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Paul Allen donates $500K to gun law, joining Ballmer, Gates and others

First Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates, and Nick Hanauer showed their support for a new law that would require stricter background checks for gun sales in Washington. Now Paul Allen is joining the charge. The Microsoft co-founder has pitched in $500,000 to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a coalition that wants to require background checks for Washington residents who buy firearms at… Read More

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Not just Nokia: HTC One (M8) expands to Microsoft’s Windows Phone, exclusive to Verizon

HTC this morning confirmed that it will expand its flagship HTC One (M8) device to Windows Phone, marking an important step for Microsoft in the company’s attempt to create an ecosystem for Windows Phone beyond its own Nokia hardware platform. The device blends the worlds of Windows Phone and HTC, offering HTC features such as the BlinkFeed… Read More

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PlayFab raises $2.5M to help studios with back-end support for online gaming

PlayFab, a Seattle company that provides back-end support for game studios, today announced a $2.5 million seed round from angel investors like PopCap co-founder Jason Kapalka and IronPort co-founder Scott Banister. We noted the funding back in March, but now PlayFab has officially closed the round and named investors like Larry Bowman of Bowman Capital Management; Arena.net… Read More

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First Reddit app built for a console arrives on Xbox One

Microsoft announced this evening that a new app called ReddX will debut on Tuesday morning, giving Xbox One owners a way to scan Reddit threads on their TVs. ReddX lets Xbox Live members in North America read text on Reddit, post links, up/down vote content, in addition to viewing images, videos, and GIFs. The app can also enter “Snap… Read More

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Verizon tops rivals in new RootMetrics wireless report, but T-Mobile gains in cities

Verizon comes out ahead of rivals AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in nearly every category of performance — including reliability, data speeds and phone calls — in a new study of the U.S. wireless market by RootMetrics. However, the report says T-Mobile made noticeable improvements in larger cities, based on the wireless company’s ongoing investments in metro areas. According to the… Read More

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Where’s Apple? Tech icon’s absence stands out in Seattle

It has become common for big tech companies from Silicon Valley and San Francisco to open branch offices in the Seattle region, including Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Oracle, HP, and many others. In many cases, the offices are engineering centers, boosting the ability of each company to recruit developers in the region. So where the heck is Apple? That’s… Read More

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Microsoft Azure hit by “service interruption” affecting virtual machines, websites and more

Companies who rely on Microsoft Azure to power their online services are having a rough afternoon. A number of the services provided by Microsoft’s cloud platform are currently down in regions around the world. Users of the Virtual Machine, Cloud Services and Website products provided by Azure are the hardest hit by the outage, which… Read More

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Watch Steve Ballmer scream and go insane at Clippers rally

To say Steve Ballmer is excited to own the Los Angeles Clippers would be quite the understatement. The former Microsoft CEO spoke at a Clippers fan rally one week after he formally became the team’s new owner. He was introduced by head coach Doc Rivers and came out screaming, yelling, and high-fiving fans. “I can’t… Read More

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Washington Post adds Amazon ‘buy it now’ links to stories by accident

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post last year for $250 million, many questioned his motivations: Would the paper be used as a mouthpiece for his political viewpoints? Or, a testing ground for new media business models? Well, here’s another concern to add to the list: Will Bezos use the paper to drive sales to Amazon.com? This weekend… Read More

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The Amazing Book Race: We pitted Amazon vs. Google in a same-day delivery test, and this is who won

SAN FRANCISCO — At a time when it’s easier than ever to get what you want, when you want it, Amazon and Google are competing against each other and an array of startups to be the go-to service for people who want products delivered on the same day they’re ordered. Amazon has begun offering same-day delivery of products from its… Read More

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Algorithmia raises $2.4M from Madrona and others to create marketplace for algorithms

Algorithmia, a Seattle-based startup that wants to build a marketplace for algorithms, has raised $2.4 million in a round of seed funding led by Madrona Venture Group. Others participating include Rakuten Ventures, Deep Fork Capital and a group of angel investors including former University of Washington computer science professor and Farecast founder Oren Etzioni and… Read More

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Amazon and Google wrestle over corporate secrets in cloud employment dispute

Google is seeking to formally intervene in a lawsuit filed by Amazon against a former Amazon Web Services employee who left the Seattle company and took a job with Google’s cloud computing division. The move by Google is revealed in a new filing in King County Superior Court in Seattle. By intervening in the case, Google says it wants to limit what it describes… Read More

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Amazon’s e-book woes jump the pond, with European authors protesting its pricing tactics

Hundreds of writers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are protesting Amazon’s e-book pricing tactics in a fight that’s becoming reminiscent of the one Amazon is having with Hachette in the U.S. In an open letter set to appear in major European publications today, hundreds of writers, artists and readers have accused Amazon of manipulating its recommended reading… Read More

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Let’s say you’ve got $100 to invest: AMZN or MSFT?

This past week, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at the big Rotary Club of Seattle, talking about the Pacific Northwest tech economy with a group of leading investors and entrepreneurs. We talked about a wide range of issues — hiring, education, the tech investment climate, key startups to watch, and the direction of… Read More

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Makerhaus geek workshop closing in Seattle

Makerhaus, a 10,000 square foot space in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood that caters to electronics, 3D printing, CAD design and other geek enthusiasts, is closing its doors on Sept. 16th just 18 months after opening. “It has truly been an amazing journey and the impact that Makerhaus has had will continue to be felt for years… Read More

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Consumer Reports dings Amazon’s Fire phone on its UI, battery life

Consumer Reports has finished subjecting Amazon’s Fire smartphone to its litany of tests, and has found it wanting. While CR praised the Fire’s new and innovative features like its Dynamic Perspective 3D effect, it said that the Fire’s user interface quirks took some getting used to. In particular, reviewers faulted the phone’s back gesture, which… Read More

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Sen. Wyden: Congress needs to reform old privacy laws to ‘reflect public expectation’

Whether it’s a Facebook message you send or important information stored in a Google Doc, Ron Wyden thinks Americans deserve more individual privacy rights. The U.S. senator spoke at the TechFestNW event in Portland on Friday and explained why outdated privacy laws need to be changed in order to “reflect both the constitution and public expectations.” Wyden, a… Read More

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Digitally clueless: Why I finally canceled the Seattle Times

Dear Seattle Times executives, I’m writing you in the traditional letter-to-the-editor format because it’s one with which I’m certain you’re familiar. After all, you recently used it in your “Dear Seattle Times subscribers” summer e-newsletter. I’m also uncertain, based on the experiences I’m about to describe, if you’d understand anything more than an electronic replica… Read More

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Video: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

OK, this whole Ice Bucket Challenge is destined to go down as one of the most successful viral campaigns in history, raising awareness and money for ALS. The latest luminary to brave a frigid dousing is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who accepted the challenge from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Bezos did the deed at an all-hands Amazon meeting in Seattle… Read More