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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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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

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Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally joins Google’s board

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally has joined Google’s Board of Directors just a few weeks after retiring from the car giant earlier this month. Mulally was president and CEO of Ford Motor Co. for the past eight years. The 68-year-old was also a top candidate to succeed Steve Ballmer as Microsoft’s CEO before Satya Nadella was hired… Read More

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Customer files lawsuit against Expedia after paying $650 in surprise bag fees

No one likes paying bag fees. But one Expedia customer is taking it a step further — suing Expedia after paying $650 round-trip for his family of four’s luggage after the online travel agency claimed the first checked bag would be free with the airfare purchase. The lawsuit, which is seeking class action status, was filed in King County Superior Court… Read More

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Bluetooth-enabled cooler raises $3.4M in 5 days, set to break Kickstarter record

A Portland man is on pace to break a Kickstarter record for the most lucrative crowdfunding campaign ever. Ryan Grepper has reeled in $3.4 million in just five days for his geeked-out cooler that features a built-in bluetooth speaker, USB charger, blender, cutting board, bottle opener — and of course, it stores cold drinks, too. Kicktraq predicts that Grepper will raise more than… Read More

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Did a web developer figure out LeBron’s decision by reading code on his site?

LeBron James caused an eruption on Twitter and across newswires this morning after announcing via Sports Illustrated that he’s returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. His announcement ended days of intense speculation, with various reports noting different scenarios. But it appears that a coding guru may have predicted LeBron’s plan ahead of time by examining the code on his personal… Read More

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How Skype saved the day for new ‘Planet of the Apes’

There’s telecommuting, and then there’s telecommuting. Matt Reeves, the director of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” had a problem. The final shot for his $150 million movie wasn’t working, and he needed a new one, stat. The team at Weta Workshop, which did the animation for all the film’s apes, said that he needed a… Read More

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Meet the new Microsoft: Key takeaways from Satya’s big memo — and yes, job cuts are likely

In certain circles, Microsoft memos are the stuff of legend. The seminal “Internet Tidal Wave” memo of 1995. The major “Trustworthy Computing” memo of 2002. The landmark “Shrimp & Weenies” memo of 1993. Depending on how the next month goes, Satya Nadella’s “Bold Ambition & Our Core” memo of 2014 could claim its own place in Microsoft lore. In case you missed it, the Microsoft… Read More