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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

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Microsoft virtual assistant Cortana reportedly coming to Windows with ‘Threshold’ release

Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant, may soon extend her reach beyond Windows Phone to the PC. The assistant is appearing as an app inside the next version of Windows, code named “Threshold,” according to a report by Neowin. The virtual assistant appears as an app users can launch, and runs in a small window where users… Read More

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Microsoft researchers make long GoPro videos watchable with ‘Hyperlapse’ project

Action cameras like the GoPro have made it easy to capture first-person perspectives from daily adventures. But as Microsoft researcher Johannes Kopf discovered, that doesn’t always translate into watchable video. Kopf, who works in the Interactive Visual Media Group at Microsoft Research, wanted to show his friends and family what it was like to go mountain… Read More

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Verizon, T-Mobile beat AT&T and Sprint in U.S. airport mobile data performance test

For many travelers, it’s important to have reliable mobile connections at the airport. You may need to access ticket information, download an important document, or simply want to spend your layover getting some work done online. But which airports — and which carriers — offer the best download speeds? RootMetrics has some answers. The Seattle-based… Read More

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Food startups gorge on funding: Plated raises $15M, FoodPanda reels in $60M

It appears that the appetite for food-related startups is not going away anytime soon for investors. Foodtrepreneurs reeled in more dough today, with New York City-based meal-kit delivery startup Plated raising $15 million in a Series A round. There was also a big $60 million round for FoodPanda, an online-based food delivery service that operates in 40… Read More

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Meet Microsoft’s cell phone: Nokia 130 will sell for $25

Microsoft’s decision to wind down Nokia’s Asha, Series 40 and Nokia X Android phones, following its acquisition of Nokia’s phone business, doesn’t mean it’s exiting the market for basic mobile phones. The company this morning announced a new device, the Nokia 130. It includes some advanced features like video and music playback, and a flashlight, plus content sharing via SD card,… Read More