Cellular service provider Solavei files for bankruptcy

Solavei emerged on the scene two years ago with a high-profile list of investors, celebrity endorsers and an ambitious business model that relied on customers to spread the word about the company’s cellular phone service, earning cash along the way. From the beginning, Solavei’s multi-level marketing approach drew criticism, sparking hundreds of comments on GeekWire…. Read More


Running low on cash, Marina Biotech cuts 90% of staff

Marina Biotech, a Bothell biotechnology company, said today that it has cut about 90 percent of its staff and ceased most day-to-day operations because it does not have funding to pursue its business model. “To conserve available cash, management has implemented a furlough of approximately 90% of its employees and ceased most day-to-day operations, including… Read More


Yahoo job cuts: Back to startup mode for an aging web icon

Yahoo this morning confirmed that it’s cutting 2,000 jobs, or about 15 percent of its workforce —  part of an effort by new CEO Scott Thompson to make the company “smaller, nimbler, more profitable and better equipped to innovate as fast as our customers and our industry require,” as Yahoo put it in a news release…. Read More


Hotmail, MSN suffer outage

My wife just tried to log on to her Hotmail account, but no dice. A few minutes later a GeekWire reader sent me an email — not from their Hotmail account obviously — indicating an outage at both MSN and Hotmail. It is unclear how widespread the problem is, but Twitter is erupting with a… Read More


Microsoft cloud service Office 365 hit with outage

We’ve been hearing reports today that Microsoft’s Office 365 service — which includes new online versions of Exchange, SharePoint and other Office products – has been down for about two hours. Several readers have told us that they are unable to send email because of the outage. A Twitter message posted about an hour ago by… Read More


Amazon Web Services suffers another outage: Company says issue now resolved’s EC2 service suffered another outage this evening, taking out several high-trafficked Web sites and adding another black eye to the reliability of online services. The outage, which Amazon first reported on its service health dashboard at 7:39 p.m., was resolved as of 8:03 p.m., according to the company. That’s a relatively short outage. But,… Read More


Heat stress, bomb threats and more plague Amazon warehouse in eastern Pennsylvania town

Bomb threats. Heat stress. Assaults. Just your typical summer at an warehouse in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania reports that the Amazon facility in Upper Macungie has been a “constant headache for township supervisors” since it opened last year. Things culminated last week after a former employee allegedly called in… Read More

MOD's kiosk technology

Struggling MOD Systems places employees on leave

MOD’s kiosk technology MOD Systems has placed a number of its employees on leave as the Seattle maker of digital media kiosk technology continues to look for cash. Anthony Bay, the former Microsoft manager who leads MOD, confirmed the decision with GeekWire. “I can confirm that a number of employees were furloughed while the current… Read More