tech giant in transition

Each fall, for many years, Microsoft employees have bundled up and made the trek to Seattle’s Safeco Field to listen as top executives attempted to inspire them with a vision for the company’s future. Satya Nadella is replacing that tradition with a new one: Under sunny summer skies in Redmond on Tuesday morning, the new Microsoft CEO cranked a siren to start a… Read More

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Microsoft hires high-ranking Qualcomm exec Peggy Johnson, report says

Microsoft has hired a high-ranking Qualcomm executive, Peggy Johnson, who most recently oversaw the semiconductor company’s strategic partnerships and its initiatives to commercialize new technologies, according to a report by Re/code, citing unnamed sources. The hire hasn’t yet been confirmed by either company, and Johnson’s expected position at Microsoft isn’t known. It would be one of the first big… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Fire phone, iPhone 6 and Microsoft’s smartwatch, with Essex Porter and Andru Edwards

We get a glimpse of the future this week on the GeekWire radio show, talking about Amazon’s newly released Fire phone, the widely rumored iPhone 6, and Microsoft’s unannounced smartwatch — with some Windows Phone thrown in for good measure. Joining me in the studio are Andru Edwards, editor of the GearLive tech news site, who extends his record as our… Read More

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App of the Week: CoupConnect lets you manage, buy and sell daily deals

So you bought a coupon for discounted car repair, or a haircut at the local salon, but it turns out you can’t use it? An app called CoupConnect aims to solve the problem — providing a secondary market for users to buy and sell daily deals. CoupConnect, developed by Seattle-area entrepreneur Prateek Jetly, was originally launched as a way for users… Read More

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Microsoft says it will closely monitor the impact of contractor policy changes

Microsoft is getting lots of attention for a new policy that will prevent its large contract workforce from accessing company buildings and the internal network after 18 months on the job — requiring a six-month break even for “v-dash” vendors who previously were on indefinite assignments. It’s a significant change in policy that promises to make many Microsoft teams think twice about using large numbers of… Read More

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Amazon says Prime subscriptions growing ‘very nicely’ despite price increase

Amazon Prime subscriptions “are growing very nicely year over year” despite the company’s move to increase the rate of the annual subscription by $20 to $99/year, the company’s chief financial officer said on Amazon’s earnings conference call. The company added more Prime subscriptions in the second quarter than it did in the same quarter of… Read More

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Yammer co-founder David Sacks leaving Microsoft, two years after $1.2B acquisition

Yammer co-founder David Sacks is leaving Microsoft, and the team developing the business-oriented social network will be folded into the Office 365 and Outlook development teams. Sacks announced the news on Twitter this afternoon, and Microsoft confirmed the changes in a statement to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. The company said in the statement: “As we’ve seen… Read More

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Q&A: Nokia HERE targets iOS and Android, expanding its role as the ‘location cloud’

The launch of Amazon’s Fire phone today marks an important step for Nokia’s HERE location-technology business, which is supplying the underlying mapping platform used by the new smartphone. But it’s just part of a broader expansion strategy for the Nokia-owned company — including the planned release of new consumer services for iOS and Android later this year. That’s one of the… Read More

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Oracle to hire 100+ engineers in Seattle for new cloud infrastructure center

Seattle’s status as a cloud engineering hub just went up another notch with Oracle’s announcement that it’s opening a new Cloud Infrastructure Development Center — aiming to hire more than 100 engineers for the new office in the heart of Seattle’s downtown core. The new Oracle office, which totals more than 17,000 square feet of space, will be led by… Read More

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Amazon expected to post loss as growth spurt continues

It’s a big day for Amazon, with the release of its Fire phone marking the company’s entry into the smartphone market, the latest symbol of its expansive ambitions in the technology world. This afternoon, investors will get a new glimpse of the company’s financial picture — demonstrating, once again, Amazon’s ability to run on very small… Read More

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Uber app arrives on Microsoft’s Windows Phone

Uber, the popular on-demand ride service, launched its first native Windows Phone app today, filling a notable gap in Microsoft’s mobile marketplace. The app, available here, works in the same way as Uber’s existing apps for iPhone and Android, letting users request, track and pay for a ride via the app. Previously, Windows Phone users needed… Read More

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Fire phone review: Amazon’s phone is a solid first try, but the magic tricks are a little much

Look closely at Amazon’s new Fire phone and you’ll notice four sensors, one in each corner on the front of the device. These are cameras and infrared LEDs that detect the position of your head relative to the phone in real time. This lets the Fire phone pull off some pretty amazing technological tricks. Move the phone around in your hand… Read More

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Microsoft revenue up 18%, beating expectations, but profits come up short

Microsoft posted $23.4 billion in revenue for the June quarter, a 17.5 percent increase, but its earnings of 55 cents a share fell short of analysts’ expectations as the company reflected the acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business on its financial statements for the first time. Companywide profits (net income) fell to $4.6 billion, a 7 percent decline… Read More

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Microsoft’s contractor crackdown: ‘Shadow layoff’ could force big cultural changes inside company

Microsoft employed about 100,000 people directly prior to its acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business. That’s the employment number the company reports publicly — the “blue badges” who make up the core of its workforce. But in addition to those employees, more than 71,000 worked with Microsoft as “orange badges” — contractors, vendors and other contingent staff who do a ton of work… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: ‘The Amazon Way’ — former insider explains how the company works

What makes Amazon tick, and where is the company headed? This week on the GeekWire radio show, we go behind-the-scenes of the technology giant with our guest, John Rossman, author of the book, The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles Behind the World’s Most Disruptive Company. Rossman, who is now a managing director at management consulting firm Alvarez… Read More