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Marketing automation startup Act-On raises $42M, sets sights on IPO

In one of the bigger tech-related fundraising rounds that the Portland area has seen over the past year, Beaverton, Ore.-based marketing automation software company Act-On today announced $42 million in new financing. Act-On builds cloud-based software that helps businesses of all sizes manage their marketing efforts across various categories from e-mails to analytics to SEO. Today’s… Read More

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Court denies Move’s motion to block new Zillow employee

A King County Superior Court Judge has denied a motion by Move Inc. to block the employment of Errol Samuelson at Zillow, a legal case that’s drawn interest given the bitter undertones between the two online real estate rivals. Judge Barbara Linde ruled Monday that Move Inc., which operates Realtor.com, did not prove that Samuelson… Read More

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Google to buy solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace

Google has reached an agreement to acquire Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based company that builds solar-powered drones, according to a statement from Google emailed to GeekWire. Titan builds a pair of drones, named the Solara 50 and the Solara 60, that use solar panels and batteries to stay aloft without needing to recharge. The company… Read More

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Tech Moves: Amazon exec leaves for Square, Edifecs expands leadership team, and more

—Alyssa Henry has joined Square as its head of Engineering, the company announced today. Prior to her work at the payments company, which is helmed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Henry served in a number of engineering leadership roles at Amazon, and was most recently the Vice President of Amazon Web Services Storage Services. Prior to that,… Read More

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Angry Uber drivers complain about company: ‘We’re treated a little better than slaves’

Uber, the fast-growing San Francisco app-based transportation startup, has another problem to deal with in Seattle: Angry drivers who say they’re being treated like slaves. Former and current Uber drivers gathered on Sunday afternoon to discus what they call “unjust working conditions.” They met to talk about a possible union and address concerns about Uber’s… Read More

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Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview

Windows Phone developers can now install the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system on their personal devices. The company announced today that Windows Phone 8.1 is available through the Windows Phone Preview program, so devs can get a head start on building apps for the new update, which will be rolling out to consumers… Read More

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No Bitcoin for Amazon: Online retail giant says it’s not seeing enough demand

Overstock.com has made a big fuss about accepting the digital currency to the point where you’d expect other major online retailers to follow suit, but Amazon says it won’t be one of them. In an interview with Re/code’s Jason del Rey, Amazon payments head Tom Taylor said they’ve considered accepting bitcoin, but there’s no rush. “We’re… Read More

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Julep raises $30M in oversubscribed round, looks to build big beauty brand

With revenues more than tripling last year and new beauty products in the works, Seattle cosmetics and e-commerce powerhouse Julep has raised $30 million in fresh funding. Azure Capital, Madrona Venture Group and Altimeter Capital participated in the round, joining existing investors Maveron and Andreessen Horowitz. Total funding in Julep — founded seven years ago… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: A glimpse of ‘projected augmented reality’ with Technical Illusions

You’ve heard about augmented reality and virtual reality, with all the buzz about Google Glass, Oculus Rift, and other technologies designed to enhance and replace the world around us. But what about projected augmented reality? Our guest on this week’s GeekWire radio show is software engineer Rick Johnson, one of the co-founders of a Seattle-area… Read More

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Seattle’s ride-sharing rules headed for city-wide vote — with one potential roadblock

The fate of app-based transportation companies like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar may soon be decided by the people of Seattle. A coalition group that is collecting petition signatures to suspend a newly-passed ordinance regulating those companies tells GeekWire that it expects to easily surpass the number of signatures required for a city-wide vote. “We’re very pleased with how… Read More

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Portland’s public transit mobile ticketing app sees 1M purchases in 8 months

So far, so good for Portland’s public transit mobile ticketing app. TriMet, Oregon’s largest provider of bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services, announced Thursday that riders have purchased more than 1 million tickets using its mobile ticketing app since it debuted this past September. More than 80,000 people have downloaded the app, which was built by Portland-based GlobeSherpa and eliminates… Read More