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The end of airport check-in? Hawaiian Airlines testing pre-printed bag tags in Seattle

The Internet and smartphones have made it easier to skip lines at airports by checking in and bringing a boarding pass in advance. But checking luggage for a long trip often still means waiting in line to get bags tagged and sent into the bowels of the airport. Hawaiian Airlines is tackling that challenge, testing two pilot programs at… Read More

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‘Coolest Cooler’ inventor explains how he raised $9 million on Kickstarter

Ryan Grepper tried raising $125,000 on Kickstarter last year for his geeked-out cooler, but fell just short. He decided to give it another shot again last month and, well, let’s just say the second go-around turned out a little bit better. Grepper has raised nearly $9.2 million on Kickstarter from more than 46,000 backers for his “Coolest Cooler,”… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Proto-pasta supplies the ‘ink’ for lower-grade 3D printers

While 3D printing continues to make headlines and revolutionize production, options for individual consumers have been limited. Although personal 3D printers are becoming more accessible, the high-quality exotic materials necessary for many prints are generally only produced for commercial printers. That’s where Proto-pasta comes in. After raising more than $36,000 in a successful Kickstarter campaign this past November, the Vancouver,… Read More

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Here comes Windows 9: Microsoft reportedly sets unveiling for next month, in advance of 2015 release

Microsoft is gearing up to reveal its latest major update to Windows, codenamed “Threshold” at a press event tentatively set for late September, according to a report by the Verge. The update is slated to contain a return to a desktop Start menu that will look and feel more familiar to people who are used to Microsoft’s older operating… 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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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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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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Change Internet Explorer’s name? Nah, here’s what Microsoft really needs to do with its web browser

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser has made great strides in recent years, embracing web standards and upgrading its user interface, as the company retires old versions of the browser and lobbies users to use the latest versions. But given its history with users and web developers, can the Internet Explorer name be salvaged? That was one question posed to the Internet… Read More

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The Amazing Book Race: We pitted Amazon vs. Google in a same-day delivery test, and this is who won

SAN FRANCISCO — At a time when it’s easier than ever to get what you want, when you want it, Amazon and Google are competing against each other and an array of startups to be the go-to service for people who want products delivered on the same day they’re ordered. Amazon has begun offering same-day delivery of products from its… Read More

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Amazon and Google wrestle over corporate secrets in cloud employment dispute

Google is seeking to formally intervene in a lawsuit filed by Amazon against a former Amazon Web Services employee who left the Seattle company and took a job with Google’s cloud computing division. The move by Google is revealed in a new filing in King County Superior Court in Seattle. By intervening in the case, Google says it wants to limit what it describes… Read More

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Makerhaus geek workshop closing in Seattle

Makerhaus, a 10,000 square foot space in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood that caters to electronics, 3D printing, CAD design and other geek enthusiasts, is closing its doors on Sept. 16th just 18 months after opening. “It has truly been an amazing journey and the impact that Makerhaus has had will continue to be felt for years… Read More

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Digitally clueless: Why I finally canceled the Seattle Times

Dear Seattle Times executives, I’m writing you in the traditional letter-to-the-editor format because it’s one with which I’m certain you’re familiar. After all, you recently used it in your “Dear Seattle Times subscribers” summer e-newsletter. I’m also uncertain, based on the experiences I’m about to describe, if you’d understand anything more than an electronic replica… Read More

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App Camp for Girls aims to close gender gap in tech

The big gender gap in the tech industry is well-documented by now. For a variety of reasons, many girls begin to lose interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields when they reach middle and high school. The gap widens even more when students arrive at college and decide their career paths. That’s why efforts like App Camp for Girls… Read More

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Portland’s entrepreneurs explain why the city’s startup scene is so vibrant

There’s something cool brewing in Portland, Oregon. The Rose City startup community came out in force last night for the PDX TechCrawl, as hundreds of Portland’s geeks had a chance to tour some of the city’s hottest startups like Puppet Labs and CrowdCompass. We had a fantastic time hosting the final leg of the crawl, where we had the opportunity to… Read More

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Driving while tweeting: Airbiquity updates Choreo in-car system with hands-free Twitter integration

Airbiquity has updated its Choreo in-car services platform to enable hands-free integration with Twitter, so that drivers can keep track of what’s going on in their timeline from the road without getting distracted. The Seattle-based company, whose platform is used by automakers including Nissan, announced this week that drivers in cars using Choreo will be able to keep up… Read More

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The problem with the police’s plea to ‘Tweet Smart’

Considering this week’s events in Ferguson, Missouri, isn’t it smartest for the public to tweet more real-time police activity in some emergencies, not less? A coalition of local law enforcement agencies, including the Seattle Police Department, recently put out a public plea that seemed tough to argue with. “Seattle-area law enforcement agencies are asking you to ‘Tweet Smart’… Read More

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Sneak peek at Tableau’s new Seattle engineering center, a ‘dev heaven’ in a former gym

The squash court is gone, and so are the treadmills, stationary bikes and weight lifting equipment. But those who look closely at Tableau Software’s soon-to-open engineering center in the former Sound Mind & Body gym in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood may recognize the basketball court. Nope, the company didn’t keep the full court hardwood as an… Read More

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Better than Tinder: ‘Siren’ dating app empowers women with ‘constructive flirting’

There is a plethora of online dating websites and apps in what has become a $2 billion market. Match.com. Tinder. Grouper. How About We. OKCupid. Coffee Meets Bagel. The list goes on and on. But Seattle entrepreneur Susie Lee thinks there’s room for another one — a unique tool that lets women make the first move and takes inspiration from… Read More