T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

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

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Three mobile startup veterans raise $1.5M to provide cookie-like data for mobile apps

PushSpring has raised $1.5 million in capital to help mobile developers know their customers better so they can display more relevant ads inside of their applications. The Seattle-based company, which has been operating quietly for the past year, was founded by three Seattle mobile veterans: Karl Stillner, Steve Dossick and Tyler Davidson. Stillner, who is PushSpring’s… Read More

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Zulily shares soar on analyst report that applauds ‘hyper growth’ strategy

Zulily’s stock jumped 10 percent this morning after an analyst report upgraded the company’s shares to a buy from a neutral rating. In early trading, shares were up $3.70 apiece to trade at $40.25. Investors were bullish on the online retailer, which markets clothing, toys and home goods to moms, after Goldman Sachs released a report that said Zulily’s “hyper… Read More

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Sprint adds 4G LTE service in 28 markets, including Seattle

Sprint customers in Seattle will finally be able to have access to 4G LTE service. The nation’s third-largest wireless carrier announced today that it is expanding its 4G LTE coverage to 28 markets, including Seattle, San Jose, Miami and Cleveland. Several other areas of Washington, including Tacoma, Everett, and Yakima now have 4G LTE coverage from Sprint,… Read More

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How a trip to Africa helped Facebook retool its Android app for the developing world

One of Mark Zuckerberg’s goals for Facebook is bringing the “next 5 billion” people onto the social network. But that isn’t as simple as increasing the company’s advertising spending in the developing world. So how can it be done? Alex Sourov, an engineer from Facebook’s Seattle office, traveled to Africa with colleagues to identify the challenges for Facebook… Read More

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere makes case for wireless merger

Answering questions from reporters Wednesday night in front of an audience of enthusiastic employees and partners, T-Mobile CEO John Legere was careful not to comment specifically on T-Mobile’s widely reported merger talks with Sprint — a deal that would combine the nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers. However, he promised the cheering crowd, “In anything we do, it will… Read More

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Live from T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 5.0 event

Tune in live to find out what John Legere has up his sleeve next at tonight’s Uncarrier 5.0 event in Seattle. The Bellevue-based company sent invitations to journalists a couple weeks ago, teasing us with the tagline T-Mobile “doesn’t play it safe and sound.” Predictions are for some sort of music announcement, especially since hometown hero Macklemore will be performing right afterward… Read More