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Seattle’s ride-sharing rules headed for city-wide vote — with one potential roadblock

The fate of app-based transportation companies like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar may soon be decided by the people of Seattle. A coalition group that is collecting petition signatures to suspend a newly-passed ordinance regulating those companies tells GeekWire that it expects to easily surpass the number of signatures required for a city-wide vote. “We’re very pleased with how… Read More

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These geeks spent hundreds of hours building Lego robots that do amazing things

Legos. Robots. Software. Yes, EMP was turned into a geek paradise Thursday night as seven teams from top technology companies in the state faced off in the “Build for Good Robot Competition,” a unique competition sponsored by Lego Mindstorms. Teams — including developers from Amazon, Expedia, HTC, Microsoft and Zulily — competed for glory and prestige with… Read More

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Here’s why Amazon pays $5K to warehouse workers who quit

In Jeff Bezos’ annual letter to shareholders, the Amazon.com CEO and founder revealed an interesting program that pays workers at the company’s warehouses to quit. Yes, that’s right: Amazon gives money to those who jump ship. “Pay to Quit,” an idea born at Amazon-owned Zappos.com, was put into place to get rid of employees who… Read More

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Seattle Mayor: ‘We should not allow our Internet access to be managed by a private monopoly’

Seattle citizens need better and more affordable Internet. That’s the vibe from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s blog post this morning, in which he vows to improve Internet options and performance while securing “Seattle’s position as a leader in technology once again.” Murray’s post does not detail how exactly the City will achieve better connectivity and… Read More

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Attention, Windows XP holdouts: The end is here

Are you still running Windows XP? Are you ready for Tuesday? More than 12 years after Windows XP’s release, Microsoft will officially end support for the aging operating system on Tuesday, April 8 — three days from now. That means no more security updates. Yes, of course, Windows XP machines will continue to run. But… Read More

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As Box preps for IPO, CEO Aaron Levie brings his road show home — with some tough love for Seattle

As Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie took the stage Thursday afternoon at the Box World Tour road show in his hometown of Seattle, he didn’t start talking his company’s pending IPO or its ambitions to conquer the cloud. Instead, the 28-year-old went off about ride-sharing. “Did anyone take Uber here?” asked Levie, a Mercer Island,… Read More

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Using the Fire TV: First take on Amazon’s set-top box

A few members of team GeekWire stayed late at the office on Thursday to set up and run Amazon’s Fire TV set-top box, getting some hands-on time with the Seattle company’s entrant into the increasingly crowded market for streaming living-room devices. We came away impressed with some elements of the product, and underwhelmed by others…. Read More

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VC Keith Rabois looks to upend real estate with Homerun, an ambitious (or crazy) idea to sell homes over the Internet in an instant

Get ready for yet another online real estate startup. This one is codenamed Homerun, and it promises to change the way people sell their homes online by making the transaction simple enough to complete in a few seconds. The most notable aspect of Homerun, at least at this early stage, is its high-profile founder: venture… Read More

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Intellectual Ventures spins off new ‘Coffee Flour’ startup

A new Seattle-area startup called CF Global has been spun out of Intellectual Ventures, aiming to develop a market for a new product called Coffee Flour, a food ingredient derived from discarded coffee cherries. Intellectual Ventures, the patent holding firm and technology company run by former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold, says CF Global is… Read More

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Windows 8, Take 3: One giant leap for keyboard and mouse

Windows 8 in its original incarnation wasn’t just a learning curve for traditional PC users, with their old-fashioned mice and keyboards. It was a completely foreign experience, designed for tablets, and disorienting on the desktop. But now, on its third attempt, Microsoft is making its flagship product familiar again. An updated version of Windows 8.1,… Read More

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Redfin’s first CTO explains lawsuit against the company, says he just wants to be treated fairly

David Selinger is a die-hard Redfin supporter. He’s purchased homes through the online real estate service, and speaks highly of Redfin boss Glenn Kelman whom he calls “an amazing CEO.” Selinger, who runs the data analytics startup RichRelevance, has even been known to exchange recruiting tips with Kelman, since both companies operate dual offices in… Read More

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Geek on the Street at Macworld: Here’s what Apple fans think about Office for iPad

SAN FRANCISCO–As Satya Nadella kicked off his presentation announcing the much-anticipated release of Microsoft Office for iPad, Apple fans were getting their day started at the annual Macworld/iWorld convention held a few blocks away in the City by the Bay. GeekWire stopped by the gathering of Mac- and iOS-heads yesterday afternoon to see how the… Read More

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If new consoles from Microsoft and Sony didn’t save GameStop, then what can?

GameStop’s stock traded lower today after it reported weaker-than-expected results in the fourth quarter despite strong console launches from both Sony and Microsoft. Analysts said the disappointing results were largely driven by a switch in consumer behavior from buying games at retail to purchasing them digitally for the new consoles, as well as, playing games… Read More

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First impressions: Office for iPad is the real deal

SAN FRANCISCO – Even though it seems like everyone saw it coming, Microsoft rocked the tech world today by announcing Office for iPad, the first iteration of its productivity suite for Apple’s tablets. Based on GeekWire’s initial hands-on time at Microsoft’s event here today, these feel like the Office apps that iPad users have been… Read More

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The Working Geek: Moz co-founder Rand Fishkin on working late hours and how he organizes his busy life

Moz co-founder Rand Fishkin stepped down from the CEO post last December, handing the reins of the 11-year-old company to longtime confidant Sarah Bird. But Fishkin, known for instituting a culture of transparency at Moz, is still very much involved in the Seattle company, helping to guide the maker of marketing software tools for its… Read More