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GeekWire Summit sneak peek: Mossberg, Swisher, Walmart, Zulily and more

We’re excited to officially announce the third annual GeekWire Summit, and provide some early details about the content and speakers we’re lining up for this new installment of our signature tech conference, set for Oct. 2 in downtown Seattle. The GeekWire Summit, presented by title sponsor CenturyLink, brings together top CEOs, business leaders, developers, marketers and many others from the Pacific Northwest and around the country… Read More

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Video: Air show cracks down on stunts after Boeing Dreamliner performs wicked touch-and-go maneuver

Boeing was being a little too badass this week at the Farnborough Air Show. Boeing pilots performed a difficult maneuver on Monday, landing its 787-9 Dreamliner jet on a runway before quickly taking off again seconds later during what’s called a touch-and-go. You can watch it here, starting at the 1:10 mark. But the next day, Air Show authorities said that the… Read More

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Amazon Sunday delivery: Key facts to know as USPS rolls out service nationally

The U.S. Postal Service is known for working through rain, sleet and snow, but not on Sundays or holidays, right? That is changing, quickly, through a deal with Amazon. In many parts of the country, products ordered from Amazon now arrive at your home seven days a week, year-round. As GeekWire reported last week, the rollout is expanding nationally even faster than… Read More

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Amazon tests ‘Kindle Unlimited’ — a $9.99/month e-book subscription service

Amazon has inadvertently revealed plans for a major new addition to its Kindle business — a monthly subscription for e-books. As spotted by GigaOM this morning, Amazon put up a page that introduced a subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited,” which offers access to more than 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for $9.99 month. Amazon has… Read More

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Ex-Amazon engineers raise $8.5M to help retailers set dynamic pricing

Boomerang Commerce, a Santa Clara, Calif. startup led by former Amazon.com engineers Guru Hariharan and Madhusudhan Rao, has raised $8.5 million in series A financing from Trinity Ventures and Madrona Venture Group. The company also is officially unveiling its first product today, a new Dynamic Price Optimizer that’s designed to help online retailers dynamically set… Read More

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Cortana can turn off the lights: Insteon home automation app to integrate with Microsoft’s assistant

One of the features of Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant in Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability to integrate the technology into third-party apps, and the home automation company Insteon provided an early example this morning — saying that users of its Windows Phone app will be able to speak to Cortana to dim the lights and adjust the temperature,… Read More

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Valant raises $11M to develop software for behavioral health practitioners

Valant Medical Solutions, a Seattle startup that develops software to help behavioral health practitioners manage billing and electronic medical records at their offices, today announced a $11 million round that will allow the Seattle startup to further develop its product line while also hiring more than 20 new employees. Founded in 2005 by brothers David Lischner, a psychiatrist who… Read More

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Realogy buying ZipRealty for $166 million, a valuation that could give Redfin pause

Realogy Holdings, which operates brands such as Coldwell Banker, Century 21, ERA and Sotheby’s International, is adding another one to its lineup. Madison, New Jersey-based Realogy today announced that it has entered into an agreement to buy publicly-traded ZipRealty for $6.75 per share in an all-cash deal valued at $166 million. “The acquisition of ZipRealty… Read More

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Inrix partners with Re/max to help homebuyers calculate driving commute times

Seattle-based traffic intelligence company Inrix has teamed up with Re/max to provide prospective homebuyers with information about how long it will take them to commute to work with Inrix’s Drive Time service. Today, more than 50,000 Re/max agent and brokerage websites will feature Drive Time metrics that allow buyers to show how long it will take to… Read More

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Paul Allen-backed A.R.O. ceasing operations, cutting jobs, but says products will live on

Hours after unveiling its latest app, Seattle startup A.R.O. Inc. announced a “substantial restructuring of its workforce” today — ceasing standalone operations and making what a spokesperson described as a “100% reduction in force.” An unspecified number of A.R.O’s employees have been hired by Paul Allen’s company Vulcan, which was A.R.O.’s partner and primary investor. Those who do make the jump to… Read More

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Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally joins Google’s board

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally has joined Google’s Board of Directors just a few weeks after retiring from the car giant earlier this month. Mulally was president and CEO of Ford Motor Co. for the past eight years. The 68-year-old was also a top candidate to succeed Steve Ballmer as Microsoft’s CEO before Satya Nadella was hired… Read More

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Seattle City councilmember explains why he voted against law that legalized Uber, Lyft

A majority of the Seattle City Council voted on Monday to approve a new regulatory framework for transportation startups like UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar. But there was one councilmember who stood up and voiced concern with the new legislation that sets requirements for the startups, also known as Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). Mike O’Brien does not think the… Read More

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‘Sensor Salon’ brings LCD screens, 3D-printed objects and sensors to fingernails

The maker movement is coming to the nail salon. That’s the vision of students from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., who presented their “Sensor Salon” project at Microsoft today — explaining how they created a prototype salon that brought together experts in design and development to create made-to-order technology for a client’s nails. Technologies… Read More

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EBay’s Gautam Thakar named CEO of LivingSocial, replacing co-founder Tim O’Shaughnessy

LivingSocial has finally announced who will be replacing co-founder Tim O’Shaughessy as CEO, seven months after he announced that he would be stepping down. The Washington, D.C.-based daily deals company said today it has hired Gautam Thaker as CEO, reports Re/code. Previously, Thaker was general manager of eBay Advertising and CEO of eBay’s Shopping.com site. Thaker… Read More

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Review: VC-backed food delivery startup Munchery now preparing high quality dinners in Seattle

As my colleague Daniel and I enjoyed dinner together last week, we raved about the Louisiana crab cakes. Our tastebuds were equally pleased with the flavorful chili lime beef, and to top it all off, the cake dessert was excellent — particularly the whipped cream and fresh strawberries. But the best part about the meal? We didn’t have… Read More

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Cisco agrees to deeper integration with Microsoft on cloud and datacenter products

Cisco announced a multi-year sales agreement with Microsoft at the Redmond-based company’s World Partner Conference today. The two companies will work together on selling cloud and datacenter services, and have agreed to deepen integration between some of their key products. In particular, the two companies will be working to integrate a number of products including… Read More

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Box rolls out unlimited storage for business customers, unveils new Microsoft Office integration

Declaring the “end of the storage wars,” cloud storage company Box this morning announced that it will start offering unlimited storage to customers on its $15/user/month business plan — expanding a feature that was previously available to those on its higher-priced enterprise plan. Box’s moves come amid heightened competition in online storage and collaboration, as evidenced… Read More

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Cray execs leave supercomputer maker to pursue new entrepreneurial opportunities

Two top Cray executives are leaving the Seattle-based supercomputer maker. The company announced today that Bill Blake, CTO and senior vice president, and Arvind Parthasarathi, general manager of Cray-owned YarcData, will be leaving to “pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.” Blake, the former general manager of parallel computing platforms at Microsoft, joined Cray in April 2012 and had served on Cray’s board six years prior… Read More

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Microsoft job cuts coming as soon as this week, could be biggest in company history, report says

Microsoft is poised to announce thousands of job cuts as soon as this week, and the cuts could end up being the largest in the company’s history — potentially exceeding the 5,800 employees laid off by the company at the height of the 2009 economic crisis, according to a report by Bloomberg News overnight, citing unidentified people familiar with… Read More