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Zillow pays $3.5 billion for longtime rival Trulia

Zillow is paying $3.5 billion to acquire Trulia, a whopping deal that will bring together the two long-time rivals and create a powerhouse in the online real estate industry. The companies announced the deal — first reported by Bloomberg News last week and the biggest acquisition in Zillow’s 9-year history — this morning. “We obviously… Read More

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Seattle City Council asks Jeff Bezos to treat Amazon.com’s security guards better

The Seattle City Council isn’t happy with how some Amazon.com security workers are being treated. All nine councilmembers penned a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos this week, asking that he address concerns shared by the Seattle Human Rights Commission over the treatment of workers hired by Security Industry Specialists (SIS), an Amazon subcontractor. The… Read More

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Fire phone review: Amazon’s phone is a solid first try, but the magic tricks are a little much

Look closely at Amazon’s new Fire phone and you’ll notice four sensors, one in each corner on the front of the device. These are cameras and infrared LEDs that detect the position of your head relative to the phone in real time. This lets the Fire phone pull off some pretty amazing technological tricks. Move the phone around in your hand… Read More

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Food on demand: We tested 7 meal delivery services, and here’s who came out on top

The process of delivering food isn’t rocket science, nor is it novel. Someone orders a meal, and another person delivers it. But for whatever reason, there seems to be a food delivery bubble expanding nationwide — and particularly in Seattle. Caviar. Munchery. Postmates. Peachd. Lish. Bitesquad. Eat24. GrubHub. If you’re craving food but don’t want to leave… Read More

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Denver Police chief opens investigation into Uber incident, issues public apology to Seattle man

Denver Police Chief Robert White has launched an investigation into an incident involving an officer who told a Seattle man that the Uber ride he was taking was illegal. In a letter posted on Twitter from the Denver Police account, Chief White publicly apologized to Dave Cook, the Seattle man who recounted the incident in a post on GeekWire over the… Read More

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Starbucks launching mobile ordering pilot later this year, testing how long coffee will stay hot

Starbucks is brewing up a way for customers to not just pay for their coffee via the company’s popular smartphone app, but to order coffee from their phone, too. The coffee chain’s Chief Digital Officer Adam Brotman outlined the plan at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo., describing how mobile ordering will work when a pilot launches later this… Read More

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Microsoft’s contractor crackdown: ‘Shadow layoff’ could force big cultural changes inside company

Microsoft employed about 100,000 people directly prior to its acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business. That’s the employment number the company reports publicly — the “blue badges” who make up the core of its workforce. But in addition to those employees, more than 71,000 worked with Microsoft as “orange badges” — contractors, vendors and other contingent staff who do a ton of work… Read More

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Internal memo: Microsoft to cut off all ‘external staff’ after 18 months, imposing mandatory 6-month break

An internal Microsoft memo, distributed earlier today, outlines new restrictions on the company’s use of “external staff” — including a new limit on people who work on projects for Microsoft through vendors. All contingent workers will be prevented from accessing Microsoft’s buildings and network for a period of six months after every 18-month period in which they perform work for the company, according to the memo. Perhaps most notably,… Read More

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Alibaba opening Seattle-area outpost, recruiting developers and expanding U.S. presence as IPO nears

Chinese e-commerce and technology giant Alibaba is recruiting for Seattle-based engineering jobs, signaling plans to open a new outpost in Amazon’s backyard in advance of Alibaba’s initial public offering. Recent email messages from the Entrepreneurs & Experts in Seattle group, Alibaba’s strategic partner in the Seattle region, list a series of job openings for mobile engineering positions — offering… Read More

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It’s official: Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited, $9.99/month e-book subscription service

After an inadvertent leak earlier in the week, Amazon today launched a new e-book subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, offering unlimited reading from a catalog of more than 600,000 books for $9.99/month. It’s a new wrinkle for the Kindle business, and the latest move by Amazon to shake up the traditional publishing industry. The books in the catalog include… Read More

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Venture capital investments surge 73% in the Pacific NW

Cash was flowing to startup companies during the second quarter in the Pacific Northwest as venture capitalists pumped $410 million into 40 deals, including fast-growing companies such as ExtraHop Networks, Puppet Labs, Igneous Systems, Smartsheet.com and Avvo. That was a 73 percent uptick from the same period last year in which venture capitalists invested $237… Read More

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Zillow exec tries to assuage real estate agents’ fears over ‘Coming Soon’ listings: We ‘don’t want to be a MLS’

SAN FRANCISCO–Zillow has taken heat from real estate professionals in recent weeks over its new “Coming Soon” feature, with some claiming that its one way for the Seattle online real estate powerhouse to bypass multiple listing services. But Zillow Chief Revenue Officer Greg Schwartz — speaking today at the Real Estate Connect Conference — says… Read More

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Can a wristband prevent sexual assault? UW concept brings sensors to the party

You’re at a club, dancing to a great DJ, and suddenly your wristband vibrates, signaling that one of your friends hasn’t responded to her wristband’s attempt to make sure she’s still conscious and in control. So you search the club and find your friend, extracting her from a potentially dangerous situation. That’s one of the core features of Vive,… 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