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Valve boss Gabe Newell interviewed by ESPN: ‘The Internet is changing what sports is’

Gabe Newell has sat through thousands of interviews. His conversation that aired nationally on Sunday evening, though, was particularly unique. Newell, CEO and co-founder of Bellevue-based gaming company Valve, had an interview broadcasted to millions of people on ESPN2 as part of a 30-minute show about the massive Dota 2 tournament happening at Seattle’s Key Arena. Newell… Read More

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Facebook, you are dead to me … for now

Friends, and you are my “friends:” I’m giving up on Facebook. No more status updates, no more vacation photos, no more links to interesting columns (even those I haven’t written). While I’ll leave what I’ve posted over the past eight years up for now, I will no longer participate in what has become a time-wasting farce. Why?… Read More

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Sounders star Clint Dempsey joins Lionel Messi on cover of EA Sports FIFA 15

First, Richard Sherman. Now, Clint Dempsey. There’s just something about Seattle’s sports stars appearing on the newest video game covers. EA Sports announced today that Sounders FC and U.S. men’s national team star forward Clint Dempsey will join Lionel Messi on the cover of FIFA 15. The Sounders are playing an international friendly this afternoon against… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: ‘The Amazon Way’ — former insider explains how the company works

What makes Amazon tick, and where is the company headed? This week on the GeekWire radio show, we go behind-the-scenes of the technology giant with our guest, John Rossman, author of the book, The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles Behind the World’s Most Disruptive Company. Rossman, who is now a managing director at management consulting firm Alvarez… Read More

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How’s that search alliance working out? Yahoo’s U.S. search share hits all-time low as Microsoft Bing grows

Yahoo just can’t catch a break. ComScore’s new U.S. search market share numbers for June will show that the company’s piece of the market has shrunk to what one analyst calls an all-time low, according to a report by Search Engine Land. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company had 9.8 percent of the search market last month, which puts… Read More

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PayRange raises $2.6M for vending-machine payment technology, names ex-Google Payments boss as director

PayRange, a Portland-based startup that allows vending machines to accept mobile payments, has raised a $2.6 million funding round. The company wouldn’t comment on the funding. The SEC filing notes that former Google Payments head and Google Wallet vice president Osama Bedier is listed as a director at PayRange. Beider left the Google Wallet team in May 2013…. Read More

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Internal memo: Microsoft to cut off all ‘external staff’ after 18 months, imposing mandatory 6-month break

An internal Microsoft memo, distributed earlier today, outlines new restrictions on the company’s use of “external staff” — including a new limit on people who work on projects for Microsoft through vendors. All contingent workers will be prevented from accessing Microsoft’s buildings and network for a period of six months after every 18-month period in which they perform work for the company, according to the memo. Perhaps most notably,… Read More

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Nadella earns high marks from Microsoft employees, outpacing Ballmer, prior to this week’s job cuts

The psychological impact of Microsoft’s job cuts is still rippling through the company’s workforce, but CEO Satya Nadella has the advantage of a very high approval ratings from employees prior to the cuts. Numbers provided to GeekWire by the Glassdoor employment review and ratings site put Nadella’s cumulative approval rating at 88 percent. That’s well above the average CEO approval… Read More

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Xbox One August update includes mobile purchasing, new social features, low battery notifications

Microsoft is rolling out another update for Xbox One owners beginning next week, and gamers will see several new additional features on their console. Here’s a rundown of some of the new updates: Mobile purchasing: You’ll be able to buy games remotely on a mobile device using Xbox SmartGlass or Xbox.com, and have them automatically… Read More

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Nokia’s MixRadio streaming service hopes to spin off from Microsoft amid layoffs

Nokia’s MixRadio music streaming service is aiming to spin off from Microsoft as a part of the layoffs the company announced yesterday. The service will still be pre-loaded onto Windows Phone handsets, but a successfully spun off MixRadio would also have the ability to make apps for other platforms, including Android and iOS, according to a… Read More

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Tech Moves: Gates Foundation CFO steps down; Urban Airship hires new execs after CEO leaves; and more

— Two top execs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are stepping down: Dick Henriques is leaving the organization after four years as CFO, while Martha Choe is moving on after spending ten years with the foundation. Henriques is credited with helping better manage grants and improving the foundation’s financial systems. He’ll be replaced by… Read More

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Uber gives away free ice cream to Oregonians while Portland still not allowing service to operate

In what’s become somewhat of a tradition, Uber is delivering ice cream to people in 38 countries around the world today. Most customers will have to pony up a few bucks for their sweet treats. However, a close look at the list of 144 cities featured in the promotion — a huge spike from the 33 cities included last year — reveals… Read More

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Alibaba opening Seattle-area outpost, recruiting developers and expanding U.S. presence as IPO nears

Chinese e-commerce and technology giant Alibaba is recruiting for Seattle-based engineering jobs, signaling plans to open a new outpost in Amazon’s backyard in advance of Alibaba’s initial public offering. Recent email messages from the Entrepreneurs & Experts in Seattle group, Alibaba’s strategic partner in the Seattle region, list a series of job openings for mobile engineering positions — offering… Read More

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It’s official: Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited, $9.99/month e-book subscription service

After an inadvertent leak earlier in the week, Amazon today launched a new e-book subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, offering unlimited reading from a catalog of more than 600,000 books for $9.99/month. It’s a new wrinkle for the Kindle business, and the latest move by Amazon to shake up the traditional publishing industry. The books in the catalog include… Read More

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Venture capital investments surge 73% in the Pacific NW

Cash was flowing to startup companies during the second quarter in the Pacific Northwest as venture capitalists pumped $410 million into 40 deals, including fast-growing companies such as ExtraHop Networks, Puppet Labs, Igneous Systems, Smartsheet.com and Avvo. That was a 73 percent uptick from the same period last year in which venture capitalists invested $237… Read More

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Mobile marketing startup HasOffers rebrands to Tune

One of Seattle’s fastest-growing startup companies has a new name. HasOffers announced today that it’s taking on the new corporate moniker of Tune. The company will continue to operate HasOffers and MobileAppTracking as products of Tune. The announcement was made today at the company’s Postback Conference in Seattle. “We’ve known for a couple of years… Read More