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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

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Hands-on with Amazon’s Fire Phone: 3D, battery life and other first impressions

GeekWire’s Tricia Duryee and I just emerged from some hands-on time with Amazon’s new Fire Phone, and an interview with Ian Freed, the Amazon executive who led the project — a 4-year initiative inside the company. Here are some of our impressions and key takeaways from both sessions … Dynamic Perspective/Gestures: This is shaping up as the signature… Read More

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Cellular service provider Solavei files for bankruptcy

Solavei emerged on the scene two years ago with a high-profile list of investors, celebrity endorsers and an ambitious business model that relied on customers to spread the word about the company’s cellular phone service, earning cash along the way. From the beginning, Solavei’s multi-level marketing approach drew criticism, sparking hundreds of comments on GeekWire…. Read More

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Missing from the Amazon Fire phone: A special voice or data plan from AT&T

Ahead of Amazon’s big phone unveiling today, reports had suggested that the smartphone could come with a special wireless plan called “Prime Data.” But any mention of a special rate plan was completely absent from today’s presentation in Seattle. Amazon boss Jeff Bezos described in detail how someone could navigate through services on the phone using… Read More

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Shares of Amazon jump nearly 3% after unveiling of new Fire Phone

Wall Street seems to like the Fire Phone, the Amazon.com smartphone that was announced today at an event in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Shares of Amazon.com jumped nearly $10 in trading this afternoon following the announcement of the device, which will begin shipping on July 25. The stock increased nearly three percent to $334, giving the… Read More

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No cross-town love from T-Mobile’s John Legere, who predicts the Amazon phone will fail on AT&T

T-Mobile’s John Legere still must be bitter from having to move his press conference to accommodate Amazon’s big unveiling, which was coincidentally planned for the same day in Seattle. It also doesn’t help that new leaks this morning say that the Amazon’s first smartphone will use AT&T as its exclusive wireless carrier (and not T-Mobile). Either way, Legere… Read More

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Nuance sale talks put valuable speech-recognition patent portfolio up for grabs

Nuance Communications, a company with deep expertise in speech-recognition industry, may be up for sale. The Burlington, Mass.-based company has been in talks with various suitors, including private equity firms and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal, which quoted people familiar with the deal. This is not the first time that the company has been a target, and… Read More

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Mayday button could broaden appeal of Amazon smartphone

The rumored 3D interface for Amazon’s expected smartphone may get the buzz later this week. But there is another potential killer feature for those tech-averse consumers. Eight months ago, Amazon launched the Kindle Fire HDX, and with it, the “Mayday” button, which allows users to connect to a live chat advisor who can help with whatever… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Amazon music, Lively shutdown, and the new world of tech design

We’ve got a lot to discuss on this week’s GeekWire radio show, starting with our thoughts on Amazon’s new Prime Music streaming service — the online retailer’s latest push into the world of digital media, and a prelude to its expected smartphone unveiling next week. As detailed in this review by GeekWire’s Blair Hanley Frank, the new service is a nice… Read More

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Nokia acquires mobile analytics company Medio for ‘Here’ location platform

Nokia today announced its acquisition of Medio Systems, a Seattle-based mobile predictive analytics startup. Nokia ‘Here‘ location platform — which is not part of Microsoft’s Nokia devices acquisition — will use Medio’s predictive technology to bolster its real-time maps and location services with personalized recommendations, dynamic routes and other features. “We are entering the age of what I call… Read More

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A T-Mobile and Sprint tie-up will look more pink than yellow

What do you get when you mix the third-and-fourth-largest wireless phone carriers together? You get a combined wireless carrier that serves about 100 million subscribers and a coverage area that nearly blankets the U.S. (It’s closest rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless are both nationwide and have 100 million subscribers apiece.) In the map below, provided by Mosaik… Read More

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Bootstrapping vacation rentals startup Dwellable raises $2M from Seattle angels

For years, Adam Doppelt refused to take venture capital financing, using a strict bootstrapping ethos to build companies such as restaurant locator Urbanspoon and tech talent identifier CubeDuel. “Just build little things, and then see what happens,” Doppelt told GeekWire in an interview nearly three years ago. Well, Doppelt’s latest “little” startup — the online… Read More