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Amazon hires Google Glass founder to ‘work on a few other things’

Updated at 3:30 p.m. with Google’s statement below. Babak Parviz, who founded and led the Google Glass project, has left the search company’s Google X advanced research division for a new role at Amazon, he announced on his Google+ page this weekend — declaring himself “super excited” without revealing what he’ll be doing. He writes on his Google+ about… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Our favorite apps to find a date, a car ride, a haircut, and make your tweets self-destruct

We’re back with another app-apolooza on this week’s GeekWire radio show — talking about our latest favorite apps with our special guest, Alex McConnehey, the founder of the See Jane Fix phone and tablet repair service. After getting tips from Alex on keeping our phones in working order, we dive into the apps — covering everything from ride-sharing apps… Read More

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Yahoo executive, a former Seattle startup CEO, sued for sexual harassment by employee

Former Seattle startup CEO Maria Zhang, who joined Yahoo as a senior mobile engineering director when it acquired her company, Alike, was sued for sexual harassment Friday by a female employee who worked for Zhang at Yahoo. Yahoo is denying the allegations and saying it intends to “fight vigorously” to clear Zhang’s name. Zhang was a GeekWire Geek of the… Read More

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Analyst predicts job cuts at Microsoft in range of 5-10%

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hinted at the possibility of job cuts in his memo to employees Thursday, and one longtime analyst, Nomura’s Rick Sherlund, is now predicting that the company will reduce its headcount by something in the range of 5 percent to 10 percent. As outlined by Sherlund in a note to clients this morning,… Read More

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Meet the new Microsoft: Key takeaways from Satya’s big memo — and yes, job cuts are likely

In certain circles, Microsoft memos are the stuff of legend. The seminal “Internet Tidal Wave” memo of 1995. The major “Trustworthy Computing” memo of 2002. The landmark “Shrimp & Weenies” memo of 1993. Depending on how the next month goes, Satya Nadella’s “Bold Ambition & Our Core” memo of 2014 could claim its own place in Microsoft lore. In case you missed it, the Microsoft… Read More

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Fuze jolts the enterprise video collaboration market, led by former Yammer execs

When Groupon took stock of the video-conferencing and collaboration tools being used inside the company, executives were surprised to discover a critical mass of employees who had started using an application called Fuze on their own. Fuze offers fast setup of HD video-conferences across a variety of devices, with integrated cloud storage and quick content sharing, supporting up to 25 participants at a time for free,… Read More

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Amazon jumps into enterprise collaboration with ‘Zocalo’

Amazon just unveiled a new collaboration and document sharing service called Zocalo — using its leadership position in cloud computing to compete more aggressively against Box and others in the market for enterprise applications. Zocalo lets users store, share and collaborate on a variety of file types across devices including iPad, Kindle Fire and Android tablets. The service works via… Read More

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Microsoft’s Nadella defends Xbox business, says console is key part of the family

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella this morning responded to critics of the company’s Xbox business, defending its significance and making it clear that Microsoft won’t be spinning off its console anytime soon. The statements came as part of a larger strategy memo from Nadella to Microsoft employees, released this morning at the outset of the company’s new fiscal year. Here’s… Read More

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Microsoft will streamline engineering, make faster decisions, vows CEO Satya Nadella in new memo

Microsoft has a tradition of using massive strategy memos to set a new course or clarify the company’s direction, and CEO Satya Nadella continued the practice this morning with a 3,200-word missive to the company’s entire workforce. The memo lays out the company’s vision for a “mobile-first and cloud-first world,” using data and cloud computing to… Read More

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On opening day for pot sales, Leafly sponsors food trucks

What better place to connect with pot consumers than a taco truck, next to a head shop? That’s the very logical marketing strategy being used in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood today by Leafly, the marijuana review app. The company marked the first day of legal marijuana sales in Washington state by sponsoring several food trucks around Seattle, in… Read More

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Isis mobile wallet to change name to avoid confusion with ISIS militant group

Isis, the digital wallet venture started by Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T, says it will roll out a new brand — aiming to avoid confusion with the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, commonly known as ISIS. “However coincidental, we have no interest in sharing a name with a group whose name has become synonymous with violence and our hearts go out… Read More

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Windows to outpace Mac/iOS through 2015, as Android’s lead reaches 1 billion units

The lines between PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones are getting blurrier by the day, which makes a new forecast from Gartner especially noteworthy. As part of its updated global device shipment projections, released this morning, the research firm gave its expectations for overall growth of Android, Mac/iOS and Windows shipments across all major types of devices through the… Read More

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New stats: Microsoft’s fastest-growing OS is … not Windows 8

Microsoft’s Windows 7 continued its rebound in June, climbing to 50.55 percent of worldwide desktop operating system usage. And despite its retirement, Windows XP saw a small increase in market share during the month, clawing back up to 25.31 percent of worldwide usage, according to the latest desktop operating system stats from NetMarketShare. Windows 8.1 also saw… Read More

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App of the Week: Endless Reader spells fun for preschoolers

It’s increasingly easy for young kids to pick up a phone or tablet and get sucked into an interactive experience, so why not accelerate their reading abilities in the process? That’s the concept behind Endless Reader, the latest in a series of apps from Originator Inc. that use interactive graphics, fun characters and wacky audio cues to help preschoolers… Read More

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WTF, FTC? T-Mobile’s John Legere says ‘cramming’ charges are sensationalized and exaggerated

T-Mobile CEO John Legere says the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is sensationalizing and exaggerating claims that T-Mobile improperly billed customers for premium text-messaging services without their knowledge, a practice known in the industry as “cramming.” In a blog post this afternoon, the outspoken wireless leader points out that T-Mobile and other carriers ended the practice last year, after being… Read More

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A cross-platform wearable? Microsoft might be on to something here

The persistent rumors about Microsoft releasing a smartwatch or fitness band raise natural questions about the company’s chances for success with another “me, too” product. But a new report puts a different spin on things — pointing to plans by Microsoft to make its wearable device work not just with Windows Phone but with iPhone and Android,… Read More

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Former Amazon employee: Disputed non-compete deal ‘excessive’ and ‘overbroad’

A former Amazon manager is responding defiantly to the company’s lawsuit over his new job at Google — further positioning his case as a new legal test for tech-industry employment agreements. A lawyer for Zoltan Szabadi, the former Amazon Web Services partnerships manager who was sued by the company after taking a job with Google, is asking a King County Superior Court judge to throw out the… Read More

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Microsoft and Canon reach broad patent agreement

Microsoft and Canon announced a wide-ranging patent agreement this morning, with each company receiving a broad license to the other’s patent portfolio as part of the deal. The companies declined to detail the specific technologies involved, but Canon’s involvement in areas including imaging, printing, cameras, semiconductors and video equipment could provide extra protection for Microsoft as it… Read More

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Amazon says its Hachette standoff is ‘in the long-term interest of our customers’

A top executive for Amazon’s e-book business is defending the company’s tactics in its high-profile dispute with publisher Hachette, saying that it’s “acting in the long-term interest of our customers.” “This discussion is all about e-book pricing,” said Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s senior vice president of Kindle content, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “The terms under… Read More