GeekWire Breaking News in Technology & Business Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:18:41 +0000 en-US GeekWire 144 144 hourly 1 Tech Moves: Sandell leaves Tableau’s board; Lisa Chin to depart Year Up; and more Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:18:21 +0000
—Tableau Software revealed in a regulatory filing that Scott Sandell will not stand for re-election to the company’s board of directors. Sandell, a general partner at New Enterprise Associates and the lead independent director on Tableau’s board, will depart in May when his term expires. According to the filing, his departure was the result of other business and board commitments, not the result of any disagreement with the company’s leadership. He has served as a director since August 2004. It’s not clear yet if Tableau will name a replacement for Sandell in time for the shareholder meeting election. In addition to his roles… Read More]]> 2 ScottSandell Scott Sandell 0035a2d Lisa Chin James Casey Nicole Forsgren Nicole Forsgren Lauren-Antonov Sander van ‘t Noordente Headshot Sander van 't Noordende 29ccb82 Chuck Allen
Microsoft and Yahoo search alliance in flux, as revised contract changes key deadline Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:38:46 +0000
Yahoo and Microsoft may be modifying an agreement that has tied the fates of the two companies together for the past five years. Yahoo revealed in a regulatory filing today that the two parties have amended the search alliance agreement they signed in 2010 so Yahoo has until late April to terminate the deal. Under a provision in the original agreement, Yahoo could choose to exit its search alliance with Microsoft up to 30 days after February 23 of this year. To do so, a 12-month average of its revenue per search in the U.S. would have to be less than an undisclosed percentage… Read More]]> 2 yahoo_logo bing11
Join George Takei and #BoycottIndiana on Twitter Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:36:47 +0000
Yesterday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a “religious freedom” law that would give businesses the right to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers. Today, Twitter is exploding in protest under the #BoycottIndiana hashtag, thanks to Star Trek‘s awesome George Takei (who is in Seattle tonight at EMP!). Takei went online yesterday, as reported here by Time, asking people to show their support by using the hashtag. The response has been massive. Yesterday, we reported how others in the tech and gaming community have stepped up to protest the new law, including Gen Con and Salesforce. Gen Con drafted another letter to Pence… Read More]]> 1 Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 10.33.23 AM Photo via Flickr/Scott Smithson/George Takei as grand marshall at last year's Seattle Pride Parade
In lifestyles of Silicon Valley’s rich and famous, auto racing is latest passion Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:31:12 +0000
Auto racing requires precision, a love for engineering and mechanics, and it also happens to provide a nice adrenaline rush. So it’s no wonder that the elite in tech are taking to it. That’s the latest trend the New York Times reports on today: Tech executives hitting the race track. “Auto racing, like much else, comes down to math,” writes the Times. “There is an optimal path around a racetrack, a geometric arc of least resistance. It is the driver’s job to find this sweet spot of physics and stick to it, lap after lap, as consistently as a microprocessor… Read More]]> 1 Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.17.20 AM Photo via Aston Martin Racing Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.28.07 AM Photo via Tesla Racing
Argument between Seattle driver and biker becomes a viral sensation Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:21:17 +0000
How was your commute today? Hopefully it was all coffee and roses and NPR. But this video caught by a biker shows how traveling on the streets of Seattle can go very, very wrong. Q13Fox posted the video that is now going viral of a young woman being confronted by a biker for blocking the bicycle lane. When she exits the building, the cyclist says, “Hey, Ma’am? Is this your car? You know, this isn’t a parking lane, right?” To which she says, “I literally just ran in, so you can keep going. I literally don’t give a fuck about anything you… Read More]]> 41 Cars vs. Bikes: Argument between Seattle driver and biker goes viral - GeekWire How was your commute today? Hopefully it was all coffee and roses and NPR. But this video caught by a biker shows how traveling on the streets of Seattle can go very, very wrong. Q13Fox posted the video that is now going viral of a young woman being confronted by a biker for blocking the bicycle lan Seattle cars vs. bikes Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 8.02.37 AM Photo via YouTube/Ghost of Starman Super
Millennials flock to cities where homes are expensive, and it’s hurting the economy Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:32:24 +0000
Young people are flocking to big, expensive cities, according to data crunched by housing market information service RealtyTrac, and that might not be the greatest of ideas. If you look at the chart below, you’ll see that young folks are moving to the Washington D.C. area, which occupies three of the top 10 counties where high percentages of millennials are moving in. They are also moving to places like San Francisco, Denver, and New York. That’s probably not much of a surprise: Young adults go where opportunity is. Opportunity is in the eye of the beholder, however. That fourth column… Read More]]> 13 Print Percent change millenials chart Best-mill-markets
Here’s how much Google is paying its new CFO to lure her away from Wall Street Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:02:25 +0000
Ruth Porat, Google’s new Chief Financial Officer, will be receiving an annual salary of $650,000 and a signing bonus of $5 million, the company revealed in a regulatory filing today. She’ll also receive a grant of $25 million in Google stock that vests starting on December 25, and the company plans to give her another grant worth $40 million starting in 2016. Porat, who was the CFO of Morgan Stanley, will be taking on the role from Patrick Pichette, who announced earlier this month that he will be retiring to spend more time with his family. A Stanford graduate, Porat… Read More]]> 9 ruthporat Ruth Porat, Google's new CFO.
Mapping Seattle’s incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:32:36 +0000
With the birth of Y Combinator in Silicon Valley a decade ago, the number of accelerators, incubators, and co-working spaces has increased exponentially over the past decade, with more than 200 in the U.S. alone today. They are everywhere these days, and we’ve checked in with several on our travels to Tampa, Phoenix and Dallas in recent weeks. We’re noticing the same trend here in the Seattle region. Even five years ago, it may have been difficult to find more than a handful of these startup hot houses. But a quick tally today shows 20 accelerators and incubators, in addition to 28 co-working… Read More]]> 17 startuphall21 Inside the UW's new Startup Hall. 34dbcc_5213d922d9a7a37086e571d6245f23ca.jpg_srz_p_1011_674_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srz Galvanize, a new co-working space in Seattle, offers rooftop views. devore-chris11 Chris DeVore keynoting the 2013 GeekWire Awards. Sanjay Puri Sanjay Puri. gras-seaton11 Seaton Gras at the old SURF Incubator space in Seattle.
Delivered by Amazon: What it’s like to get a package straight from the online retailer Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:17:07 +0000
SAN FRANCISCO — Most people who order items from Amazon receive their packages from UPS, the U.S. Postal Service or another delivery service. But today my delivery came straight from Amazon itself — giving me a first-hand glimpse of the company’s delivery experiment in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rumors surfaced last year that the Seattle-based retail titan was testing direct deliveries in San Francisco, but this is the first time I’ve experienced one, and clear evidence that the company is still experimenting with operating its own delivery service. So what was it like? The order itself wasn’t anything special (an… Read More]]> 25 IMG_0656 amazonorder
PlayStation 4 tops Xbox One in February for U.S. console, software sales Thu, 12 Mar 2015 22:47:52 +0000
For the second straight month, Sony ousted Microsoft for U.S. console sales. A Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesperson today confirmed that the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One in February. It also finished on top for software sales, too. Microsoft, meanwhile, said it had “record February sales in the U.S. for Xbox One and 84 percent more consoles sold compared to January 2015,” according to Xbox Marketing Chief Mike Nichols. The margin of Sony’s victory isn’t clear. Neither Sony nor Microsoft released the specific number of consoles they sold in February in the U.S. In January, Sony was No. 1 for U.S. console sales after Microsoft… Read More]]> 15 ps4 xboxonenokinect
Commentary: Computer science education is key to our future Sat, 07 Mar 2015 19:54:11 +0000
The Seattle area is home to more software development engineers than any metropolitan area in the country. More than Boston. More than New York. More than San Francisco. When it comes to software, we are number one. Our deep talent pool in this field is one of the reasons why Apple, Google, Facebook, and so many other global tech powerhouse companies have opened large offices here. The impact on our region has been extraordinary. Each software engineering job has led to seven other jobs in the wider economy. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been created in a time when… Read More]]> 20 computer-science-classshutterstock_92873875 Photo via Shutterstock schutzler WTIA President Michael Schutzler
Cyanogen aims for mainstream Android market: New Alcatel device, Qualcomm deal, and big plans Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:15:14 +0000
Cyanogen Inc. is launching a new effort to take its Android-based operating system further beyond its hacker roots — posing a stronger challenge to Google in the mainstream Android smartphone market with a new Alcatel device, a partnership with chipmaker Qualcomm, and rebranding of the company … as a start. Alcatel just announced a new smartphone, the HERO 2+, preloaded with Cyanogen OS and slated to go on sale in North America early in the second quarter for $299. It will be sold online without a wireless contract, with the ability to work on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks in the United States. Cyanogen, with nearly 20 million… Read More]]> 2 SteveKondik Cyanogen CEO Steve Kondik. HERO 2 Dark Gray Front-left V1.0 (1) (1) bloglogo1-optimized
Review: $20/month Sling TV service appeals to cord cutters, but falls short overall Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:30:14 +0000
Dish Network is trying to upend the current TV landscape by offering viewers a selection of live channels via the internet. The company’s Sling TV subscription service, announced at CES earlier this month, is a fresh way for people to get premium live TV channels without paying the full price of cable. A $20 per month subscription gets users access to a library of 12 channels, including ESPN, ESPN2 and CNN. News junkies can elect to pay an additional $5 a month for access to a News Extra package that includes channels like Bloomberg TV and HLN, while parents can pay for a… Read More]]> 3 IMG_0317 television IMG_0325 quietly acquires the social shopping whizzes at Quorus Tue, 27 Dec 2011 23:01:51 +0000
A few weeks ago, we reported that Quorus co-founder Logan Bowers had left the upstart to become a senior software engineer at Well, as it turns out, the former Zillow and Expedia developer will have some familiar faces hanging around the Amazon offices. GeekWire has learned that Amazon not only hired Bowers, but gobbled up other members of the Quorus team in what appears to be a “talent acquisition.” In addition to Bowers, Quorus co-founder Michael Dougherty, as well as employees Sam Rayachoti and Peter Abramson, have joined Amazon. Reached via email, Dougherty declined to discuss details of the… Read More]]> 6 quorus