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Roll the credits: T-Mobile’s John Legere named executive producer of “Love Child,” a film coming soon to a screen near you

Is there anything that this CEO can’t do? T-Mobile’s John Legere generally has his hands full trying to revive the Bellevue-based carrier, but here’s something else he can add to his resume: Executive Producer. We noticed recently that Legere’s name popped on the credits for “Love Child,” a film currently being pushed nationwide through various film festivals and… Read More

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Xbox One sales double, one month after $100 price cut

Offering up a cheaper Xbox One is helping Microsoft sell quite a bit more consoles. The company announced today that since it began selling a $399 version of the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor on June 9 — a $100 price cut from the Xbox One with Kinect — sales doubled in one month. We’ll have more… Read More

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Major Microsoft job cuts expected on Thursday

Microsoft will announce layoffs on Thursday that “substantially exceed” the largest job cuts in the company’s history, according to a New York Times report this afternoon, citing unnamed people who have been briefed on the company’s plan. Clues cited by the newspaper include tell-tale conference room reservations by human resource managers, which is traditionally the… Read More

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Cray to provide XC30 supercomputers in India

Cray announced today that it will provide the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research in Mumbai with one of its XC30 supercomputers – the first of its kind in India. The system will be used by a nationwide group of scientists known as the Indian Lattice Gauge Theory Initiative, which is researching a form of matter… Read More

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Yahoo exec countersues for defamation in sexual harassment case

One week after being sued for sexual harassment by a female employee, Yahoo executive and former Seattle startup CEO Maria Zhang has filed a counter-claim against the plaintiff. Zhang, who joined Yahoo as a senior mobile engineering director when it acquired her company, Alike, claims that allegations made by her former colleague Nan Shi are not true. “Making such… Read More

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Can a wristband prevent sexual assault? UW concept brings sensors to the party

You’re at a club, dancing to a great DJ, and suddenly your wristband vibrates, signaling that one of your friends hasn’t responded to her wristband’s attempt to make sure she’s still conscious and in control. So you search the club and find your friend, extracting her from a potentially dangerous situation. That’s one of the core features of Vive,… Read More

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Washington unemployment rate drops to 5.8%, lowest in 6 years

Washington’s unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent last month, the lowest mark in six years. The state’s Employment Security Department today announced that job growth in Washington grew in June by 9,100 jobs. “After a hiring lull in May, Washington employers really picked up the pace in June,” Paul Turek, an Employment Security labor economist…. Read More

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Zillow makes 8th acquisition, swoops up real estate data startup Retsly

Zillow today announced that it has acquired Retsly, a year-old Vancouver, B.C.-based startup that normalizes MLS data to help developers build real estate products and applications for brokers, agents, franchisors and MLSs. Retsly, a graduate of the GrowLab accelerator that had previously raised $540,000, offers a real-time API and open source SDK for integrating MLS data into real estate… Read More

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Double Down’s parent IGT sells to Italian lottery operator for $4.7 billion

U.S. slot-maker International Game Technology, which owns Seattle’s Double Down Interactive, has been sold to an Italian lottery operator Gtech for $4.7 billion in cash and stock. For the past month, it was known that IGT had been exploring a possible sale following the disclosure earlier this year that it was facing financial troubles. Gtech will pay… Read More

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GeekWire Summit sneak peek: Mossberg, Swisher, Walmart, Zulily and more

We’re excited to officially announce the third annual GeekWire Summit, and provide some early details about the content and speakers we’re lining up for this new installment of our signature tech conference, set for Oct. 2 in downtown Seattle. The GeekWire Summit, presented by title sponsor CenturyLink, brings together top CEOs, business leaders, developers, marketers and many others from the Pacific Northwest and around the country… Read More

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Video: Air show cracks down on stunts after Boeing Dreamliner performs wicked touch-and-go maneuver

Boeing was being a little too badass this week at the Farnborough Air Show. Boeing pilots performed a difficult maneuver on Monday, landing its 787-9 Dreamliner jet on a runway before quickly taking off again seconds later during what’s called a touch-and-go. You can watch it here, starting at the 1:10 mark. But the next day, Air Show authorities said that the… Read More

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Amazon Sunday delivery: Key facts to know as USPS rolls out service nationally

The U.S. Postal Service is known for working through rain, sleet and snow, but not on Sundays or holidays, right? That is changing, quickly, through a deal with Amazon. In many parts of the country, products ordered from Amazon now arrive at your home seven days a week, year-round. As GeekWire reported last week, the rollout is expanding nationally even faster than… Read More

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Amazon tests ‘Kindle Unlimited’ — a $9.99/month e-book subscription service

Amazon has inadvertently revealed plans for a major new addition to its Kindle business — a monthly subscription for e-books. As spotted by GigaOM this morning, Amazon put up a page that introduced a subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited,” which offers access to more than 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for $9.99 month. Amazon has… Read More

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Ex-Amazon engineers raise $8.5M to help retailers set dynamic pricing

Boomerang Commerce, a Santa Clara, Calif. startup led by former Amazon.com engineers Guru Hariharan and Madhusudhan Rao, has raised $8.5 million in series A financing from Trinity Ventures and Madrona Venture Group. The company also is officially unveiling its first product today, a new Dynamic Price Optimizer that’s designed to help online retailers dynamically set… Read More

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Cortana can turn off the lights: Insteon home automation app to integrate with Microsoft’s assistant

One of the features of Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant in Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability to integrate the technology into third-party apps, and the home automation company Insteon provided an early example this morning — saying that users of its Windows Phone app will be able to speak to Cortana to dim the lights and adjust the temperature,… Read More

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Valant raises $11M to develop software for behavioral health practitioners

Valant Medical Solutions, a Seattle startup that develops software to help behavioral health practitioners manage billing and electronic medical records at their offices, today announced a $11 million round that will allow the Seattle startup to further develop its product line while also hiring more than 20 new employees. Founded in 2005 by brothers David Lischner, a psychiatrist who… Read More

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Realogy buying ZipRealty for $166 million, a valuation that could give Redfin pause

Realogy Holdings, which operates brands such as Coldwell Banker, Century 21, ERA and Sotheby’s International, is adding another one to its lineup. Madison, New Jersey-based Realogy today announced that it has entered into an agreement to buy publicly-traded ZipRealty for $6.75 per share in an all-cash deal valued at $166 million. “The acquisition of ZipRealty… Read More

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Inrix partners with Re/max to help homebuyers calculate driving commute times

Seattle-based traffic intelligence company Inrix has teamed up with Re/max to provide prospective homebuyers with information about how long it will take them to commute to work with Inrix’s Drive Time service. Today, more than 50,000 Re/max agent and brokerage websites will feature Drive Time metrics that allow buyers to show how long it will take to… Read More

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Paul Allen-backed A.R.O. ceasing operations, cutting jobs, but says products will live on

Hours after unveiling its latest app, Seattle startup A.R.O. Inc. announced a “substantial restructuring of its workforce” today — ceasing standalone operations and making what a spokesperson described as a “100% reduction in force.” An unspecified number of A.R.O’s employees have been hired by Paul Allen’s company Vulcan, which was A.R.O.’s partner and primary investor. Those who do make the jump to… Read More

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Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally joins Google’s board

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally has joined Google’s Board of Directors just a few weeks after retiring from the car giant earlier this month. Mulally was president and CEO of Ford Motor Co. for the past eight years. The 68-year-old was also a top candidate to succeed Steve Ballmer as Microsoft’s CEO before Satya Nadella was hired… Read More