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Amazon already designing 8th generation of delivery drones

Amazon’s plan to deploy fleets of aerial drones has been met with skepticism even inside the technology industry, but CEO Jeff Bezos is making it clear that the company is pressing ahead. In Bezos’ annual letter to shareholders this morning, he references the company’s “Prime Air” delivery drone plan, which he unveiled dramatically on an episode… Read More

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Mega-financing rounds push VC totals higher: $10 billion invested in 880 deals in Q1

A series of very large financing deals — including Cloudera ($900 million); TangoMe ($280 million); and Domo Technologies ($125 million) — helped propel U.S. venture capital totals to the highest level since second quarter of 2001. Investments jumped 44 percent to $10 billion, while deal activity rose five percent compared to the same quarter last… Read More

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HR advice: Hire for velocity of learning

Let’s say you have an opening on your technology team: An urgent need for engineer that will expand your application written on top of the Spring Framework in Java. You use Puppet for deployment, and Jenkins for managing your builds. So naturally, you craft a job description that says “must know Spring, Jenkins, and Puppet.”… Read More

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This startup wants to let airline passengers compete in ‘intra-cabin gaming’

Skycast has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft to develop a next-generation in-flight entertainment system for Windows tablets. Right now, Skycast is developing solutions with Microsoft that work on a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet enclosed in a security shell, and will feature content including movies, TV, digital magazines, music, and a “Xbox Game… Read More

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Amazon taps Chloë Sevigny, Ron Perlman and other stars for new TV pilots

Amazon announced today that it has green-lit two new original pilots that will compete to become a part of its third season of original programming through Prime Instant Video. Like Amazon’s previous offerings, both “The Cosmopolitans” and “Hand of God” feature star-studded casts. “The Cosmopolitans,” directed by Academy Award nominee Whit Stillman, is a dramatic… Read More

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Viral Video: Microsoft goes Broadway with ‘OneNote More’

Hey, if this software thing doesn’t work out, Microsoft’s OneNote team might just have a future on stage. Marking the release of OneNote for Mac, the Microsoft group behind the note-taking product put together this funny parody of “One Day More” from Les Miserables that reveals some great pipes among certain members of the team…. Read More

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Amazon, Facebook, Google and other tech companies deploy fixes for ‘Heartbleed’ bug

Amazon Web Services has rolled out fixes for several of its online services to address the “Heartbleed” vulnerability that has roiled the Internet this week with reports that hackers can use the flaw to access account information and passwords. It’s one of many technology companies that have been scrambling to roll out updates to fix the… Read More

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UW spin-out Oricula Therapeutics raises cash to sell medicine that prevents hearing loss

Oricula Therapeutics, a startup spun out of the University of Washington, has raised $122,000 to commercialize medicine that can help prevent hearing loss. Founded in 2013, Seattle-based Oricula grew out of research done at the UW that uncovered ways to help patients maintain good hearing after taking antibiotics for serious infections. The startup has licensed… Read More

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T-Mobile exec: ‘Our competitors know that we cleaned their clocks in Q1’

It’s not officially the “Uncarrier 5.0” rollout, but T-Mobile is resurfacing this week with a series of new initiatives that aim to continue the company’s momentum against larger rivals Sprint, AT&T and Verizon. The Bellevue-based company, the fourth-largest U.S. wireless carrier, added a net total of 4.4 million customers in 2013 after announcing a series of steps… Read More

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Seattle Mayor: ‘We should not allow our Internet access to be managed by a private monopoly’

Seattle citizens need better and more affordable Internet. That’s the vibe from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s blog post this morning, in which he vows to improve Internet options and performance while securing “Seattle’s position as a leader in technology once again.” Murray’s post does not detail how exactly the City will achieve better connectivity and… Read More

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T-Mobile targets industry’s ‘predatory bait-and-switch schemes’ with $40/month plan, without overages

Taking another jab at its wireless rivals, T-Mobile is launching a new monthly “Simple Starter” plan that will cost $40 per month for unlimited calls, texting and up to 500MB of data on T-Mobile’s LTE network, with the promise that customers won’t be surprised with unexpected costs for exceeding their monthly data allotment. The Bellevue-based… Read More

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Boeing bans headphones, forces employees to stand still while answering phone calls

Boeing employees have a new rule to follow while working: No more headphones. New safety measures implemented later this month will ban the use of headphones for Boeing employees working in operations, production and transportation areas, according to MyNorthwest.com. That’s not all, though. Employees in those areas must now answer work-related phone calls while standing in one… Read More