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Mike McSherry departs Nuance three years after selling Swype for $100 million

Mike McSherry, a Seattle start-up veteran, has left Nuance Communications nearly three years after the company purchased Swype, GeekWire has learned. Swype is famous for building a mobile keyboard that allows you to type on touchscreens by tracing your finger along the glass. The technology rose in popularity right as phones with physical keyboards were going out of style. The Seattle-based start-up… Read More

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AT&T’s $48.5 billion DirecTV deal boosts chances of Sprint combining with T-Mobile

AT&T’s deal to acquire DirecTV for $48.5 billion will significantly expand AT&T’s reach, adding more than 38 million digital TV customers and allowing the combined company to offer even larger bundles of services, spanning broadband, video and wireless. Coupled with Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, the new deal could also lead to further consolidation in the industry, making… Read More

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Nuance responds to privacy concerns over its Swype keyboard having too much location data

Nuance is responding to privacy concerns today after customers complained that its Swype keyboard application was accessing their whereabouts excessively. In one case, a customer said his or her information was accessed nearly 4,000 times a day. While the post on the company’s forum is old, it was thrust into the spotlight this morning after it was posted on Y… Read More

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Android widens lead in U.S. smartphone market as BlackBerry continues to slip

After the buying extravaganza that took place over the holidays, the U.S. smartphone market has largely reached a quiet equilibrium while customers waited for manufacturers to release new phones. According to new results from ComScore, the market share of major players in the smartphone wars has remained largely unchanged from December through March. Android rose to… Read More

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T-Mobile adds another 2.4M customers in record quarter, within shouting distance of Sprint

T-Mobile added a net total of 2.4 million customers in the first quarter — the biggest growth in its history — including record expansion of 1.3 million customers in the coveted category of branded postpaid accounts. The continued growth takes the Bellevue-based wireless company to more than 49 million customers overall, up from 34 million a year ago. T-Mobile is… Read More

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F8: Facebook ties together mobile apps with new App Links service

SAN FRANCISCO – A new service from Facebook aims to make it easier for developers to create links between different mobile apps, allowing their users to switch more seamlessly from one app to another and back again. Called App Links, the an open source, cross-platform service was introduced at Facebook’s F8 conference today by Ilya Sukhar, the former CEO of… Read More

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Sprint loses 467K subscribers as T-Mobile CEO gloats

Sprint may have posted better-than-expected first quarter earnings today, but the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier is losing customers at an increasing clip. Sprint reported a loss of $151 million (4 cents per share) in Q1 2014, which beat Wall Street’s expectations and was far lower than its $643 million loss at this time last year…. Read More

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It’s official: Microsoft is a smartphone maker, as $7B Nokia aquisition closes

Microsoft this morning completed its purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business for more than $7 billion, bringing aboard another 25,000 employees and transforming itself into a smartphone maker overnight. The deal, announced under the tenure of previous Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, will provide his successor Satya Nadella with perhaps his most significant challenge as he settles… Read More

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Dashwire founder Ford Davidson leaving HTC, kicks around new startup idea

Seattle entrepreneur Ford Davidson is leaving HTC nearly three years after selling startup company Dashwire to the smartphone maker. “HTC recently launched the new HTC One m8, which is amazing, and our team on the software/service experience side, is rocking, so timing is good for me to get back to entrepreneurship,” Davidson tells GeekWire. His last… Read More

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Nokia smartphone business to be called ‘Microsoft Mobile’ after $7.2B deal closes

“Microsoft Mobile” — that’s a name you might hear more often once Microsoft’s $7.2 billion deal to acquire Nokia’s Devices and Services business officially closes on Friday. In a letter obtained by NokiaPowerUser that was reportedly sent from Nokia to its suppliers, Microsoft will change the “Nokia” name to “Microsoft Mobile,” at least for behind-the-scenes legal documentation, and… Read More

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Apple, Google — and now Amazon — offer game publishers top app store placement for exclusivity

Video game publishers are no strangers to signing exclusive deals with platforms, and now that practice is becoming apparent in the mobile gaming industry. A Wall Street Journal report this morning notes that Apple and Google are now offering mobile game publishers highly-coveted placement within their app stores in exchange for exclusivity. As a classic example, WSJ notes… Read More

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Facebook’s new ‘Nearby Friends’ feature aims to help users connect in real life

Facebook is rolling out a “Nearby Friends” feature to its mobile app, aiming to help users get together with people they know. When two friends who both have the feature enabled come into range with one another, they’ll get a push notification that says they’re in the area. Don’t worry, it’s optional, and opt-in. The feature… Read More

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New data: T-Mobile leads Q1 subscriber growth in U.S.

It seems like T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” moves are continuing to work. According to a report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, T-Mobile saw the greatest subscriber growth out of any U.S. carrier during the first quarter of 2014. The Bellevue-based carrier has been working hard to woo new subscribers with a number of competitive moves, and announced in… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for App of the Year

Marijuana, music, a secure Internet connection and the iPad. What more could a person want? OK, that’s a stretch, but those do represent some of the top trends in technology and our broader culture over the past year, and they’re also well-represented among the finalists for App of the Year in the GeekWire Awards: Leafly, Cloak… Read More