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Xamarin raises $54M in funding to bring Microsoft’s programming language to other platforms

Xamarin, the San Francisco-based company that allows developers to code applications for a variety of different platforms using Microsoft’s C# programming language, announced today that it has raised a $54 million Series C round of financing. The round was led by a number of firms, including Ignition Partners, Lead Edge Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Floodgate… Read More

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Tune takes first steps onto European mainland with new Berlin office

Tune, the mobile marketing startup formerly known as HasOffers, announced today that the company is expanding the reach of its offices to continental Europe by opening a new branch in Berlin. The office, which will primarily be focused on business development and account management, is being led by former Myspace and Muzu.tv executive Julian Schroll…. Read More

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Tech Moves: Chef names new VP of Engineering, Lyft COO leaves after tension with founders; and more

—Jez Humble has joined Chef as the company’s Engineering Vice President. Prior to joining Chef, Humble was a principal at ThoughtWorks, where he led product and consulting efforts focused on team collaboration and software development efficiency. In addition, Humble is the co-author of “Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation,” a book about… Read More

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Crowdsourced curation: Frye Art Museum wants you to remix its collection with a ‘like’

The people have spoken, and the people love the ducks. “It’s a pleasing painting, but it’s just a group of ducks,” the Frye Art Museum’s Chelsea Werner-Jatzke said about the 1900 work by Alexander Max Koester that’s winning an unusual popularity contest on social media. “Moulting Ducks” is one of the 232 century-old paintings in… Read More

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Women aren’t pregnant forever: Zulily grapples with slow shipping times

In today’s world of instant gratification and rapid shipping, Zulily orders can practically take an eternity to show up at your doorstep. Average wait times: A few weeks, and sometimes longer. I know this first-hand. Last year, a maternity dress I bought missed two weddings that I planned to attend while pregnant. Finally, I canceled the order because customer service… Read More

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Professor Ballmer! Ex-Microsoft CEO to teach Stanford MBA class ‘Leading Organizations’

Steve Ballmer certainly learned a lot from leading Microsoft for 14 years. Now, he’ll pass on that knowledge to MBA students. Ballmer, who stepped down from Microsoft’s board on Tuesday, will teach a class called “Leading Organizations” at Stanford this fall. Business Insider reports that the former Microsoft CEO will also teach at USC’s Marshall… Read More

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Swype debuts MLS-branded, soccer-themed Android keyboards

The popular Android-based Swype keyboard is getting a soccer makeover. Starting today, Swype users will be able to personalize their keyboards with Major League Soccer-branded team themes. Whether you’re a Sounders or Timbers fan, you can now spice up your Swype keyboard with your team’s logo and colors. Aaron Sheedy, VP of Mobile Product at Nuance Communications —… Read More

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Uber, Lyft not a top priority for Portland leaders, official says

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday to discuss the hiring of expert campaigner David Plouffe, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick rattled off some impressive stats. Just four years after launching in San Francisco, his transportation company — which has raised $1.5 billion and is valued at $18 billion —  is helping drivers earn money and passengers get… Read More

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At Seattle event, Unity touts ‘mind-blowing’ growth and announces Tsugi acquisition

More than a thousand video game developers are in Seattle today, but nope, it’s not for the Penny Arcade Expo or Emerald City Comicon. Rather, 1,500 people are here this week to attend Unite 2014, the sold-out developer conference for San Francisco-based Unity Technologies. Unity isn’t a name most consumers would recognize, but its technology is used behind-the-scenes by thousands of developers to build games… Read More

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Know your Linux! New Linux Foundation certification aims to boost Linux job market

Linux has been expanding its reach — powering Google, Facebook and other major platforms — and hiring managers say they’re in need of an increasing number of Linux developers. But many of those jobs are going unfilled, and given the entrenched position of Microsoft Windows inside many companies, not as many developers and admins are getting Linux training and certification… Read More

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Amazon Fire Phone sales slowed by AT&T exclusivity

Only offering its Fire Phone exclusively through AT&T isn’t helping Amazon sell more smartphones. That’s the somewhat unsurprising finding from Chitika Insights, a research firm that calculated usage growth by tracking the number of ad impressions from mobile web browsers during the past month. The Fire, which debuted July 25, did not have nearly as much web… Read More

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UW football coach who once banned his players from Twitter joins social network

University of Washington head football coach Chris Petersen is finally on Twitter, but don’t expect the 49-year-old to be posting his thoughts on the social network. Petersen on Monday created a personal Twitter account and has already racked up nearly 5,000 followers without scribing a single tweet. “First of all, Twitter is not for you guys,”… Read More

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CenturyLink faces potential $170k fine over San Juan Islands outage

Staff members with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission today recommended that CenturyLink pay more than $170,000 in penalties over its handling of a 10-day-long service outage on the San Juan Islands last year. In November, an underwater cable that provided internet and phone service to residents of the San Juan Islands was severed, leaving… Read More

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Farmstr now delivers organic farm food, testing partnership with Uber

Surprise, surprise — there’s another food delivery service in Seattle. This time it’s Farmstr, the new organic food marketplace that connects farmers directly with consumers. The company just began testing a delivery option to 11 zip codes within Seattle on Wednesdays and Fridays, and is starting with produce only. CEO and founder Janelle Maiocco is looking at a number… Read More

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Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures cuts 140 employees from its patent-buying workforce

Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue, Wash.-based patent holding firm run by former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold, has laid off 20 percent of its employees. The layoffs will affect around 140 people, leaving 540 people at the firm, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which spoke to Edward Jung, the company’s co-founder and CTO, about the staffing changes…. Read More

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Microsoft relaunches OneNote for Android, with tablet and handwriting support

Android tablet users now have a better note-taking app from Microsoft. The company announced today that it’s launching a new version of OneNote for phones and tablets running on Google’s operating system, just in time for back-to-school season. The app, which is available for free, offers popular OneNote features including support for handwriting and a new tablet… Read More

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Obama adviser David Plouffe joins Uber to move company beyond challenges of ‘big taxi cartel’

Uber is adding some political muscle to its operations as it continues to engage in a regulatory battles across the globe. The heavily-funded transportation service has named David Plouffe — best known for helping to get Barack Obama elected in 2008 — as its Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy. “I couldn’t be more excited… Read More