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This startup figured out how to charge devices wirelessly through walls from 40 feet away

It’s been more than 12 years since Hatem Zeine first shared his crazy idea for wireless power with friends and colleagues. Back then, though, none of his peers really believed anything Zeine said. “And your next invention is time travel, right?” they would respond. Well, time travel isn’t quite here yet. But wireless charging — the kind that… Read More

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Seattle will issue cease-and-desist to ride-sharing companies if deal can’t be reached

Seattle will issue a ceast-and-desist letter to app-based transportation startups like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar if an agreement between the companies, taxi drivers and city leaders cannot be made by the end of May. In an interview with GeekWire today, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said that he will spend the next 45 days working with stakeholders… Read More

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This marijuana startup is looking to raise $50M to help people find, purchase pot

For Brendan Kennedy, Michael Blue and Christian Groh, raising money a few years ago was a real slog. The reason was simple: Investors were wary of putting money behind a company that was involved in the marijuana industry. But now, as cannabis use has become more accepted and a majority of Americans now favor legalization, the three founders of Seattle-based Privateer Holdings are rolling… Read More

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What Snapchat teaches us about the way teens define privacy

When it comes to the generational differences between today’s youth and their parents or grandparents, there are the obvious ones: Fashion, music and slang are just a few. But what’s somewhat unique and specific to teens today is how they define the word “privacy” — and perhaps importantly, what that means for governments currently grappling… Read More

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Commentary: Tech apathy is killing Seattle’s soul

A bunch of friends and I recently converged on the Sound Mind and Body Gym in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood for a bittersweet final afternoon of full-court basketball. The gym closed its doors on March 31, converting what was arguably the most beautiful basketball venue in the Pacific Northwest into tech office space. The gym was… Read More

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Angry Uber drivers complain about company: ‘We’re treated a little better than slaves’

Uber, the fast-growing San Francisco app-based transportation startup, has another problem to deal with in Seattle: Angry drivers who say they’re being treated like slaves. Former and current Uber drivers gathered on Sunday afternoon to discus what they call “unjust working conditions.” They met to talk about a possible union and address concerns about Uber’s… Read More

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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