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Former F5 Networks and Isilon technology executive Brett Helsel passes away at the age of 54

Brett Helsel, who played a key role in shaping the Seattle technology community through senior engineering roles at F5 Networks and Isilon Systems, died last week after suffering a cardiac arrest while paddle boarding on Lake Washington. He was 54. Three teenage girls recovered Helsel from the water, administered CPR and called 911. Helsel was… Read More

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Seattle legalizes Uber, Lyft to operate without caps

Transportation startups like UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar will finally be able to legally operate in Seattle. The City Council today voted 8-1 to approve legislation that provides a new regulatory framework for the San Francisco-based startups, also known as transportation network companies (TNCs). Monday’s vote ends a 15-month process that saw the city originally approve laws… Read More

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Fiction meets fact: Author publishes ‘Drones over Seattle’ as Amazon seeks FAA clearance

Consultant and contract engineer Richard Clark published his new work of fiction, “Drones Over Seattle,” for the Amazon Kindle just last week — telling the story of a computer programmer and former Black Hat hacker named Sean who is hired by a Pioneer Square robotics startup to revamp and stabilize its high-tech flying drone. So imagine Clark’s surprise a… Read More

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Amazon employees most attractive, Apple workers just average, dating app finds

The top five tech companies typically fight over who employs the biggest brains, but in this competition, they were ranked by another more superficial factor: beauty. In a peer review on Hinge, a dating app that seeks to match up young professionals, Amazon employees were found to be the most sought-after, followed by Microsoft, Google and Facebook. In dead last was Apple. As… Read More

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Live blog: Seattle set to legalize Uber, Lyft at City Council meeting

Update: Seattle legalizes Uber, Lyft to operate without caps We’ve just settled in here at City Hall as Seattle’s lawmakers prepare to set regulations that will legalize transportation startups like Lyft, UberX and Sidecar. You can read more about today’s meeting in our report from earlier today, but here’s the low-down: Councilmembers plan to discuss and… Read More

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Bill Gates recommends you read these 6 books this summer

Bill Gates is back with another reading list for those of you looking for some good books to enjoy this summer. The Microsoft co-founder recommends six titles that he’s read in 2014 and said that only one is your typical “beach read.” The other five include the best business book Gates has ever read and others that touch… Read More

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Customer files lawsuit against Expedia after paying $650 in surprise bag fees

No one likes paying bag fees. But one Expedia customer is taking it a step further — suing Expedia after paying $650 round-trip for his family of four’s luggage after the online travel agency claimed the first checked bag would be free with the airfare purchase. The lawsuit, which is seeking class action status, was filed in King County Superior Court… Read More

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Nevada leads U.S. in wiretap activity; Washington last

Drug dealers should avoid places like Nevada if they don’t want to have their smartphone conversations recorded by the U.S. government. Pew Research Center today highlighted a new report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts that revealed which states had the most wiretap authorizations from federal and state judges in 2013. Four states — Nevada, Colorado,… Read More

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AI breakthrough: Microsoft’s ‘Project Adam’ identifies dog breeds, points to future of machine learning

Microsoft Research has developed a new system for machine learning and artificial intelligence, called “Project Adam,” that advances the speed and efficiency of computers and their ability to learn.  Project Adam takes its cues from the human brain to absorb new data and teach itself new skills — such as distinguishing among different breeds of… Read More

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Ex-Amazon product manager launches Lish as food delivery bubble expands

There’s something brewing at the intersection of food delivery and technology. In the past few years, we’ve seen several new startups help bring lunch and dinner to our doorsteps — and now there’s yet another company launching in Seattle doing the exact same thing. Ex-Amazon product manager Aakhil Fardeen and his former colleagues today officially launched Lish, a startup that prepares on-demand meals priced at… Read More

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‘Dragons Adventure’ game for Windows blends real world and fantasy maps, for kids to play in moving car

Playing a game on a phone or tablet on the couch is one thing, but a new game for Windows Phone and Windows tablets shows what can happen when a moving vehicle and real-world location are part of the mix. The game, “Dragons Adventure: World Explorer,” is based on the “How to Train Your Dragon?” series, published by DreamWorks in partnership… Read More

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Amazon hires Google Glass founder to ‘work on a few other things’

Updated at 3:30 p.m. with Google’s statement below. Babak Parviz, who founded and led the Google Glass project, has left the search company’s Google X advanced research division for a new role at Amazon, he announced on his Google+ page this weekend — declaring himself “super excited” without revealing what he’ll be doing. He writes on his Google+ about… Read More

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Seattle prepares to legalize Uber, Lyft on Monday

Finally, after nearly a year-and-a-half of discussion, the Seattle City Council is set to vote on legislation Monday that will legalize transportation startups like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar. Councilmembers plan to discuss and potentially vote to approve a revised ordinance that came out of a negotiation process organized by Mayor Ed Murray. But given how drawn out and tumultuous… Read More

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Microsoft Bing beats Google in World Cup predictions

Microsoft Bing’s prediction technology was perfect in the World Cup knockout stage — depending on how you look at it. Bing was 15 for 15 in picking the winners of each knockout match, including Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina in today’s final. But Microsoft incorrectly predicted that Brazil would beat the Netherlands in Saturday’s rather… Read More

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Bluetooth-enabled cooler raises $3.4M in 5 days, set to break Kickstarter record

A Portland man is on pace to break a Kickstarter record for the most lucrative crowdfunding campaign ever. Ryan Grepper has reeled in $3.4 million in just five days for his geeked-out cooler that features a built-in bluetooth speaker, USB charger, blender, cutting board, bottle opener — and of course, it stores cold drinks, too. Kicktraq predicts that Grepper will raise more than… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Our favorite apps to find a date, a car ride, a haircut, and make your tweets self-destruct

We’re back with another app-apolooza on this week’s GeekWire radio show — talking about our latest favorite apps with our special guest, Alex McConnehey, the founder of the See Jane Fix phone and tablet repair service. After getting tips from Alex on keeping our phones in working order, we dive into the apps — covering everything from ride-sharing apps… Read More

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Yahoo executive, a former Seattle startup CEO, sued for sexual harassment by employee

Former Seattle startup CEO Maria Zhang, who joined Yahoo as a senior mobile engineering director when it acquired her company, Alike, was sued for sexual harassment Friday by a female employee who worked for Zhang at Yahoo. Yahoo is denying the allegations and saying it intends to “fight vigorously” to clear Zhang’s name. Zhang was a GeekWire Geek of the… Read More