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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

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Amazon teams with Purdue, launches new store and plans campus pick-up locations

Purdue students looking for a good deal on their textbooks now have an easier way to find them, thanks to a partnership between Amazon and Purdue University. The two organizations teamed up to create the Purdue Student Store on Amazon, a specially-branded homepage that’s designed to give students a portal to online shopping. While there, students… Read More

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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