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Milestone: Windows Phone Store reaches 300,000 apps

It may have taken Microsoft longer than Apple or Google, but its Windows Phone Store now has more than 300,000 apps. WPCentral first noticed that the company just recently updated its “By The Numbers” page to reflect the milestone. “Hundreds more are added every day,” Microsoft added. It’s notable in part because the store had 100,000 apps… Read More

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Mobile marketing startup HasOffers rebrands to Tune

One of Seattle’s fastest-growing startup companies has a new name. HasOffers announced today that it’s taking on the new corporate moniker of Tune. The company will continue to operate HasOffers and MobileAppTracking as products of Tune. The announcement was made today at the company’s Postback Conference in Seattle. “We’ve known for a couple of years… Read More

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Amazon sets the stage for device launch by bragging it now has 240,000 apps

Amazon’s PR machine has officially kicked into high gear as the company begins building interest ahead of its Wednesday press conference. This morning’s press release from the Seattle retail giant announced that its Appstore now has more than 240,000 apps and games, or triple the selection over the past year. The milestone itself is not particularly noteworthy, but app… Read More

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Bootstrapping vacation rentals startup Dwellable raises $2M from Seattle angels

For years, Adam Doppelt refused to take venture capital financing, using a strict bootstrapping ethos to build companies such as restaurant locator Urbanspoon and tech talent identifier CubeDuel. “Just build little things, and then see what happens,” Doppelt told GeekWire in an interview nearly three years ago. Well, Doppelt’s latest “little” startup — the online… Read More

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Here comes yet another marketplace to connect home owners with service providers: HouseCall raises $1.5 million

Home owners should have little trouble these days finding plumbers, house painters and other service providers to work on their home projects. That’s because there is no shortage of new online marketplaces that look to connect home owners with professionals. And here comes another: It’s called HouseCall. Currently operating in San Diego and led by… Read More

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Last-minute restaurant reservation service Table8 receives backing from Concur

A new mobile app called Table8 that allows foodies to book last-minute reservations at hard-to-get-into restaurants has raised $4.6 million in fresh funding, including cash from Bellevue-based Concur Technologies’ Perfect Trip Fund. Table8 just recently launched in San Francisco, with restaurant-goers able to pay a fee of $20 or more to slide into open slots… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Using a smartphone to help overcome your bad habits

Can your smartphone help you quit smoking, or stop overeating? Yes, according to our guest this week on the GeekWire radio show. We’re joined in the studio by Jonathan Bricker, PhD., a behavioral scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and led the first randomized, controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of smoking cessation apps. His research… Read More

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Mobile health app maker Mindbloom acquired

  Mindbloom, a Seattle maker of mobile apps designed to help people live healthier lives, has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by Denver-based Welltok. Mindbloom’s 11 employees will be joining Welltok, which plans to use the acquisition as a base for expansion in Seattle. It will continue to operate Mindbloom’s apps, which… Read More

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Decide.com co-founder leaves eBay to start Weave, a mobile app to connect you with nearby LinkedIn contacts

Brian Ma likes going to networking events. But what he doesn’t particularly care for is stepping into the room and not knowing where the interesting people are located. “It’s awkward, inefficient, and completely hit and miss,” says Ma. That’s why the Decide.com co-founder started Weave, a new mobile app for iOS that allows people to… Read More

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Favorite things: The 10 most loved products of the year

Brace yourselves, shoppers – there are only a few days left in the year, but the gift-giving, product-swapping season has just begun. Amidst the chaos, we’re taking a moment to reflect and review the top innovations to be thankful for in 2013. Here are a few of our favorites after analyzing over 25,000 product recommendations… Read More

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A family connector? SquareHub unveils new content sharing feature for small groups

SquareHub co-founder Dave Cotter thinks families need a new type of social network — one that’s “elastic” enough to adapt to the various devices or technologies that multiple generations are using. That’s why Cotter, a former general manager at Amazon.com who launched SquareHub earlier this year with backing from some of the region’s top angel… Read More

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A dead end for WhichBus: Seattle transit app pulls plug

WhichBus, a mobile application that helped people find bus route around Seattle, has ceased operations. “After over a year and a half operating WhichBus, we’ve made the tough decision to shut down the service to focus on other projects,” the company wrote in an email message to users. WhichBus formed at a StartupWeekend event in… Read More

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Here’s the iPhone app supermodel Gisele Bündchen uses to organize her busy family life with star QB Tom Brady

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen seems to have it all — extreme wealth; off-the-charts beauty; and a superstar quarterback for a husband in Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. But how does the 33-year-old mother and entrepreneur keep things organized? Well, according to a recent story in The Wall Street Journal, Bündchen relies on the Seattle family… Read More

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A safe Halloween: Glympse unveils ‘Track n Treat’ app to help parents keep an eye on the little goblins as they roam the neighborhood

Looking to keep track of the little ghosts and goblins this Halloween, but don’t want to be a hovering parent? Well, technology from Seattle startup Glympse is here to help. The Seattle company just unveiled a free app (for iOS only) called Track n Treat, which like the name suggests allows parents to keep a… Read More