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T-Mobile posts Q2 profit, surpasses 50M customers

T-Mobile is not only adding millions of customers per quarter, but now the company is back in the green. The Bellevue-based wireless carrier turned a profit of $391 million in the second quarter while adding another 1.5 million customers — its fifth consecutive quarter of subscriber growth. The profit, which follows a $154 million loss in… Read More

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Seattle police say cell networks may get bogged down at Torchlight Parade, urge revelers to text

Heading to Saturday’s big Torchlight Parade in downtown Seattle? The Seattle Police Department has a message for you: Text instead of call, and limit your social media tendencies. In a blog post, the police department noted that the “region’s privately-owned cellular networks may become taxed by throngs of cell-phone wielding revelers.” Because of that, they… Read More

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Amazon begins testing a mobile wallet app, but stops short of enabling payments

Amazon has 244 million active customers, who trust the e-commerce behemoth to keep their credit cards on file, and yet, the Seattle-based company has done very little to exploit that position. At least, not until now. Last week, Amazon quietly rolled out a mobile application called the Amazon Wallet that will allow customers to scan and save gift… Read More

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Starbucks launching mobile ordering pilot later this year, testing how long coffee will stay hot

Starbucks is brewing up a way for customers to not just pay for their coffee via the company’s popular smartphone app, but to order coffee from their phone, too. The coffee chain’s Chief Digital Officer Adam Brotman outlined the plan at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo., describing how mobile ordering will work when a pilot launches later this… Read More

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Sprint, T-Mobile looking to raise $10 billion for auctioned wireless airwaves

As Sprint and T-Mobile prepare to merge, the companies are now reportedly looking to raise money to bid for wireless airwaves. The Wall Street Journal notes that the wireless giants want to raise $10 billion for a 2015 auction of airwaves owned by television broadcasters. The money would be part of a financing package between the companies that, as… Read More

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Roll the credits: T-Mobile’s John Legere named executive producer of “Love Child,” a film coming soon to a screen near you

Is there anything that this CEO can’t do? T-Mobile’s John Legere generally has his hands full trying to revive the Bellevue-based carrier, but here’s something else he can add to his resume: Executive Producer. We noticed recently that Legere’s name popped on the credits for “Love Child,” a film currently being pushed nationwide through various film festivals and… Read More

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Double Down’s parent IGT sells to Italian lottery operator for $4.7 billion

U.S. slot-maker International Game Technology, which owns Seattle’s Double Down Interactive, has been sold to an Italian lottery operator Gtech for $4.7 billion in cash and stock. For the past month, it was known that IGT had been exploring a possible sale following the disclosure earlier this year that it was facing financial troubles. Gtech will pay… 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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AT&T expands sponsored mobile content program with Syntonic store

Syntonic Wireless, a Bellevue-based startup founded by two former RealNetworks execs, today announced that it will launch its Syntonic Sponsored Content Store for AT&T mobile subscribers later this summer. The store, in pre-beta mode and set for official launch in August, allows users to access mobile apps and other content without affecting their data plans. It’s made… Read More

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From behind-the-scenes, HTC’s Chairwoman Cher Wang steps in to aid in company’s turn around

Will HTC’s co-founder and chairwoman Cher Wang be able to turnaround the struggling smartphone company? It’s too early to make that call, but in an interview with Fortune, the 55-year-old executive provided some insight into what she’s been prioritizing for the past year since taking on more control. Some of her responsibilities now include marketing, building relationships with wireless carriers that… Read More

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Could Android apps be the key to growing Windows Phone?

One of the major problems facing Windows Phone is the relative immaturity of its app ecosystem. Microsoft has worked hard to encourage developers to work with the platform, but many aren’t releasing top apps for Windows Phone at the same time they’re launching apps and features for Android and iOS. To combat that, Microsoft may allow Windows… 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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Can you hear me now, John Legere? Here are the results of my T-Mobile Test Drive

“When are you going to do your Test Drive, Tricia?” That was the question T-Mobile CEO John Legere laid on me during our interview following a very passionate — some may argue controversial — performance at the Paramount Theater two weeks ago, where he outlined the Bellevue carrier’s next moves for disrupting the wireless industry. If you haven’t yet heard, T-Mobile’s Test… Read More

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Amazon faces potential lawsuit by the FTC over in-app purchases made by children

Amazon is fighting claims by the Federal Trade Commission, which charge that it failed to get parents’ permission for purchases made by children inside applications on its Kindle Fire tablets. The Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into the Seattle retailer’s practices are not public, however, The Wall Street Journal reports it was able to obtain documents sent yesterday by Amazon… Read More

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T-Mobile employees speak out against CEO’s ‘raping’ remark

Five employees of T-Mobile are objecting publicly to T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s comments last week that AT&T and Verizon are “raping” wireless customers. Legere apologized for the off-the-cuff comment last week, but in their post today on the site MomsRising.org, the five women say they aren’t buying it. The post was written by T-Mobile employees Carolina… Read More