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Driving while tweeting: Airbiquity updates Choreo in-car system with hands-free Twitter integration

Airbiquity has updated its Choreo in-car services platform to enable hands-free integration with Twitter, so that drivers can keep track of what’s going on in their timeline from the road without getting distracted. The Seattle-based company, whose platform is used by automakers including Nissan, announced this week that drivers in cars using Choreo will be able to keep up… Read More

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The problem with the police’s plea to ‘Tweet Smart’

Considering this week’s events in Ferguson, Missouri, isn’t it smartest for the public to tweet more real-time police activity in some emergencies, not less? A coalition of local law enforcement agencies, including the Seattle Police Department, recently put out a public plea that seemed tough to argue with. “Seattle-area law enforcement agencies are asking you to ‘Tweet Smart’… Read More

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Sneak peek at Tableau’s new Seattle engineering center, a ‘dev heaven’ in a former gym

The squash court is gone, and so are the treadmills, stationary bikes and weight lifting equipment. But those who look closely at Tableau Software’s soon-to-open engineering center in the former Sound Mind & Body gym in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood may recognize the basketball court. Nope, the company didn’t keep the full court hardwood as an… Read More

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Better than Tinder: ‘Siren’ dating app empowers women with ‘constructive flirting’

There is a plethora of online dating websites and apps in what has become a $2 billion market. Match.com. Tinder. Grouper. How About We. OKCupid. Coffee Meets Bagel. The list goes on and on. But Seattle entrepreneur Susie Lee thinks there’s room for another one — a unique tool that lets women make the first move and takes inspiration from… Read More

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This is how Seattle IPOs stack up with their cohort

It’s been quite a year so far for IPOs in the Seattle area. Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Immune Design and Trupanion have all gone public since the start of this year, with none of them posting earth-shattering results. That’s roughly in line with national trends in the tech and life sciences industries, according to a new report on IPOs released… Read More

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Vancouver city attorney: Uber is a ‘taxicab,’ and thus illegal in our town

UberX is illegal in Vancouver, Wash., but the transportation startup doesn’t appear to be leaving town any time soon. As noted by BikePortland.org this morning, Vancouver Assistant City Attorney Brent Boger penned a memo late last month that basically called out Uber for failing to follow regulations outlined by the city for taxicabs. UberX, which allows everyday people to… Read More

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Moving beyond PowerPoint: Slide Bureau is a slick tool for sharing visual content, automatically adapting across multiple devices

Hillel Cooperman loves PowerPoint, but he’s ready to move beyond Microsoft’s powerful software with the latest version of a new presentation tool he’s built called Slide Bureau. Cooperman, the co-founder of Seattle user design and Web development shop Jackson Fish Market, showed off the latest version of the iPad app at a recent meeting in the… Read More

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Mobile payments: Retailers weigh cost of using Amazon’s system, even if price is right

Will book sellers, bike shop owners and electronics stores use Amazon as its payment provider if they are already worried about it stealing their business? Earlier today, Amazon rolled out a new mobile payments service that looks like a great deal. For an introductory period, lasting 16 months, Amazon will charge retailers 1.75 percent per transaction, and once that period ends, it… Read More

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A tech campus on the edge of downtown Seattle? City looks to attract tech giant for 4-acre Yesler Terrace parcel

Technology giants such as Facebook, Twitter, eBay and Google have already discovered Seattle, setting up fast-growing engineering centers in the region. Now, could another technology giant be in the mix? The City of Seattle and real estate professionals certainly hope so, and they’ve got a rare piece of property to dangle in front of interested… Read More

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Mobile ad startup SinglePoint now has a marijuana payment solution subsidiary

With both Washington and Colorado allowing people to sell legal recreational marijuana, pot-related entrepreneurs — from growers to processors to retail shop owners — need a way to manage their funds more than ever. But that’s proving to be difficult, with a majority of the nation’s big banks and credit card companies wary of the legal ramifications that… Read More

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Amazon makes an undisclosed investment in cloud services company Acquia

Amazon has made a rare investment in Acquia, a Burlington, Mass.-based digital marketing company that operates on Amazon’s cloud services. The undisclosed investment piggybacks on a $50 million round closed in May from major investors, including Sigma Partners and New Enterprise Associates. In all, the company has raised more than $100 million over several rounds of funding…. Read More

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This wearable device pairs with a safety app to alert contacts during emergencies

React Mobile already came up with an app that helps people notify friends and family during emergencies. But now they’re joining the wearable movement to make it even easier to call for help. The Seattle-based company this morning launched a Kickstarter for a wearable Bluetooth safety device called the React Sidekick. The wearable pairs with React Mobile’s… Read More