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Meet the 10 startups in Microsoft’s new Internet of Things and home automation accelerator

In June, Microsoft announced a new startup accelerator focused on companies building gadgets, devices and software for the connected home and Internet of Things. Now, we’re getting a closer look at the 10 companies Microsoft has picked to participate in the program, which begins this fall in Redmond. “We share the belief that over time… Read More

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Amazon unveils credit card reader, takes swipe at Square

Continuing its quest to dominate nearly every corner of the retail experience, Amazon.com today unveiled a new $10 credit card reading device called Amazon Local Register. The card reader and mobile app represents a direct attack on Square, since Amazon is launching with a rate of 1.75 percent per card swipe. That’s a full percentage… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: PayRange announces $2.7M round from PayPal co-founder, ex-Google Payments boss

PayRange, a startup that allows vending machines to receive smartphone payments, today confirmed a $2.75 million round and announced notable investors like former Google Payments head Osama Bedier and PayPal co-founder Max Levchin. We noted the fresh funding last month, but now the Portland-based company has revealed its investors, which include people like Bedier, Levchin, former Visa… Read More

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Bungie unveils Destiny’s competitive multiplayer modes, release date for first expansion

As a part of Sony’s press conference at Gamescom today, Bungie unveiled some new details about content for “Destiny,” its forthcoming first-person shooter. First off, the company released a new trailer showing off the different Crucible competitive multiplayer modes that players will be able to try out, including a number of takes on standard FPS… Read More

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More layoffs at RealNetworks as 85 employees receive pink slips

Rob Glaser is not wasting any time cleaning house. Two weeks after the company reappointed the founder as CEO, it said today it has trimmed its workforce by 10 percent. RealNetworks said it cut 85 positions worldwide today, leaving it with roughly 765 employees. The Seattle-based digital media pioneer did not provide a lot of details about what positions or divisions were being eliminated, other… Read More

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Candy Crushed: King’s shares fall 22 percent after Q2 sales disappoint

King Digital Entertainment, the game maker behind the massively popular mobile game Candy Crush Saga, is getting destroyed in after-hours trading today after reporting disappointing second-quarter results. The stock is down roughly 22 percent, or $3.98 a share, to trade at $14.18 a share (well below its IPO price of $22.50). The London-based company said it earned 59 cents in adjusted… Read More

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Interview: White House forms strike force of top geeks for tough tech projects

A newly formed federal team called the U.S. Digital Service will help governmental agencies learn from the way modern tech companies develop, roll out and run large technology projects. The initiative was announced this week in Washington, D.C., by Steven VanRoekel, the U.S. chief information officer, who worked for many years at Microsoft, including a stint as Bill Gates’ strategy… Read More

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Scarecrow Video raising $100K on Kickstarter to preserve world’s largest archive of movies

It’s no secret that the rise of digital content has put physical movie rental stores like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video out of business. The folks over at Seattle’s famous independent Scarecrow Video joint have felt the digital impact on its bottom line as well, but now employees may have a solution that will allow the legendary 26-year-old store to keep its doors… Read More

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Ballmer on $2B Clippers purchase: ‘It’s not the craziest thing I’ve ever acquired’

Compared to past NBA deals, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise — which became official today — is not only record-breaking, but also quite excessive. The previous NBA team to be sold was the Milwaukee Bucks, which went for $550 million in April. But Ballmer defended the price tag… Read More

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Charting the ‘Hype Cycle’: Internet of Things, Wearables, 3D Printing at the ‘peak of inflated expectations’

Here at GeekWire we spend a lot of time covering cool innovations, but even we get tired of the hype that sometimes builds up around certain technologies. Stop me before I say the words “hybrid cloud computing” or “gamification.” Now, thanks to Gartner, we can see what technologies are nearing the apex of the hype… Read More

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Get ready for video ads in Twitter

As a part of its ongoing quest to monetize its social networking service, Twitter announced Tuesday that it’s rolling out Promoted Video advertising for companies that want to get a clip in front of more users. Companies will now be able to pay Twitter for the ability to promote tweets that feature video content like previews… Read More

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It’s official: Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer now owns the Los Angeles Clippers, pledges to be ‘hardcore’

Steve Ballmer can now update his resume with quite the job title: Los Angeles Clippers owner. The NBA announced today that the former Microsoft CEO has officially become the new owner of the Clippers after purchasing the team for a record-breaking $2 billion. Last month, a judge paved the way for Ballmer’s purchase after he ruled against… Read More

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Sony has sold 10M PlayStation 4 consoles in 9 months

Nine months since debuting its PlayStation 4 console on Nov. 15, Sony has sold 10 million units to consumers worldwide. The gaming giant just announced the updated statistic at Gamescom 2014. Sony revealed in February that it had sold 5.3 million consoles, so the company has sold nearly double that in the past six months. Sony has outpaced… Read More

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Windows Phone’s enterprise pitch falls flat; iOS remains top dog for big business

One of Windows Phone’s advantages over other mobile operating systems is Microsoft’s enterprise software pedigree. The company has been pushing its smartphones as products for businesses that need to manage a large fleet of devices. But according to Good Technology’s Mobility Index Report, Microsoft hasn’t been making any headway in its attempt to draw enterprise… Read More

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Steve Ballmer pours in $600K for initiative that ensures background checks for gun sales

Steve and Connie Ballmer want the state of Washington to enforce stricter gun-buying laws, and they’re putting up some dough in order to make it happen. The former Microsoft CEO and his wife have poured in nearly $600,000 to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a coalition that wants to require background checks for Washington residents who buy… Read More

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Dis-Kinected: Xbox unveils three big holiday bundles, none with motion controller

If it’s true that videogames drive sales of consoles, then Microsoft is leaning heavily on that strategy by unveiling three new bundles today at Gamescom in Germany. While the idea of bundles is not new, Microsoft said this year’s options are “unparalleled,” and Xbox Head Phil Spencer added that they are excited “to offer fans more choice than ever… Read More

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Maveron bankrolls edgy girls apparel retailer Dolls Kill, an online boutique for ‘Misfits & Miss legits’

Maveron has helped jumpstart some well known retail brands, from sandwich maker Potbelly to flash sales site Zulily to online marketplace eBay to cosmetics startup Julep. Now, the Seattle venture capital firm, founded by former investment banker Dan Levitan and Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz, is making one of its boldest bets yet. The firm is… Read More

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Lyft says Uber employees tricked its drivers, canceled more than 5K rides since October

It’s no secret that Uber and Lyft don’t exactly like each other. But now the competition may be reaching excessive levels. Using information from Lyft, CNN Money reports today that 177 Uber employees have ordered and then canceled 5,560 Lyft rides since last October. The purpose was to lower the amount of available Lyft drivers on the road, while… Read More

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PerfectMatch.com vets launch Agrilicious, a local food hub that mimics AngiesList and Etsy

Duane Dahl and Cindy Henry spent 11 years together building innovative platforms that matched singles with one another. Now, the couple has created a new matchmaking platform, albeit in a completely different arena. Dahl and Henry are the co-founders of Agrilicious, a unique new Seattle-based website that is a hub for local food. Its mission is to connect… Read More