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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

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Interview: PopCap’s John Vechey says mistakes were made, but selling to EA wasn’t one

Since PopCap was acquired by Electronic Arts nearly three years ago, the Seattle-based game maker has had its fair share of troubles: Layoffs, game cancellations, studio closures and executive departures. But PopCap’s co-founder John Vechey, who was named as the executive in charge of PopCap in January, said he can’t blame the problems on Electronic… Read More

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Hacking for Jesus: Top projects from ‘Code for the Kingdom,’ a faith-based hackathon for spiritual geeks

Niche hackathons are hot right now. Some solve legal issues and address challenges facing non-profits, while others aim to increase civic engagement and even help pets. There’s a movement among some programmers to consider how their work should, perhaps, be dedicated to higher causes. And now there’s another spin on the hackathon, and it happened… Read More

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Boeing engineers create the PebbleBee, so you never lose your keys, kids or TV remote

Are you one of those folks who always seems to lose your keys, cell phone or TV remote control? Well, don’t sweat. Here comes the PebbleBee. Developed by Boeing software engineers Daniel Daoura and Nick Pearson-Franks, the PebbleBee is a tiny Bluetooth-enabled device that affixes to various personal items, notifying users if they happen to wander outside… Read More

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Microsoft defends its Hotmail snooping in Windows leak investigation

Responding to criticism of its investigation into an alleged leak of company trade secrets, Microsoft acknowledged overnight that it searched a Hotmail customer’s Microsoft accounts without a court order — but described the action as “extraordinary” and announced that it will add a new layer of outside review when it encounters similar situations in the… Read More

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Watch: Bill Gates picks his 13 favorite TED talks

Polio. Data. Education. These are all interests of Bill Gates, so it was no surprise to see the topics appear on his list of his top TED talks. The folks at TED asked Gates to name his favorite talks and though it was difficult for him, the Microsoft co-founder picked 13 of his favorites. Subjects include… Read More

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Eric Schmidt says students should use Google Docs over Office ‘because it’s free!’

Why use Google Docs over Microsoft Word? According to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, there’s a very simple answer. As a part of CNN’s ongoing “Chicagoland” documentary series, cameras followed Schmidt, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and IBM exec Stanley Litow into one of Chicago’s IBM-funded technical schools. As a part of the executives’ visit, a teacher… Read More

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Social media analytics startup Simply Measured raises $20M, wants to be Seattle’s next tech titan

Simply Measured is simply on fire. Less than a year after the company took home GeekWire’s 2013 Startup of the Year award, the Seattle-based social media analytics startup is announcing a $20 million Series C round led by Trinity Ventures. CEO and co-founder Adam Schoenfeld said that the fresh funds will help the company grow its… Read More

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Backlash from Amazon Prime price hike may be worse than Amazon thought, report finds

Maybe Amazon didn’t just pull off the perfect price increase, after all? “Based on immediate Prime member reactions, they may have underestimated the negative effects of the increase,” said Robert Passikoff, founder and president of Brand Keys, a customer loyalty research consultancy. Four days after the Amazon told its Prime customers that it will be… Read More

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Driving politicians crazy: A breakdown of ride-sharing controversies, city-by-city

From California to Florida, city and state officials are debating how to regulate ride-sharing services. In Seattle, GeekWire has been following the subject closely as these hybrid taxi services and technology companies butt heads with traditional cab companies. On Monday, the Seattle city council will vote on whether to cap the number of drivers that can be… Read More

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How Microsoft’s Developer Division changed its workspace, and transformed how it works

The employees in Microsoft’s Developer Division spend their days creating a virtual environment for software development — making Visual Studio and related technologies used to develop apps and services across the cloud, device and desktop. So it was with a great amount of thought that the leaders of “DevDiv,” as it’s known, completely upended the… Read More