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Facebook Messenger app passes 200M users, Zuckerberg focused on ‘private content’

After Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in February, it was clear that the social media giant saw potential on the messaging space. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke about that strategy today during the company’s first quarter earnings call when asked about building out Facebook’s communication ecosystem. Zuckerberg noted that Facebook has historically focused on friends and public content,… Read More

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Zynga beats Q1 expectations with $168 million in revenue, driven by mobile improvements

For the first time, Zynga said more people are playing its games on phones than they are computers, indicating that the social-gaming leader has started to make progress on becoming a mobile-first company. In the first quarter, the San Francisco company lost $61.2 million, or 7 cents a share, on revenues of $168 million to beat analyst expectations of $148… Read More

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Apple smashes estimates with revenue of $45.6 billion, earnings of $11.62 per share

Apple reported today that it brought in $45.6 billion in revenue during the second quarter of its fiscal year, up more than 4.5 percent year-over-year. That beat analyst expectations of $43.6 billion in quarterly revenue, which is a positive sign for the company. The company beat expectations with earnings of $11.62 per share, up more than 15… Read More

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Facebook beats Q1 expectations with $2.5B in revenue; CFO resigning

Facebook beat Wall Street’s expectations today with a Q1 revenue of $2.5 billion and an $0.34 EPS. The company also announced that CFO David Ebersman will be stepping down in June. Analysts predicted revenue somewhere between $2.36 and $2.4 billion — with EPS at about $0.24 — and Facebook certainly exceeded that, with Q1 revenue increasing 72 percent… Read More

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Zynga shuffles the decks: Xbox’s Alex Garden named president of studios; Pincus steps down from product role

As part of the game company’s first-quarter earnings, Zynga has made a number of executive-level changes, hinting that it needs to do even more before it can complete a full turnaround. Starting at the very top, Founder Mark Pincus will no longer serve in an operational role, and will step down as chief product officer. He… Read More

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Amazon is paying big bucks for those HBO exclusives

Reaction to Amazon’s content deal with HBO this morning was decisive: Neftlix just lost. Amazon gains three things from the deal: It sets itself apart from the streaming-video leader; gives customers a reason to continue paying $99 for its Prime program; and maybe provides additional incentive to buy its devices. Up until now, Netflix has enjoyed having a much… Read More

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Microsoft hopes to move students away from Google with ad-free version of Bing

Microsoft has rolled out a custom Bing search engine for schools, allowing administrators to enable an ad-free version of Bing with privacy controls and filters that block adult content. Microsoft first debuted this program in August — back then it was called “Bing for Schools” — to 4.5 million students in a select number of schools, but now is… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Hire of the Year

Talent is the name of the game in the tech industry. And that’s why today’s category in the GeekWire Awards voting — Hire of the Year — is such a critical one. These companies and organizations picked up leading technologists, investors or executives in their quest to do something extra special. Last year’s winner of… Read More

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Another first for Satya: Microsoft CEO will make case to Wall Street on earnings call

He’s in his honeymoon period as Microsoft CEO, but can Satya Nadella win over Wall Street? The company’s new leader will take part in Microsoft’s quarterly earnings conference call for the first time on Thursday afternoon — giving him an opportunity to start making his case to an audience that his predecessor struggled to win over. With Microsoft’s stock price… Read More

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Bing Don’t Lie: Microsoft algorithm accurately predicts outcome of ‘The Voice’

So far, so good for Microsoft’s foray into pop-culture predictions. By crunching data from social networks and the company’s Bing search engine, Microsoft was able to correctly predict the two contestants eliminated from “The Voice” on Tuesday night. Sorry, Dani Moz and TJ Wilkins, but the algorithm was right. Maybe that’s what Shakira was pissed about. Microsoft had originally predicted that… Read More

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Whole Foods is turning overripe produce into fertilizer with this geeky machine

Just when you thought Whole Foods couldn’t get any more green, well, now the organic grocery store is. The Austin-based market announced today that its Bellevue, Wash. location will soon begin converting food scraps into organic fertilizer that can be sold to farmers and consumers. The process is made possible by Redmond-based WISErg, which has built a geeky machine called the “Harvester.” WISErg… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Gadget of the Year

An iPad-enabled microscope camera. A sensor that can detect water leaks in homes. A camera lens for mobile phones. These are just a few of the sweet devices up for our GeekWire Awards Gadget of the Year category, which features some of the most impressive pieces of hardware that entrepreneurs in this region have built. As… Read More

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Analysts project flat March quarter financials from Apple

Apple is going to announce its quarterly earnings tomorrow, and investors are skeptically watching the company to see what’s new. Last quarter, Apple’s stock fell following its earnings release after the company announced guidance for this quarter that showed a year-over-year revenue decline, in part because of some changes in accounting practices. But while the drop… Read More

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Kids activity Web site Sigby shuts doors; Tohula fades away too

Seattle-based Sigby is saying sayonara — just fifteen months after the company raised $1.2 million in cash from WRF Capital, Clear Fir and Trilogy Equity Partners. “Thanks for coming on the adventure with us, but Sigby is closing its doors,” says a message on the company’s Web site. Founded by former venture capitalist Katie Thompson, Sigby created a… Read More

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Placester closes $5.5M round for yet another online real estate idea

Here’s another spin on bringing the real estate industry online that could enable any agent to compete directly with the likes of Zillow or Redfin. Boston-based Placester announced today it has raised $5.5 million in capital to create a publishing platform that offers consumer search, real estate inventory info and related ad products. The company’s founder, Matt Barba, who was a… Read More

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Apple smashes a few bugs with new iOS 7.1.1 update

Apple launched a new update for users of iOS devices today that’s designed to squash a few bugs still lingering in the company’s mobile operating system. iOS 7.1.1 includes more improvements to the Touch ID fingerprint recognition system in the iPhone 5s, so people who want to unlock their phone with a fingertip can do… Read More

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Startup advice: CEO shares lessons in company culture, employee morale with free book

When you travel to 15 countries and interview entrepreneurs about their advice on management, culture and leadership, you’re bound to come away with some useful insight. That’s exactly what TINYhr CEO David Niu did two years ago, buying a one-way ticket to New Zealand with his wife and 10-month old daughter. Not only did the six-month trip… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for the Next Tech Titan

We’re back with another category in the GeekWire Awards, and today is a biggie. Next Tech Titan recognizes the company that’s on the brink of stardom, a fast-growing enterprise that could knock off a traditional powerhouse or dominate (or change) an industry altogether. Past winners of the this award have included Tableau Software and Zulily… Read More